Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Sigh. When the book started by talking about being young in 1985 and worrying about AIDS, I thought that would play a much larger role in the plot. Not so. In fact, there was no ostensible reason for the book to be set in the mid-80s. This story is run-of-the-mill outsider girl with pretty friend finds a boyfriend and learns Life Lessons, one that many of us have read many times before.
Ari's story of first love and of trying to find her place in the world while dealing with her 'perfect' best friend Summer and her mother's constant reminder that older sister Evelyn was a disappointment, didn't grab me as being anything special or new. Why it wasn't set today, while still discussing AIDS (still a concern, as are other STDs) is a mystery.
ARC provided by publisher.
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