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The kind of friends we used to be
Frances O'Roark Dowell
Children's Fiction DOWELL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This sequel to Dowell's The Secret Language of Girls follows Marylin and Kate as they start seventh grade on a tense note, having drifted from being BFFs to being neighbors who tiptoe around each other, unsure of what to say. The third-person perspective shifts between the two: Marylin learns that being a cheerleader means putting up with obnoxious snobs, and Kate develops an interest in songwriting. This even-handedness is both a strength and a weakness. Both girls are sympathetic but the constant switching back and forth between their various crises-Marylin's parents' divorce; Kate's anxiety over a cute boy in her creative writing club-means neither girl's story gets substantial treatment. It's more a slice of middle school life, kept afloat by Dowell's smart insights into the way the middle school mind works. The territory is familiar, but for girls on either end of a friendship whose contours keep changing, Dowell's treatment will act as a balm. Ages 8-12. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Kate Faber
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Age: 12
Never cared what others thought, until she fell in love; her best friend has stopped talking to her and feels they are growing apart; wishes things would be like the old days; becomes interested in songwriting.
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Marylin
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Neighbor of Kate; no longer best friends with Kate; learns what it takes to be a cheerleader; parents divorce.
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