August 29th, 2006

Without a Trace, alone outside

Interview: Jenny O'Connell

This is the second of six interviews with authors of MTV Books for teens. Please check back every day this week for another interview with another author!

Plan B by Jenny O'Connell features Vanessa, a high school student who has always been a do-gooder and a planner. In other words, she has a few itsy bitsy neurotic tendencies and the need for order. When her parents tell her that she has a half-brother close to her age, she is surprised. When she is told he is Reed, a television actor who is popular with her peers, she is shocked. When she discovers that he's coming to live with her family and attend her high school, her entire world turns upside down.

In the past year, there have been many novels that feature a hip, famous teenage actor trying to live a "normal" life. Plan B by Jenny O'Connell could have been just another of those stories - been there, read that - but thanks to a storyline that was more about family than fame, it is memorable and meaningful.

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Learn more about Jenny at jennyoconnell.com and jenniferoconnell.com