Okay, this is the last of the latest spate of YA! This was cute. And it was a dollar at the Strand, and I was trying to prove to Jill that I could read anything for a buck. That’s my story, and I am sticking to it.
This was just a story about 4 or 5 girlfriends in high school, competing for a scholarship and one of the clauses is “purity of body and mind.” It was actually pretty well-written, going in and out of each character’s stories easily and not doing the conventional “each character gets a chapter in their own voice” tactic. I think it took a few different stories of uniquely different girls and their relationships with their families, their bodies and sex in a pretty realistic portrayal. The only thing that really bugged me is that while most of the stories wrap up nicely at the end, one of the characters does this weird teenage marriage thing and it just kind of felt a little too neat for me. Not preachy, but more like, pandering?
Apparently the book was originally published as “The V Club.” I am going to see if I can dig up any good gossip about the name change.
Maureen may now be my most oft-read author 🙂 I liked this one, a lot. Not as much as Suite Scarlett (sensing a theme here?) but this was a really original concept. General Gist: A shy girl has 13 envelopes, she must open in sequence, with directions for a new adventure in Europe in each one. A treasure hunt from her dead Aunt, essentially.
Things I liked: Scenes in Europe – it helped that some of it took place in places familiar to me, but I love random trips through Europe. I liked the whole concept of the envelopes, but I also liked inserting the actual content of the letters into the text. It reminded me of those books you read in elementary school that had little envelope flaps you can open and read the notes inside. Does anyone else remember that? Anyway, I also really liked the way the author wrote about the best friendship of the unseen friend at home. (This sentence doesn’t make sense, and I can’t seem to fix it.)
Things I didn’t like: Maybe it was just because I read a few of her books in a row, but “girl gets dream boy in odd and unexpected ways” got a little old for me. Especially since the romance in this book just seemed a little out of place, and didn’t really add anything to the story.