Bound To Stay Bound

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 Not my problem
 Author: Smyth, Ciara

 Publisher:  Harper Teen (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 361 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 831515 ISBN: 9780062957146
 Ages: 13-18 Grades: 8-12

 High school students -- Fiction
 Lesbians -- Fiction
 Alcoholism -- Fiction
 Ireland -- Fiction

Price: $9.01

Aideen has plenty of problems she can't solve. Like her mother's excessive drinking. But when she stumbles upon overachiever Meabh Kowalska having a full-blown meltdown, she sees one that she can actually fix. Meabh is desperate to escape her crushing pile of extracurriculars. Aideen volunteers to help-by pushing her down the stairs. Soon other students line up for Aideen's help in traded favors and ill-advised hijinks.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 4.80
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 520883

   Booklist (04/15/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2021 Gr 8 Up—In this witty and engaging novel, Irish author Smyth creates a flawed teen girl, Aideen, who makes a credible journey from self-protectively tough to ready and willing to face her main problem: her single mother's neglectful alcoholism. When Aideen makes a snap decision to help the principal's overachieving, overscheduled, and generally disliked daughter, she begins doing secret favors for classmates in return for them owing her their help. She develops unexpected feelings for one of her clients and makes a new friend in Kavi, who is chatty and humorous but also has his own problems as, Aideen discovers, everyone does. The story unfolds effortlessly, detailing both suspenseful and hilarious moments, as does real life. Populated with believable high school friends and very few adults, Aideen and most other characters are white, and Kavi is Indian. Here, Aideen's lesbian identity is not a plot point, but a detail that gives her authenticity. VERDICT This engaging novel will hook readers immediately. Recommended for all collections serving teens.—Francisca Goldsmith, Lib. Ronin, Worcester, MA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 04/15/2022 Aideen’s homelife is troubled, thanks to an impoverished alcoholic mother and a selfish biological father who shows up unannounced to seek respite from his “perfect” marriage and family. School isn’t much easier; Aideen is behind on everything, relying on her best friend Holly to keep her going. The pressure to succeed is high at St. Louise’s, and when class know-it-all and Holly’s rival, Meabh Kowalski, confesses her struggles to Aideen, the sympathetic teen can’t help offering to assist with a push when she sees Meabh’s on the edge, of both her emotions and a set of steep stairs. Kavi Thakrar, witness to the resulting sprained ankle, begins to find other “clients” for Aideen to help, and she finds herself in a mire of plans and plots, torn between her supposed best friend and her new unexpected crush, and dodging suspicions and questions about her homelife from a concerned teacher. Smyth’s characters are fresh and memorable, from tall, unpredictable chatterbox Kavi to Kristen Stewart–fangirl Aideen and multifaceted Meabh. As Aideen struggles to parent her own parent, learning that she can fix everyone’s problems but her own, she might have to finally seek help to get her own life and well-being under control. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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