From School Library Journal
Grade 7-10–Teenage tennis-star Grace Ace Kincaid has the talent and looks that make her a hit both on the court and on Madison Avenue. But she is falling apart, breaking under the tremendous pressure of worldwide fame. She wants OUT. And she gets her wish–a total break from her lifestyle and identity. She becomes Emily O'Brien, everyday teenager, with nose-ring intact. She is transported to remote Medicine Hat, AK, where she lives with her new guardian, retired FBI-agent Ava Grady, in a rustic cabin, complete with outhouse and freezing-cold showers. At first shocked by her surroundings, Grace comes to love them, as it is here that she experiences a sense of normalcy in her life, including a love interest, solid friendships, and much-needed support from the local therapist. Shull's very short chapters with headings such as three zillion years later, are catchy, fun, and full of the ever-changing world of adolescent emotions. The novel offers a consistent sense of delight and the feeling that, no matter what, Grace will always come out on top. This is due in large part to her many fairy godmothers along the way, steering her toward a level of comfort with herself, her talents, her feelings, and her desire to live life on her own terms. A Cinderella story for this day and age, indeed.–Tracy Karbel, Glenside Public Library District, Glendale Heights, IL
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Gr. 7-9. "I want out." When teenage tennis phenom Grace "Ace" Kincaid calls her mom from the U.S. Open, asking to retire, things move fast. Sporting a new hairstyle, a pierced nose, and a new name--Emily O'Brien--the girl is spirited away by Aunt Ava to a remote cabin in Alaska to avoid the paparazzi. The pampered star adapts a tad too easily to wilderness life with its cold showers, outhouse, and cramped quarters; but Emily is obviously ready for a real life and relishes her freedom. Her first foray into town results in a bicycle crash with a moose, but when she opens her eyes, she sees the gorgeous face of local boy Teague. He and his cousin Fisher help Emily navigate the local scene with only a few missteps as Em grapples with discovering her real self. Short chapters and a snappy storytelling style will have teens racing to the satisfying conclusion. Cindy DobrezCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved