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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
Life at the Oaklyn Diner was pretty much all Lauren knew. She clocked in, did her shift, and spent nearly all of her spare time in the company of the diner owners, Mr. and Mrs. P. With her father’s erratic work hours and unpredictable alcohol intake since her mother’s death, Lauren did not spend much time at home. She much preferred gossip time over Mrs. P.’s movie magazines and dreaming about her heart throb, Jonathan Pearce. Not even the mildly amorous attentions of Lauren’s friend, Rich, could distract her from her wild imaginings of her and Jonathan. So, when the Polyxenas are approached about including their diner in the newest Pearce film, Lauren is assured by Mrs. P. that nothing will stand in the way of this happening. In her campaign to convince Mr. P., his wife guarantees a boom in business to rival the fast food chains across the highway. With the encouragement of her bosses, Lauren strengthens her resolve at finding a relationship with Jonathan Pearce, to the point of listening to Mrs. P.’s spiritual divisor and moving across the country to seal the deal. It is too bad when the truth emerges about Hollywood mentality.
Jersey Diner: Say You’re Only For Me by Lisa Diane Kastner is a fun read that fluctuates between the reality of young dreams and the naivety of the youthful imagination. Kastner creates convincing characters both in the vivid descriptions and the realistic dialogue. This story works well for the mature young adult reader and into mainstream fiction.