Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Summer of Mrs. MacGregor

Written by: Betty Ren Wright

First line: When Caroline's mother was frightened, her freckles popped out and she looked no older than her daughters.

Why you should read this book: Caroline's sister is really sick, and her mother has taken her to Boston to see a specialist, while Caroline is stuck home all summer, with only her stepfather to keep her company in the evenings, plus a part-time job looking after crotchety old Mr. Jameson to occupy her attention in the afternoons. Then she meets older, glamorous Lillina MacGregor, married to a rich older man at seventeen, passing her summer taking portraits, writing a novel, and bulking up her modeling portfolio...or is she? A down-to-earth girl and a troubled teen learn to balance each other's sense of normalcy and appropriateness.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You would call the police on your best friend's daughter.

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