Alive and Well in Prague, New York (Laura Geringer Books) by Daphne Grab

By Daphne Grab

Matisse Osgood is a brand new York urban lady via and during. She buys her outfits at Andy's Cheapies, watches indie motion pictures on the Angelika, and would not be stuck useless on a hayride. but if her father will get ill and Matisse's mom and dad choose to depart Man-hattan for a small city in upstate long island, her ideal global crumbles. As Matisse trudges via lifestyles in Prague, she desires of waking up in her condo on West 78th highway with a father who is good adequate to stroll together with her in imperative Park and a mom who does not faux that every little thing is ok. while rumors encompass Matisse in class and her father's signs irritate, Matisse realizes that the buddies she's making in Prague are the sort you could anticipate. they assist Matisse locate the energy to arrive out to her father, who is probably not as faraway from her as she concept. And one specific farm boy indicates Matisse that nation dwelling is lots extra magical than she ever imagined.

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But before I could ask her about the overalls hick, he was standing at the table. “Hi, Hal,” Violet said, acting like he was normal. ” I took a closer look at Hal as he and Violet chatted. He had a large head with oversize features—it gave him kind of a goofy, puppy-dog look. His hair was even worse than it had been in the morning, because he’d mashed the front part down but the back still poked out in all directions. He had calluses on his large hands, and he was wearing muddy work boots. I wasn’t impressed, but Violet was smiling at him, so I figured he couldn’t be too bad.

Meet Mr. and Ms. ” I asked. “Yeah, they really suck. That’s Jennifer, the head cheerleader and bitch supreme of the school. ” I felt pretty confident some cheerleader from Backwater, USA, wasn’t going to mess with me, but I was too interested in Marco’s relationship with Violet to get into that. ” “Marco, the school quarterback, class president, soon to be prom king, most popular guy in the universe. ” “He seems fond of you,” I said. ” “Actually it’s our moms who are best friends. ” Violet looked like it was physically painful to think about.

Violet asked, her eyebrows knitting together. “Yeah. I need some romance to spice up my life,” I said. “That makes sense,” she said. ” Violet waved dismissively. “No one, really. I went to a dance in ninth grade with this guy Stan who played chess. It was okay—not really a date though. ” She took a bite of her cafeteria pizza. “Yup. ” I sighed wistfully. ” She seemed interested, so I went on. “My freshman year I was with this guy Raven. ” I smiled, remembering how good he looked that first day back at school, his long blond hair baked a white gold, and those awesome surfing muscles he’d developed.

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