Vicki Arkoff


P.J. Petersen and Ivy Ruckman

Delacorte Press / Random House

1540 Broadway, NY, NY 10036

ISBN 0385731647 $15.95, 224 pages,

Can you fall in love with someone without ever seeing that person? “Rob&” is a touching tale about two sixteen-year-olds falling in love with each other from behind their computer screens. He is in a prep school” for troubled rich teens. She’s an army brat whose best friend has cancer. Nor only have they not seen each other, they’re hundreds of miles apart, but their love of poetry brings them together through electronic communication. After meeting in a poetry chatroom, they start a yearlong email relationship. Over time, details about their lives pour out, and they become best friends. Not only do they learn about each other, they discover important lessons about themselves. For a year, co-authors P.J. Petersen and Ivy Ruckman took on the personas of their characters and sent emails back and forth signed “Rob” and “Sara.” They let the story develop one message at a time, anxiously waiting for the next note much like their characters. That this is their first collaboration shows, and the back-and-forth style gets a bit tedious, but a degree of authenticity and heart manages to shine through.

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