Thursday, June 9, 2011
Jersey Tomatoes are the Best by Maria Padian
Henrietta - "Henry" - and Eva have been best friends since elementary school. Henry is a champion tennis player and Eva is a ballerina who has just been accepted to a prestigious summer program in New York. Both girls have overbearing parents and they compare stories to see which girl has it worse at any particular point. For the first time they are going to be apart as Henry heads to Florida for a competitive tennis camp. Life changes for both girls in different ways. Henry finds herself flourishing away from her father's trash talk. With advice from David, a player who is on the brink of playing professionally, she learns new tricks to improve her game and for the first time in her life finds herself falling in love with someone. Eva, meanwhile, is struggling. Her dancing is better than ever and she quickly gains the attention of the damanding ballet instructor. But her health is failing as she refuses to eat in order to maintain the body size she believes she needs to succeed. This book tells each girl's story in alternating chapters. The voices are realistic and you really care about both Henry and Eva and the choices they make.