|AUTHOR: Kelley Lynn & Jenny S. Morris|
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury Spark
PUBLICATION DATE: March 11, 2014
SOURCE: purchased e-book
GENRE: chick lit/romance
SETTING: Sherman, Texas
GIVE IT TO: MS, HS
IF THIS BOOK WERE A SONG, IT WOULD BE: "Trouble" by Taylor Swift
REVIEW: Aww. This book was seriously cute. I love the sisters' dual viewpoints and the Sherman, Texas setting. A road trip, two romances, and plenty of teen angst kept me eagerly turning pages. Being a Texan who recently relocated to China, I love that this book helped me feel a little homesick for the first time since I got here. The authors clearly love the Texas countryside!
I have two younger sisters, so I can relate with Charlie and Lucy's sibling rivalry. Their personalities seem to be polar opposites, so it takes some time for them to start to understand how alike they truly are. I love that the authors developed the girls' relationship slowly and realistically. Beautifully written!
The romances are both sweet and realistic. My only complaint is that the ending is a bit of a let-down. True to life, the story just stops without resolving everything. Sequel, please!
THE BOTTOM LINE: An engrossing story of sisters, first loves, and growing up. I loved it!
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: I will definitely order this, but it is currently only available as an e-book. Follett doesn't currently list it, so I will have to do some searching to see where I can get a copy. Nook and Kindle editions won't work for checkout in school libraries.
READALIKES: My Super-Sweet Sixteenth Century (Harris); Amy & Roger's Epic Detour (Matson); In Honor (Kirby)
- Overall: 5/5
- Creativity: 5/5
- Characters: 5/5
- Engrossing: 5/5
- Writing: 5/5
- Appeal to teens: 5/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
- Language: none
- Sexuality: mild--some kissing and skin-to-skin contact; brief mention of lost virginity
- Violence: none
- Drugs/Alcohol: mild; brief mention of chewing tobacco
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