Book Reviews of Same As It Never Was

Same As It Never Was
Same As It Never Was
Author: Claire Scovell LaZebnik
ISBN-13: 9780312312503
ISBN-10: 0312312504
Publication Date: 7/1/2004
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
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Smart, sassy, and touching story about Olivia Martin, a juniot at UCLA who suddenly becomes the guardian for her three year old half-sister when her father and stepmother are killed in a car accident.

Really enjoyed the characters in this story. A great summer read!
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A quick, fun but meaningful read. Olivia's sarcastic wit keeps you laughing.

Amazon description:

Twenty-one-year-old college student Olivia Martin has made an art of building walls to keep the world out. Saddled with an immature mother, domineering father, cold stepmother, and bratty four-year-old half-sister, Olivia is more than happy to keep her distance from the people she sarcastically calls her "family." But when her father and stepmother are tragically killed in a car accident, the responsibility for half-sister Celia's care lands squarely on her shoulders. Suddenly faced with a new role, Olivia realizes that this may be her second change to be a part of a family - something she always figured she was better off without. LaZebnik has written a poignant debut novel that's funny and touching by turns. In a solid, well-told narrative, she skillfully contrasts Olivia's prickliness with her mother's and Celia's neediness, and her ability to draw a disparate cast of characters together into a new family makes for an engaging read. Highly recommended for most public libraries.
- Amy Brozio-Andrews, Albany P.L., NY; Library Journal, April 15, 2003