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What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci

September 1st, 2008 (06:41 am)

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At first glance, one might think Claire has it all. She's a high school cheerleader with a devoted best friend, a sought-after boyfriend, and a group of elite buddies.

Now take a closer look, and give Claire a second thought. Not everything is as it seems. Claire's parents are divorced, and her mother is drinking alcohol frequently. Claire is in remission from leukemia, which took her out of school for a year.

Enter Lani Garver, the new kid at school. At first, due to his long hair, slight build and tendency to giggle, the other students assume that Lani's a girl. Even after he sets them straight, most of his peers regard him as a freak.

Claire's path crosses with Lani's a few times in as many days. She learns that he is a few years older and quite a bit wiser than his classmates. A whirlwind friendship between the outcast and the cheerleader, a friendship which defies the teenage laws of cliques and clashing in their small town. With Claire as the protagonist, it becomes not just Lani's story but hers as well. Once he opens her eyes, she begins to see both the beauty and the cruelty in the world.

What Happened to Lani Garver is an emotional experience. Note that the title is a statement, not a question. This book is a realistic anatomy of a hate crime that will make you consider society's standards - and maybe even your own. Highly recommended.

The postergirlz selected this title to be a recommended read in the September 2008 issue of readergirlz.

Wicked Cool Overlooked Books (WCOB) is a monthly blog notation encouraged by Colleen from Chasing Ray: On the first Monday of every month, she posts about a book she enjoyed and wishes others would pick up. She invites others to post their picks as well. Discover other titles I've marked as Wicked Cool Overlooked Books.

Related Posts: Booklist: Tough Issues for Teens; Interview: Carol Plum-Ucci


Posted by: debbi (d_michiko_f)
Posted at: May 9th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)

I'm a huge Plum-Ucci fan, and thought LANI GARVER was really good. Have you read her newest one? It's on my "list." (my very long, long, looong list."

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 9th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)

I have read What Happened to Lani Garver, The Body of Christopher Creed, and The She. I haven't read The Night My Sister Went Missing yet.

Posted by: debbi (d_michiko_f)
Posted at: May 9th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)

Streams of Babel is her newest, just released.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 9th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)

Thanks for the heads-up. I just looked it up.

Posted by: debbi (d_michiko_f)
Posted at: May 9th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)

You'll probably get to it before I do. You are a reading goddess!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 9th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)

:) Aw.

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