" A must read for everyone who is a sister, never had a sister and wished for one, or simply longs for a page-turning novel that holds you in its tender, often hilarious and poignant grip from page one. I was so moved by this novel that I have promised it to every woman in my life. Loaded with emotion, laughter, surprise and ultimately the message of the fragility of life, Two Sisters will burn through the sisterhood of book clubs like a fever."     

 

-- Adriana Trigiani New York Times bestselling author of 

Young Adult Novels

 

"That's who I am: The funny girl. The friend. Nobody's girlfriend. The girl with the pretty face."

 

Hayley wishes she could love living in L.A., a block from the beach, where every day—and everybody—is beautiful and sunny. But she's not blond, not tan, and certainly not uber-skinny. Hayley is smart and witty and has such a pretty . . . face. Translation: Don't even think about putting on a bikini or dating superhot Drew Wyler. Face it, Hayley: Drew will never think of you as more than a friend.

 

Just when Hayley feels doomed to live her life in the fat lane, her parents send her to Italy for the summer. There, under the Italian sun, Hayley's vision of herself changes. She's curvy, not fat. Pizza isn't evil. And life is so much more than one-size-fits-all. Especially when she finally finds true amore.

 

One summer day, Libby and her best friend hatch a plan: Before their freshman year is over, they will each have a serious kiss. Not some slobber session. A REAL kiss. Love. Libby even has the boy picked out. But Libby's too-crazy-to-believe parents have another plan: They're moving. To the middle of nowhere. Far from Libby's friends and all hope of a normal life.

 

Just when things are seriously falling apart, Libby discovers that the key to happiness--and a serious kiss--is far from having "The Perfect Plan". In fact, the moment she surrenders, LIFE takes her exactly where she longs to go. 

 

 

 

Ruthie Bayer is stuck. Her mom is totally overprotective, her dad is nonexistent, and her best friends can't help her when she needs them most: Out of the blue, Ruthie has fallen in love with (literally!) the boy next door. Perry has suddenly grown up and made her heart go thwang, and Ruthie has no idea what to do about it.

 

Then a new girl shows up at school, a PERFECT girl, and Ruthie realizes she has to do something fast. Perry has noticed Perfect Girl, too, and (worse!) she has noticed him right back. Ruthie knows she has to call on her aunt, New York's "Goddess of Love." If Aunt Marty, romance columnist and woman of the world, can't turn Ruthie into a girl who can turn Perry's head, no one can . . . but she might also turn Ruthie's world upside down.

Susanna Barringer has it made. Using her guts and wits, she manages to convince mega-editor, Nell Wickham to hire her at the New York City celebrity magazine Scene for the summer. That's when the trouble starts. While Susanna envisions interviewing Brad and Angelina, she ends up fetching coffee and low-carb muffins and killing a giant cockroach in her neurotic boss's bathroom. Not exactly the glam internship Susanna had in mind.

 

What to do? Figure out a way to get the scoop of the century, of course! Show them what a "mere" teen

can do.

 

Susanna Barringer, celebrity reporter, is off to Hollywood for the Academy Awards. She'll parade down the red carpet, schmooze with the stars and land a scoop for Scene magazine.

 

Well...not exactly.

 

When her ticket to fame is lost on her first day in Tinseltown, Susanna concocts a high-stakes plan to get back on the inside.  In this sea of celebrity reporters, it takes a teen with ga-ga guts to rise to the top. Plus, an imagination made for Hollywood!

Gray is the new black and shorts are the new pants--or is  it pink and skinny jeans? And what is the difference between a catwalk and a runway ? All Susanna knows for sure about the fashion world is that Nell, her demanding Devil Boss, is definitely a certifiable nutcase.

 

It's Fashion Week in New York City and Susanna is smack in the middle of the action. Not that she's been invited backstage. But how hard can it be to sneak past the guards and the cameras and the velvet ropes and find out what's really hot in fashion?

 

Especially when she's the teen who will get the story no matter WHAT.

Goodbye NYC! Hello London! In her biggest adventure to date, Susanna jets off to London to score an international scoop for the new Teen Scene magazine and dazzle her boss with her cunning, skill and wit.

 

Needless to say, in true Susanna style, her plans don't always go as, well, planned. But nothing is going to stop this reporter from getting a great story--not Francesca,  her snooty arch-nemesis, not her crush on the boy in the local chip shop, and definitely not the fact that the bright lights of London seem very far away from the small Kent village where she's staying...

 

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