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The Fallback Plan

The Fallback Plan - Leigh Stein A slight but pleasant coming-of-age story—the fact that it occurs when Esther moves back home after college just points out how much America's middle-class suburban youth are sheltered from any actual experience of life. In any other context (Austen, Kipling, Salinger, you name it) the kid would've had these epiphanies at 14 or 16, not 22. Although it seems to be marketed to adults, I put it on my YA shelf.(The digest size and almost-newsprint paper Melville House picked are perfect—they tell the reader (buyer) to expect something slight. But the wide outer margins and somewhat classy type (Bembo) belie that and suggest that the book has pretensions to literature. I guess maybe they had to do something to justify the $14.95 cover price.)