Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grades 4 - 12Z5.149595
From the author of the award-winning THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS comes the racy story of an overachiever who learns to get over it — and get a life.

Mara Valentine is in control. She's a straight-A senior, a vegan, and her parents' pride and joy. She's neck-and-neck with her womanizing ex-boyfriend for number-one class ranking and plans to kick his salutatorian butt on her way out the door to Yale. Mara has her remaining months in Brockport all planned out, but the plan does not include having V, her slutty, pot-smoking, sixteen-year-old niece — yes, niece — come to live with her family. Nor does it involve lusting after her boss or dreaming about grilled cheese sandwiches every night. What does a control freak like Mara do when things start spinning wildly out of control? With insight, authenticity, and a healthy dose of humor, Carolyn Mackler creates an evolving Type A heroine that every reader will recognize — and root for.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published on July 22, 2004 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763621552
ISBN-13: 9780763621551
2 Book Reviews
  • belpiz1617
    belpiz1617almost 5 years44 stars
    “Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best” The main character in my book, Mara has a lot of stress in the time of the book, as it goes on she learns to not worry so much and rely on the world some. The title of my book is Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler. This story takes place in Brockport, New York, and heading to Yale sometime in the 2000’s. I would say that the protagonist is Mara and her niece, V. I think that one of the antagonists are Travis Heart, Mara’s ex-boyfriend because Mara doesn’t really like him and Mara and Travis are running against each other to be valedictorian. One of the conflicts in the story are that Mara’s niece V is coming to live with her and Mara doesn’t like her. Another conflict is that Mara is scared to tell her parents (Mostly her dad) that she is dating Josh who is 3 years older older than her, and Mara’s boss and Common Grounds. Another problem is that V’s mom who is Mara’s sister keeps changing her job and moving chasing after all of the boys she has met along the way so V has had to handle with being the new kid at almost 12 twelve different schools. The main turning point in the story is where some things get better and V tries out for the school play, “Damn Yankees” because Mara and her parents are proud of V and she feels more important in the school. I would recommend this book to people that like realistic fiction books just like I do and I think that this book was perfect for me because I really enjoyed it and also there are a LOT of strong language and some intense scenes. But other than that I loved reading this book and will probably read it again in the future.
    • csal1617
      csal1617almost 5 years
      You did a very good job on putting in detail in your witreing you wotre a lot of stuff about your book and you did a very good job.