Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods

Author: Ann Cameron

First line: One Summer day Amanda Woods traded her right hand for Lyle Leveridge's.

Why you should read this book: Her mother and her older sister are driven perfectionists, her father is loving but uncommunicative, and her only friend is moving to Montana, leaving Amanda to withdraw into herself, but Lyle's parting gift gives her the strength to remake her life. Observing those around her, Amanda chooses a new identity and begins to participate in her own life, constantly surprised to learn that others are not as she first perceives them. This is a journey from childhood to the beginning of growing up, and Amanda K. Woods must find her own path.

Why you should not read this book: Martha Stewart is your co-pilot.

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