Date published: January 1, 2012
Life: An Exploded Diagram written by Mal Peet; Candlewick (High School)
In Norfolk, England, the lives of working-class Clem and landowner's daughter Frankie artfully converge against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis, as their clandestine romance takes shape under an illusory umbrella of safety. Life respects teen appreciation for more adult fare, with Peet's layered narrative building toward its inexorable climax. Review 11/11.