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Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
Julie Prodsky has never met anyone like Julie Braverman. Julie P was worried that she would not have any friends once she started at the High School of the Performing Arts, but now she has the coolest girl she has ever met for a best friend. Julie B is confident, has very permissive parents, and an amazing wardrobe. Once the two are close, Julie B initiates Julie P into the world of "getting" (shoplifting). Julie P quickly becomes addicted to the easily available clothing and other sundries, but even more addicting is the rush she feels whenever she steals something. Even better, her social life gets a boost when she starts dating. It is fun for a while, but soon Julie P's conscience begins to bother her. When she decides to stop shoplifting, her friendship with Julie B becomes very strained. Pollack tackles a somewhat touchy subject in a very humorous yet realistic manner. She manages to convey that shoplifting is an addiction, but is never preachy. Even non-shoplifters can appreciate the trials and triumphs of Julie.
2006, Viking/Penguin, Ages 12 up.

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Author: Pollack, Jenny
Review Date: FEBRUARY 15, 2006
Pages: 288
Price (hardback): $16.99
Publication Date: 3/1/2006 0:00:00
ISBN: 0-670-06061-5
ISBN (hardback): 0-670-06061-5
Category: CHILDREN'S

In this outstanding first novel, two 14-year old girls become best friends by forming a common bond: shoplifting. The two girls, both named Julie, haunt New York's boutiques and department stores, becoming more and more expert at stealing clothes. Julie P., the narrator, idolizes her friend but feels ever increasing fear and guilt over their stealing. Julie P. finally begins seeing a counselor as she struggles to quit stealing, then confesses to her mother. At last, she tells her friend that she won't continue stealing, whereupon Julie B. drops her cold. Almost immediately, however, Julie P. attracts the boy she idolizes. But when that new relationship also turns rocky, she wonders if she can rekindle her relationship with her lost friend. Pollack's writing keeps the story light enough for teen audiences, yet races along with real suspense as she convincingly explores the depths of adolescence. (Fiction. YA)

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Gr. 8-11.

The subtitle says it all. In her debut novel, Pollack has wrapped three juicy, sure-to-appeal elements into an appealing package, complete with a pink, ultrafeminine cover. It's the early 1980s, and Julie Prodsky, a native New Yorker, is a freshman at the famed High School of the Performing Arts. On her first day, she meets very cool, very friendly Julie Braverman, who introduces her to the fine points of "getting" (shoplifting). Soon, the girls' closets are full of purloined goods. Then Julie P. suffers pangs of remorse and goes to a therapist to help her deal with her kleptomania, which triggers a blowup with Julie B. First love comes in the form of a handsome junior, who, predictably, does narrator Julie P. wrong. The rather formulaic story is firmly anchored by references to the popular culture of the time, including lengthy descriptions of clothes, but readers won't be deterred by the firm sense of style or place as the plot is nearly irresistible. - Debbie Carton

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