Los Tres Amigos by Jennifer Degenhardt
As if teenaged friendships aren’t hard enough… Marissa and Jack have been best friends for as long as they can remember, only having troubles when Jack wasn’t always honest about himself. Despite their differences, their friendship endures. However, that friendship is challenged when a new student, Julio, moves to town and upsets the longstanding dynamic between Marissa and Jack. In this level 2+ book, which includes aspects of Puerto Rican culture, readers learn useful vocabulary through the easily understandable plot — even if the emotions of the teenagers are not.
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So many girls have been in this position.... unaware that a male friend has feelings for other boys. In junior high I was that friend several times and the truth and honesty in Jennifer Degenhardt's portrayal of the story of three best friends broke a barrier in comprehensible readers and ushered forth a flood of more authentic and realistic and compelling novels. This is about a level 2, intermediate novel with a bit of Puerto Rican culture wending its way through the story.