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. Volume XIV Number 9 . . . .December 21, 2007
In this sequel to I Was a Teenage Popsicle, Floe Ryan, 17, has survived her first year of high school after returning to life from being cryonically frozen. Once again, the Cryonic Centre and its founders are facing problems with thawed patients who seem to be more susceptible to viruses than they should be. Floe and her new genius friend, Sophie, find a brilliant immunologist who solves the virus problem (in a completely unrealistic three days), thus enabling the Centre to cure recently thawed patients and to publicize their work. However, Floe's on-again, off-again love relationship with Taz, another "frozen popsicle," is the real centre of this delightful novel that will appeal to all junior high girls with its insightful, gentle, kind and hilariously funny high school clique angst.
Rosenbaum has created a strong female character in Floe, whose self-deprecating wit, fierce loyalty to family and friends, and determination to be accepted and fit in set the bar high. In keeping with the centrality of the female protagonist, the secondary male characters, seen from the girls' point of view, are somewhat puzzling. Their viewpoint and actions, especially their pre-occupation with smashball, meet the stereotypes of teenage boys, and their motives are hidden by a fog of misunderstanding that only partially lifts when the characters begin to work on problems together. Floe's nerdy friend, Sophie, lovable, but a social disaster, shows that the real way to boy's heart is through shared interests. Floe's hippie parents, bewildered by technology, are nevertheless loved and protected by Floe.
Joan Marshall is a Winnipeg, MB, bookseller who vividly remembers how critical it is for high school girls to fit in.
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