Plot without spoilers: In the wake of her parents' divorce, Mclean Sweet follows her dad as his restaurant consulting job takes him from town to town. In each place, she creates a new identity--even takes on a new name. Then she arrives in Lakeview where a failing bistro and some misfit classmates, including the uber-smart Dave Wade, make Mclean reconsider the self she left behind.
Literary highlights: Dessen explores identity at many levels, from the literal naming of her protagonist to the ways in which the people we befriend, follow, share a meal with, love and even abandon speak to who we are.
Finally, just gotta say: This is a fun read for anyone who has ever wished for the opportunity to try on a new, unencumbered identity (and who hasn't had that dream at some point)? It's interesting to watch Mclean sort out which friendships she'll reach for and what activities she'll join at her latest new school. Some of her choices are delightful surprises. A lovely book that lingers in your mind after you reach the last page.
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