CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 19 . . . . January 20, 2012
Alecia has the kind of life most teenagers would envy: she’s popular, has lots of friends, plays on what is set to become the #1 soccer team, and has a mom and a stepfather, Jeremy, that love and care about her. Alecia knows this and really does feel lucky. The problem is that the only thing she wants is the one thing she can’t have: her real dad who died when she was young. It might not be so bad if she remembered him, but all she has are some pictures she found in a drawer, pictures that don’t mean anything to her. Jeremy wants to be her real dad, but he could never be as great as her real dad. Even if she doesn’t remember anything about him, Alecia’s positive her birth father would have been better,.
Alecia is stressed enough when Jeremy comes up with a great idea: a friend from high school has a daughter who would be perfect for their already perfect soccer team. Lexi is a giant pain and is doing everything she can to ruin the team with her bad attitude. No one except Jeremy thinks Lexi deserves a chance, and Alecia doesn’t want to disappoint her teammates or Jeremy. Alecia wants to side with her friends, but she doesn’t want to disappoint Jeremy either. Alecia’s friends think she’ll do whatever Jeremy says; they just don’t understand, and Lexi is a know-it-all who thinks Alecia is lucky to have Jeremy. No one understands, and Alecia is doubting herself more and more. If her real dad were here, he would know exactly what to do…right?
Crystal Sutherland is a MEd (Literacy) and MLIS graduate living in Halifax, NS. She is solo-librarian for the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, an arms-length government agency created to educate the public and advise the provincial government on issues of interest and concern to women.
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