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Dec 08, 2009
| ISBN 9780375893803
| Young Adult
Dec 08, 2009 | ISBN 9780375893803 | Young Adult
An adorable, completely original YA voice.Lotus Lowenstein’s life is merde. She dreams of moving to Paris and becoming an existentialist. Yet here she is trapped in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with a New-Agey mom, an out-of-work dad, and a chess champion brother who dreams of being a rock star. Merci à Dieu for Lotus’s best friend, Joni, who loves French culture enough to cofound their high school’s first French Club with Lotus. At the first meeting, the cutest boy in the world walks in. His name is Sean, and he too loves French culture and worships Jean-Paul Sartre. At first, Lotus thinks Sean is the best thing to happen to her in years. He’s smart, cultured, and adorable. Unfortunately, though, Joni feels the same way. And having an existentialist view of love, Sean sees nothing wrong with enjoying both girls’ affections. Things come to a head when all three depart for Montreal with their teacher, Ms. G, on the French Club’s first official field trip. Will Sean choose Joni over Lotus? And will Lotus and Joni’s friendship ever recover?
Libby Schmais, MFA, MLS, a full-time researcher, also writes frequently on complementary medicine topics. She and Moore have worked together at Gilda’s Club, a national organization dedicated to providing and advocating wellness for cancer survivors.
Review, Girls’ Life, December 2009/January 2010:“Honest and witty, Lotus makes you see why buds should always come before boys.”
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