Charmaine Upshaw in the 1970's in Pennsylvania. With typical teenage concerns like getting a first "real" boyfriend and having to put up with a younger brother and cousin. She has indeed got her first boyfriend. A very intelligent, well-manner, vegetarian boyfriend, Raymond. What she did not count on what having to give up her room to her ex-convict uncle!
Maine as she is called by her family, seems to be a fairly well grounded girl. She is intelligent, well read and has ambitions on becoming a famous model or famous actress. Maine has a strong family ties and her dreams include helping her family.
The characters are all likable. The changes Maine goes through because of her uncle E and Raymond are what most teens in the 70's would probably have gone through. It is kind of interesting because these changes seem rather mundane compared to what life is like for the teens of today.
There is not a great deal of action just a picture of one family's life in the late 70's. It is a fast read and one I enjoyed. I also was glad to see how Maine changed for the better at the end of the book. There is a previous book "Sweet Thang" in case anyone is interested in reading another book about Maine.