More Than Friends: Poems from Him and Her

From the first furtive looks across the classroom to the blossom of new romance and the final flameout, teenage love is loaded with awkwardness, uncertainty, dreams, conflict, and pure bliss. Acclaimed poets Sara Holbrook and Allan Wolf combine their talents to explore these feelings and struggles by creating the voices of a girl and boy in the throes of affection. As they experience the giddiness of love, the poems’ two characters also face obstacles (parents) and distractions (friends) while learning to respect each other’s interests and needs. Can this relationship survive? In sonnets, tankas, villanelles, and other poetic forms, writers Holbrook and Wolf examine the efforts of two teenagers who dare to be more than friends.

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“These poems are for you, for me, for anyone who has suffered, is suffering, will suffer that boy-girl thing.”
Jane Yolen

“Deliciously readable poems, accessible and compact, . . . teachers and readers alike will savor this innovative approach to an ever popular topic.”
School Library Journal

“The edgy truth of romance in all its joy and confusion. A powerful, necessary gift to teens.”
Sharon Draper

“For teachers looking for ways to get high-school students to read and relate to poetry and leam its forms this is a top choice.”
Kirkus Review