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10 Steps to Girlfriend Status


Cynthia T Toney


"Without knowing or caring where I'd wind up, I sneaked out of the house and took off running."

Wendy Robichaud is on schedule to have everything she wants in high school. She has two loyal best friends, her divorced mother has just remarried, giving her a complete family again, and she's finally got the hunky boyfriend she's had a crush on since eighth grade. Everything is perfect until she and Mrs. Villaturo look at old photo albums together. That's when Mrs. V sees her dead husband and hints at a 1960s scandal down in Cajun country. Faster than you can say "crawdad," Wendy digs into the scandal and into trouble. She risks losing boyfriend David by befriending Mrs. V's cute hearing-impaired grandson, alienates stepsister Alice by having a boyfriend in the first place, and upsets her friend Gayle without knowing why. Will Wendy be able to prevent Mrs. V from being taken thousands of miles away? And will she lose all the friends she's fought so hard to gain?







“Using Wendy as her narrator, Toney … delineates some of the highs and lows of an innocent first love in this fast-paced novel. The story goes beyond its catchy title to tackle serious issues relevant to teens ...
A sensitive YA tale about love, change, and loss, with an empowering message for girls.”

—Kirkus review


The author incorporated so many true-to-life details about dementia and Alzheimer's in developing the character Mrs. Villaturo (Mrs. V) that the group known as AlzAuthors invited Cynthia to join their group and list her book for teens.

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