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READ PDF â Love Is A Four Letter Word õ Clarissa Delaney has never given the word love much thought, since she is worried about her mother s illness and losing her best friend Benji to a bunch of musical theatre nerds But when she meets Michael, everything changes J ai ador ce livre plus que le premier, C comme Catastrophe Clarissa est vraiment en train de grandir sur moi J adore sa personalit Et je trouve que les sujets qui ont t parl dans ce livre touchent vraiment la soci t comme une pleine. One of my lucky literature related discoveries of last year was VanSickle s first novel, Words That Start With B After reading that and Susin Nielsen s Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom, I was left thinking that Canada really does have some amazing new children s authors.But I digress Love Is a Four Letter Word picks up one year after Words That Start With B Clarissa is as feisty and sort of lovably ornery as ever still best friends with Benji reluctantly close friends with boy cra One of my lucky literature related discoveries of last year was VanSickle s first novel, Words That Start With B After reading that and Susin Nielsen s Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom, I was left thinking that Canada really does have some amazing new children s authors.But I digress Love Is a Four Letter Word picks up one year after Words That Start With B Clarissa is as feisty and sort of lovably ornery as ever still best friends with Benji reluctantly close friends with boy crazy Mattie and still waiting and wishing for her mother s cancer to be in remission.Clarissa throws herself into preparing to audition for a local theatre production of The Wizard of Oz She plans to try out and win the part of Dorothy Benji comes along only for the promise of getting to show his costume and design sketches off Lo and behold, after auditioning and forgetting to show his designs Benji gets a major ACTING part in the play Clarissa does not get even a callback, much to her dismay Now here is what I adore about Clarissa Louise Delaney she is such a real heroine and kudos to the author for getting the emotions of a young teen so right She reacts like I think the rest us of would she feels hurt, angry, jealous, you name it But she also loves Benji, acknowledges her feeling crappy about the situation, and is totally there for him, despite all else Clarissa may be prickly and awkward about emotions and feelings, but she loves and protects those around her very fiercely.Further complications come into Clarissa s life by way of boys Micheal, her classmate who is not quite a crush, and Doug, her mother s new boyfriend Clarissa s mixed up and nervous reactions to Micheal s interest in her are all too relatable their interactions are awkward, unfamiliar, yet so lovely but never saccharine The majority of Clarissa s reactions to Doug, however, err on the side of disdain Doug seems like such a nice man, and appears to so genuinely adore Annie, Clarissa s mom, that you start to really wish Clarissa would just hurry up and warm to him But that wouldn t be Clarissa s way now, would it Verdict Excellent highly recommended reading Funny, heart warming and contemporary Loved it If you enjoyed Shug by Jenny Han, or enjoyed the Anastasia Krupnik series by Lois Lowry, or have enjoyed the work of Susin Nielsen, I think you will love this My daughter and I were so excited to read this follow up book to VanSickle s Words That Start with B My daughter said she liked this one as much as the first and I liked it even better It was funny, down to earth and tackled topics any tween could embrace friendships, first crushes, and parental illness.Clarissa is a smart spunky girl who continues to experiencechanges in her life Her mom has survived cancer but is still not out of the loop What s , she starts dating her personal My daughter and I were so excited to read this follow up book to VanSickle s Words That Start with B My daughter said she liked this one as much as the first and I liked it even better It was funny, down to earth and tackled topics any tween could embrace friendships, first crushes, and parental illness.Clarissa is a smart spunky girl who continues to experiencechanges in her life Her mom has survived cancer but is still not out of the loop What s , she starts dating her personal trainer and this is all new to Clarissa whose mom never dated before Her best friend Benji passes the audition for a musical and spendstime with his new theatre buddies Clarissa s friend Mattie is a romantic and dreams of falling in love, whereas none of this has ever crossed Clarissa s mind until Michael, her new friend seems to wantthan friendship.First off, I love the way VanSickle handles the topic of love among thirteen year olds Clarissa is not boy crazy, yet she is in the process of discovering about love especially since her mom has fallen in love, which is a big deal for a single child in a single parent family As a mom I appreciated that VanSickle handled this topic well, unlike the plethora of middle grade books that have thirteen year olds dating as if they are responsible adults.VanSickle s writing and dialogue is great, pulling us in from the very start so that it was so hard to stop reading once we started My daughter and I loved reading this book together There were things she could relate to and things I could relate to Once again, the cast of characters was great Seeing things from Clarissa s point of view was priceless, and VanSickle captured the voice of an opinionated and outspoken girl right on My daughter and I thought the ending was perfect, too.We highly recommend this book for mother and daughter book clubs It can be read as a stand alone but we recommend reading the first book as well VanSickle has made it on out list of favorite authors and we eagerly await her next novel Oh, MG.