Award-winning author Catherine Atkins unveils the complex lives of today's teens in a story told through the raw, uncensored voices of its young characters. Shy, fat Susan Calloway knows she has nothing in common with the five other students in the afterschool group counseling sessions she's forced to attend to avoid expulsion. But as Susan and the others verbally attack each other and defend their own viewpoints each week, they begin to understand that none of their lives are as simple and straightforward as they appear on the surface.
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by Meg Cabot
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by Tonya Hurley
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by Kristen Randle
by Matt Christopher
"When earnest, pumpkin-faced school counselor Roy Duffy creates a behavioral group in the vocational ed trailer of Wayne High School, Susan Callaway, a smart, overweight outsider, joins her partner in crime, Brendan Slater, gay "school freak" and penultimate outsider, in the weekly remediation sessions. Johanna Parker's versatile reading captures the strong personalities of the six group members who gather to talk about their problems rather than face expulsion for their various infractions. While Randy Callahan struggles toward honesty and friendliness, hot girl Tracee Ellison irritates with phony sincerity. Amber Hawkins cleaves to her tough-girl stance as Kale Krasner sneers every syllable. Susan's desperation and slow blossoming over the 12 weeks shine through Parker's reading. T.B. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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