Heartbreak is for suckers. -- Jenna Sakai
When Jenna gets dumped over winter break, it confirms what she learned from her parents' messy divorce: Relationships are risky and only lead to disappointment. So even though she still has to see her ex-boyfriend Elliott at newspaper club, Jenna is going to be totally heartless this semester -- no boys, just books.
But keeping her cool isn't always easy. Jenna's chief competition for a big journalism scholarship is none other than Elliott. Her best friend Keiko always seems busy with her own boyfriend. And cute-but-incredibly-annoying Rin Watanabe keeps stealing her booth at the diner she's been hiding at every day after school. Rin is every bit as stubborn and detached as Jenna. And the more Jenna gets to know him, the more intriguing a mystery he seems. Soon Jenna is starting to realize that being a loner is kind of, well, lonely. And letting people in might just be a risk worth taking.
Author: Debbi Michiko Florence
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Binding Type: Hardcover
Size: 8.30h x 5.70w x 1.30d
Audience: Ages 9-12
Reading Level: 4.2
Point Value: 7
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 514593 / Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai
Kirkus Reviews 06/15/2021
About the Author
Debbi Michiko Florence is the author of the Jasmine Toguchi chapter books (JLG selections, the Amelia Bloomer and CCBC Choices lists, and a Cybils award winner). A third-generation Japanese American and native Californian, Debbi lives in Connecticut with her husband, rescue dog, rabbit, and two ducks. Visit her at debbimichikoflorence.com.