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Boy Down Under
by Sally Odgers

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
208 pages; ISBN: 0843954531

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

Boy Down Under
Sally Odgers
Smooch, Oct 2004, $5.99, 208 pp.
ISBN: 0843954531

When Dr. Craig is hurt in a stateside car accident, his agent needs a viable substitute to provide the series of lectures in Down Under. He chooses another client Dr. Mold to provide the talks. Dr. Mold takes her teenage daughter Rowena “Ro” Maven with her.

In Sydney, Ro finds herself totally bored until a strange teen Patrick Carroll falls from the sky. He begins to take her places that she can only dream of, a departure from the Roach Hotel that is Ro’s reality. With a blink they are alone on secluded beaches and though he seems ephemeral, his kisses are realistic. With her best friend too far away in the states to help her, Ro has her first boyfriend, who no one else can see or even mention him to anyone. When she finally does he vanishes leaving Ro to learn who is the enigmatic Patrick and where did he go for she does not want to be without him?

This young teen romantic fantasy provides readers with an intriguing tale as the audience will wonder if Patrick is just a figment of a lonely girl’s imagination and if not who and what is he. Readers will enjoy the “dating” of Patrick and Ro as he escorts her to isolated places and never is seen by anyone but her. Teen readers will want to join Ro as she seeks to solve the mystery of the BOY DOWN UNDER that she cares about.

Harriet Klausner

 

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