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Out of the blue, Ruthie has fallen in love with the boy next door, Marcus. He's suddenly grown up and made her heart go thwang, and Ruthie has no idea what to do about it. Then new girl, Jenna, shows up at school, and Ruthie realizes she has to do something, and fast. Jenna is perfect, from her perfectly straight hair to her perfectly manicured toes. Marcus has noticed her, too, and worse, Jenna has noticed him right back. Ruthie knows she has to call her aunt, New York's "Goddess of Love. " If Aunt Marty, romance columnist and woman of the world, can't turn Ruthie into a perfect girl, no one can . . . but she might also turn Ruthie's entire world upside down.
I don't speak the language. I don't like meeting new people. And I have no idea where Umbria is. Who cares?! I'm going to Italy! Hayley is overweight, and she's never felt happy in her own skin. But this summer everything is going to change. She's off to Italy, where she'll discover what real pizza tastes like, what real beauty looks like, and maybe even what true amore can be.
Libby's father is a drunk, her mum wouldn't know the meaning of home cooking if it landed in her lap and her brother's in trouble with the police - but none of this matters, as Zack is interested in HER, not her home-life. But just as things are working out on the boy front, Libby's family lose their home, and have to move in with their gran. Libby has to start a new school, give up her plans for Zack, and leave her best friend Nadine behind. But slowly she discovers there really IS a silver lining to every grey cloud - and there's plenty to fall in love with in her new home: her gran's cooking, the school outsider who stands up to the bullies, and the deadbeat boy who wants to show her the beauty of the desert. . .
Susanna Barringer sees her internship at Scene magazine as a dream come true. She'll scoop the latest celebrity stories and be the youngest journalist to rub elbows with the stars. However, things don't come as easily as she hopes, and only now after months of hard work for her demanding Devil Wears Prada boss, Nell Wickham, does it seem her efforts are about to pay off. In her next assignment for the magazine, she'll be covering New York Fashion Week! She's learned that gray is the new black, shorts are the new slacks, and that there is actually a difference between a catwalk and a runway-all she needs now is a story, which should be no problem for the girl who can get a story no matter what. After all, it can't be that hard to get backstage-can it?
Following her success as work experience girl at a celebrity news magazine, Susanna's been asked to help out with the juiciest job of all - covering the Oscars, live from LA! She can hardly believe her luck. This is her ultimate chance to schmooze with the A-list and get her hands on some National Enquirer-worthy scoops. . . But poor Susanna soon comes crashing down to earth as she realises what her job really entails. Once again Nell, the editor, treats her like a personal slave (well, who else is going to walk madam's handbag-sized pooch?) - and even when Susanna scores some time alone to investigate the venue, she comes up against some pretty tough security guards. And then she loses her press pass. All in all, it seems unlikely that Susanna will reach the stars in time for the big night. But then again, this is a girl who thrives on a challenge. . .
Susanna jets off to the UK to score an international scoop for Scene magazine and dazzle her boss with her cunning, skill, and wit. Needless to say, Susanna's plans don't always go as, well, planned. But nothing is going to stop this reporter from getting a great story for the London edition of Teen Scene-not Francesca, her snooty arch-nemesis, not her crush on the boy in the local deli, and definitely not the fact that the bright lights of the city seem very far away from the small Kent village where she's staying. Hilarious, heart-warming, and totally fabulous, Susanna is in London and loving it!
SUSANNA BARRINGER'S INTERNSHIP atScenemagazine is a dream come true. She'll scoop the latest celebrity stories and be the youngest journalist to rub elbows with the stars. But her first real celebrity sighting is a disaster. And her second. Then her third. Her boss can't remember her name. And her co-workers are mocking her interview skills along with her fashion sense. Is Susanna out of her league? Or can she reach the stars to get the scoop of the summer? From the Trade Paperback edition.
One family, two sisters, a lifetime of secrets . . . The third child in a family that wanted only two, Muriel Sullivant has always been an outsider. Short, dark-haired, and round, she worships her beautiful blond sister, Pia, and envies the close bond she shares with their mother, Lidia. Growing up in their shadow, Muriel believes that if she keeps all their secrets--and she knows plenty, outsiders always do--they will love her, too.But that was a long time ago. Now an adult, Muriel has accepted the disappointments in her life. With her fourth-floor walk-up apartment and entry-level New York City job, she never will measure up to Pia and her wealthy husband, their daughter, and their suburban Connecticut dream home. Muriel would like nothing better than to avoid her judgmental family altogether. One thing she does quite well.Until the day Pia shows up to visit and share devastating news that Muriel knows she cannot tell--a secret that will force her to come to terms with the past and help her see her life and her family in unexpected new ways.Two Sisters is a powerful and poignant debut novel about two sisters--opposites in every way--as well as their mother and the secrets and lies that define them all.