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Gr 9 Up-Rose Regnero, star reporter, has spent almost four intense years working in the newspaper room alongside editor-in-chief, Grant. But just before the end of her last semester, she abruptly quits, announcing that she wants a different, normal life. Grant, who is unconsciously besotted with her, feels blindsided and can't understand what happened. Rose attends prom only to find herself face-to-face with Grant when an alarm sounds and all the students are put on lockdown. There's reportedly an active shooter in the building and everyone is terrified, but all Grant can focus on is that this could be the story of his career-and he's betting it will bring Rose back into his life. Meanwhile, Rose knows more about the emergency than she lets on but she's unsure she wants to involve herself with Grant. Uneven writing mars this story of two teens who are perfect for each other but can't seem to get it together, set in the frightening scenario of recent shootings. Descriptive sequences are clear and exceptionally visual, but characterization sometimes lack authenticity. Sequential plotting often suffers during the shooting scenes. Still, in her sophomore effort, Lehrman has long moments of brilliance and is a writer to watch. VERDICT An uneven but promising effort for those who enjoy stories of unrequited love, journalism, or topical novels on current news themes.-Susan -Riley, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
<p>A witty, fresh romantic comedy, set on one fateful prom night, about two high-schools seniors who can't quite admit they are in love. Think E. Lockhart meets Katie Cotugno.</p> <p>It's the end of senior year, and Rose Regnero is over it.</p> <p>She's over chasing stories for a school newspaper no one reads. Over missing out on "normal" high school life. And most of all, over Grant Leitch: editor-in-chief, former close friend, never-quite-boyfriend. Now all she wants is a typical prom, complete with handsome date, fancy corsage, and dancing to cheesy pop songs.</p> <p>It's the end of senior year, and Grant Leitch is in denial.</p> <p>He's in denial about handing over the reins of the paper to an unworthy underclassman. In denial that Rose suddenly, inexplicably quit the paper and now won't talk to him. But mostly he's in denial that she is at prom with another guy, and it's no one's fault but his own. Grant's only hope of luring Rose back to him (and the paper) is a juicy story she won't be able to resist.</p> <p>In the end it takes a toga-wearing prom crasher, an emergency lockdown, a secret stalker, and a wild after-party to bring Grant and Rose together for one last story...and one final chance to admit that they're made for each other.</p>
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