Cathy Hopkins’ popular Mates and Dates YA series tracks the up and downs of four teenaged women. In this installment, one of those girls, Nesta, develops a crisis of confidence after she gets braces put on her teeth.
Featuring a youthful, engaging performance by Nicky Talacko, Mates, Dates, and Pulling Power follows Nesta, who’s always been sure of her beauty, as she meets a handsome young actor named Luke. Worried about her attractiveness ("pulling power"), she needs help from her "mates"; Lucy, Izzie, and T. J.; to regain her groove.
Hopkins’ novel is full of pathos and painfully accurate observations, and Talacko delivers her prose with an age-appropriate mix of cockiness and vulnerability.
©2003 Cathy Hopkins; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"Readers will enjoy the relationships among Nesta and her friends and will eagerly wait to see if things work out between her and Luke. Although part of a series, the book easily stands alone." (School Library Journal)
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