Ooo, it's been awhile since I've updated, and I've read a lot of books. Most recently I finished a young adult book called Celine by Brock Cole. It came out in 1989. It was recommended to me by Claire Zulkey, the author of another great young adult book that I read last year, An Off Year.
Celine Morienval is a teenage artist living in Chicago with her step-mother (who is only six years older than her). The book covers about a week in her life, as she goes to a terrible party, destroys some of her art and begins a new project, befriends a little boy and gets a crush on his father, and deals, just a little, with how hurt she is that her actual mother doesn't want her around. There's a lot in it, it's messy like real life, and it's awesome.
Now, I'm going to play some softball.