||Tara*Starr and Elizabeth finally have e-mail and they are sooooooo excited. After a year of snail mail following Tara*Starr's move to Ohio (chronicled in P.S. Longer Letter Later), the long-distance friends are ready for the more immediate gratification of e-mail. Eighth grade turns out to be as intense as seventh, with still more challenges to the best friends' relationship, including new local friendships for each, a baby sibling on the way for Tara*Starr, devastating drama from Elizabeth's alcoholic and absent father, and ever-broadening horizons for both teens.
Two terrifically popular authors, Paula Danziger (The Cat Ate My Gymsuit) and Ann M. Martin (The Baby-Sitters Club series), make a wildly contrasting yet compatible team, as reflected in Martin's reserved and introspective Elizabeth, and Danziger's exuberantly hyperbolical Tara*Starr. Honest and unpredictable, and oh-so-current, the book addresses many of the issues that plague and perplex teenagers today: dating, drinking, friendships, changing relationships with parents, divorce, even death. Impossible to put down, this novel in e-mail messages is every bit as warm, complex, profound, and moving as the authors' first team effort. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter