Jo Knowles, July 2011. Henry and Bean are BFFs partly because they both have strange family lives.  Henry lives with his mom, who never leaves the house and spends her days eating Doritos and watching soaps. Bean lives with her mom and grandpa, who don’t get along.  But after Grandpa dies, things change. Bean’s mom and her best friend Claire start hanging out with Henry’s mom, convincing her to have cocktails and get makeovers with them.

Then it all falls apart. Bean learns that her dad and Henry’s had the same first name – could they be the same person?  And she finds out why her grandpa and her mom didn’t get along: her mom is in love with Claire, and always has been.

Henry and Bean seem younger than their given age of fifteen, and the reader will doubtless see Claire-as-new-mommy coming from far away. Still, the story is well-paced and the characters are real. A nice coming-of-age with just enough secrets to make it interesting.

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2 Responses to Pearl

  1. alyssa says:

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  2. Angie says:

    This book was terrible. I wish I could give it negative stars.
    The plot makes no sense whatsoever and the characters are poorly developed. All of a sudden, Henry’s agoraphobic mom leaves the house after 15 years of solitude and starts hanging out with Bean’s mom? And Bean’s Mom never gave any indication she was gay for 15 years?

    I understand that Bean’s mom, Lexie, was putting on an act for Gus, and when he died, it was time to be herself. But not just the next day. And if this Claire was her partner for the last 15 years, she would have been nicer to Bean. She also wouldn’t have gone all dyked out with her hairstyle suddenly. Gus wasn’t Claire’s Dad, so she could have looked as gay as she wanted.
    It makes me wonder if the author has ever met a real-life lesbian.

    While reading Lexie’s coming-out scene, a co-worker described my face as “Like someone is making you eat worms.

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