Girls find they're not so different

BEST BETS

April 25, 2002|By Tricia Bishop

Go Girl!, the East Columbia Branch Library's mother-daughter book club, meets Saturday to discuss Define "Normal" by Julie Anne Peters.

The book, written for a young-adult audience, traces the development of an unlikely friendship between two middle schoolers: honor student Antonia Dillon and punked-up Jasmine "Jazz" Luther, whose interests seem to lie in piercings and tattoos.

The girls meet - and the book begins - when Antonia is assigned as Jazz's peer counselor:

I opened the door and froze. Not Jazz Luther. Couldn't be. Impossible. My jaw stuck in the gape-open position.

"What are you looking at?" Jazz sneered at me.

Your purple hair? Your black lips? Your shredded jeans?

"Nothing," I muttered.

"You my peer counselor?" Jazz asked, clunking ankle-high boots up on the conference table. ...

My stomach knotted. "Guess so." I thought, Define "peer."

Jazz snorted. She must've had the same thought.

First impressions aside, the girls slowly begin to open up to one another and discover they have more in common than they'd ever have thought - including parents who aren't living up to their expectations.

Registration and reading of the book are required. 7 p.m., 6600 Cradlerock Way, 410-313-7700.

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