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If You Live Like Me

by Lori Weber

Published by Lobster Press, 2009
331 pages
ISBN: 978-1-897550-12-0

Ages 13 and older

As their plane descends over the craggy coastline of Newfoundland, Cherylís response to her parentsí rising excitement is sullen at best. After moving from place to place for her fatherís research on dying cultures, Cheryl has no intention of putting roots down in St. Johnís, the fishing community where they will live. In fact, Cheryl is secretly determined to put her bags on bus or boat as soon as she can find the means to get back their home base in Montreal. Soon after her arrival though, Cheryl meets her neighbor Jim, a sweet, nerdy teen who tours her around town with his enormous dog Boss. She reluctantly learns to appreciate her new surroundings through Jimís eyes, yet continues to battle with her parents over their enthusiasm and motives for moving there. Like rough waves pounding on the stubborn shore, Cherylís resolute and prickly mood wears on her parents, and herself. With Jim, Cherylís softer side is exposed and romance develops. From his stressful family dynamics, due to the declining fishing economy, Cheryl begins to revise her understanding of commitment and connection. The interplay between exterior and interior, as well as inclusion and exclusion, are deftly described by Lori Weber in this memorable novel about people and place. CCBC categories: Fiction for Young Adults.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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