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Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent's divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she's changed. The former "girl next door" now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, "Old Lucy" still exists, and he's determined to find her... even if it means pissing her off.

Garden State meets Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist in this funny and poignant illustrated novel about opposites who fall in love.
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School Library Journal Review
Gr 8 Up-Teenagers Evan and Lucy have been best friends since they were small, despite Lucy moving with her mother to Georgia after her parents' divorce. During winter breaks, she returns to her father in New England for the holidays and the two friends reconnect. But senior year, the pretty long-brown-haired girl Evan always knew appears with short, black hair; a nose stud; a cigarette habit; and an attitude that matches her dark look. "New Lucy" eventually gives way to "Old Lucy" in the midst of Evan's friendship, nurturing family, and close pals, but New Lucy lingers. It takes Evan falling for her for Lucy to reveal her problematic home life in Georgia, her bad-news boyfriend with whom she has a sexual relationship, and her experimentation with drinking and drugs. Evan has his own troubles, including pressure from his father to excel, and when he tries to talk things out, Lucy leaves on bitter terms. Though the ending omits if or how Lucy ever gets help, it seems promising. Black-and-white drawings and Evan's fantasy comic, "Aelysthia," complement the insightful third-person, character-driven story. Like Emond's popular Happyface (Little, Brown, 2010), this tale of insecurity, angst, and shaky romance is one to which teens can easily relate.-Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, CO (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Evan, a high-school senior and boy on the right track, waits each year for his childhood friend, Lucy, to come home for Christmas vacation to see her dad. Each holiday season, the teens fall back into their comfortable relationship, but this year Lucy shows up with a nose ring and an attitude. In the first half of the book, Evan describes his struggle to understand the change in Lucy as they tentatively try to get back to their old selves. In the second half, Lucy's portion, we learn how her life in Atlanta has fallen apart, with drugs and sex part of the scene. The question is, will Evan save Lucy or will she pull him so far out of his comfort zone that he jeopardizes his future? Some of this seems derivative; the Evan-Lucy relationship is reminiscent of Pudge and Alaska in Looking for Alaska (2005). But the interplay between the duo is fraught with realistic teen angst, and Evan, an artist, provides a running comic-book commentary that engages readers visually. Tension about where this relationship is going continues to the book's last page.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist
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