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*Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before* by David Yoo - young adult book review
Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before
by David Yoo
Ages 15+ 384 pages Hyperion March 2010 Paperback    

Oh, the joy and delight of first love. Oh, the agony and heartbreak of first love.

Either way you look at it, that first romance can keep you awake nights, cause you to lose your appetite and make you do things that you thought you would never do. It doesnít make you want to run out and fall in love, does it? Yet it is a rite of passage for every adolescent.

When Albert is first alone with Mia, he is speechless. She is so beautiful that he canít think of a single thing to say to her that would be worthy of this moment. It will take him an entire summer to begin to understand the depth of this young girl who has chosen to spend time with him.

Mia is the girl that all the other girls hate - beautiful, popular, well spoken, and dating the high school athlete. But Mia is hiding problems that no one else knows about, and the last person she expects to be able to share them with is Albert.

Ryan is the big man on campus who expects things to always go right for him with little or no effort on his part. When his steady girlfriend dumps him and starts showing up with the school nerd, he just canít seem to make it work in his head. Ryan has more serious problems on the horizon, and his relationship with Mia will be a big part of that.

Another coming-of-age story for older teens, Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before has great promise. It brings focus on school bullies, stereotypes and relationships. This is a great summer read for the high school freshman or sophomore. Sexual references are general in nature and do not include specifics or descriptions.
 
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