July 2, 2013
If I Tell
by Janet Gurtler
When Jaz catches her mom's boyfriend making out with her best friend Lacey, her life falls apart. Already messed up because of a past racial bullying incident and unresolved identity issues, her tendency to bottle things up just makes things worse. It takes quite a while for Jaz to sort things out; many readers are bound to lose patience with her. It's amazing that her friend Ashley and want-to-be-boyfriend Jackson bother to stick around. Things come to a head with her mother's postpartum depression, making Jaz finally able to stop feeling sorry for herself.
A fluffy summertime read with enough drama and romance to satisfy teenage audiences.