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“My walls were stripped, and all that was left in the room was a pile of boxes and my mattress propped against the wall.”So begins Irene’s journey from an Upper West Side penthouse to—well, she’s not entirely sure where. Irene’s father, a corporate VP, is “downsized” when his company merges with another. When he can’t find work, her family’s lifestyle—and her mother’s spending—quickly catches up with them. Eventually, they’re forced to move in with Irene’s grandfather in the family farmhouse upstate. But what begins as the most disastrous summer of Irene’s life takes a surprising turn, and Irene must decide what she wants for herself after losing everything she was.

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Everything I Was

by Corinne Demas

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Life as she knows it is about to change completely for 13-year-old Irene. While most teenagers have to deal with the frustration of having little control of their lives, Irene has even less control than usual as some major life changes come about for her. Irene’s frustrations continue with what she anticipates will be a boring summer with little to do and no friends around. Then things start to look up for Irene.

The author does a great job of developing the characters which made it easy to relate to them. This is an excellent book that deals with the emotions of financial hardships, young romance, great friendships, worrying about struggling parents, and all the changes that come with moving to a new town. A fun and light, yet somewhat emotional read that will appeal to both teenage and adult audiences alike.

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Profanity/Language: 4 religious exclamations; 1 mild obscenity; 2 derogatory names; 2 F-Word derivatives.

Violence/Gore: 1 second-hand report of hit-and-run accident resulting in injury.

Sex/Nudity:  4 instances of kissing and holding hands; Touching face; Dad’s swim trunks fall down while climbing out of pool and show 2” of his behind.

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Job loss; Parental conflict; Mild lying; Minor having a crush on adult teacher; Chronic illness/health condition.

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13-year-old drinking champagne with parents and grandfather during a celebration. 

Reviewed By Jenny
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