On Sale: January 5, 2017
Featuring: Alexandra Geller; Paula Hanover; Amber Klein
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Young Adult | Contemporary
Alexandra Geller is a bright, underachieving fourteen-
year-old coming of age in the big hair 1980’s. The sudden
death of her mother five years ago, and her relationship
with her well-meaning but emotionally unavailable father,
leaves her vulnerable as she tries to figure out who she
is. Early in her freshman year, she’s befriended by Paula
Hanover, a young, attractive science teacher at her high
school. Paula’s irreverence and charm attracts the
attention of the girls, who look up to her, and the boys,
who have crushes on her.
Alex is thrilled to be chosen by this woman and relishes
the feeling of finally “belonging” to a mother figure.
Paula’s intentions aren’t so benevolent, as she slowly
and carefully draws Alex into a relationship designed to
meet her own needs, not Alex’s. Desperate for maternal
attention, Alex finds ways to ignore the vague sense that
something is wrong. Her compelling story sheds light on a
common, but rarely talked about kind of trauma which is
subtle, and occurs under the radar.
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