Thursday, January 5, 2012
Meet OLIVIA BEAN, TRIVIA QUEEN by Donna Gephart (Delacorte, March 2012). Olivia demands quiet in the house each night when "Jeopardy" airs. It was a tradition for Olivia to watch the show with her father. Since the divorce, Olivia continues this tradition alone though sometimes her mother's boyfriend Neil tries to sit alongside her. Olivia is determined to make her way to Hollywood where "Jeopardy" is filmed. She wants to meet Alex Trebek and compete on the show. Even more, she wants to reconnect with her absent father and his new family.
Gephart captures the heart of tweendom in this book. Olivia is just coming to understand her own strengths and weaknesses and to determine who her real friends are. The feelings of children of divorce is not new territory but Gephart explores a new realm with Olivia. Noting is truly resolved, but Olivia is well on the way to coming to terms with the realities of her life and how she can best deal with them. <698>