The Take-Over Friend
by Carol Dines
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Pub Date 27 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 07 Oct 2022
Fitzroy Books/Regal House Publishing, Fitzroy Books
On the second day of ninth grade, introverted Frances meets Sonja, a wildly funny newcomer from France, and the girls form a fast friendship. Frances adores Sonja’s worldliness, and Sonja adores Frances’s family, especially her older brother, Will. Frances and Sonja immediately declare themselves “The Poets” and rally their homeroom to enter the homecoming parade with a poetry-mobile built from Frances’s father’s old band bus. But respective family crises begin to escalate, and tensions come to a head when Sonja temporarily moves in with Frances's family—forcing each friend to decide how close is too close. Alternatingly funny and poignant, The Take-Over Friend is a smart page-turner that focuses on the importance of finding your own voice in relationships.
A Note From the Publisher
”How many of us have fallen for that teenage friendship, alluring and dangerous all at once! The Take-Over Friend is engaging, heart stopping, wonderfully written novel about trusts broken and boundaries crossed.”
—Judith Katz, author of The Escape Artist and Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound
“Equal parts wry and heartbreaking, The Takeover-Friend deftly and seamlessly weaves a compelling story about the complex nature of adolescent friendship with a deep and thoughtful dive into the impact of mental illness on one family. A timely, moving, and thought-provoking novel.”
—Gary Eldon Peter, author of Oranges and The Complicated Calculus (and Cows) of Carl Paulsen
“Carol Dines perfectly captures the intoxication and relief that can be found in an intense new friendship, along with the little warning signs that are easy to dismiss when all one wants is to be swept up in the thrill of that bond. The Take-Over Friend is a beautiful, layered novel about what can happen when we ignore our own inner wisdom. It will live inside readers long after they reach the last page.”
—Ona Gritz, author of Present Imperfect, Tangerines and Tea and Starfish Summer
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