Peace, Love, and Baby DucksTitle: Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks
Author: Lauren Myracle
ISBN: 9780525477433
Pages: 292 pages
Publisher/Date: Dutton Books, c2009.

All day long, I get comments on: (a) how awful my hair looks, and, (b) how hot my sister is. I don’t get it. Do people not consider the possibility that maybe they’re being the tiniest bit insensitive, saying things like, “Omigod, you must have wanted to kill your stylist,” and then informing me how incredibly gorgeous Anna is? (45)

After being gone for the entire summer, sophomore Carly returns to find her freshman sister Anna has grown, and the boys at their ultra-exclusive Catholic high school are noticing. While Carly tries not to be jealous, it’s hard to ignore everyone’s comments. Tension rises when Carly tries to distinguish herself from the rest of the rich Barbies, which she feels Anna is trying to become. Add in a hot exchange student who every girl desires and an unsupervised party, and the girls come to realize what is really important.

I haven’t read anything by Lauren Myracle since ttyl in high school, so I guess you could say I’m a little out of the loop. What I remember about that book I liked, so I was looking forward to reading her again. While the ending hit a correct note, it was the beginning that seemed slow and sluggish. I had some issues with Carly, who was trying so hard to differentiate herself from the life she lives and the people who surround her. I wish the parents would have been more developed, so we could figure out their motivation for the way they acted and treated their daughters. The resolutions seemed…. clean at the end. I did like though the internalization of Carly, and the complexity of her relationships, because that was what made it realistic to me.

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