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Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City Library Binding – January 8, 2013
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In the sixteenth book in the Sammy Keyes series, Sammy is on a quest to uncover the mysteries surrounding her own life in this nonstop adventure. The journey begins as Sammy stows away, with backpack and skateboard in hand, in the back of Marissa's car. She takes Las Vegas by storm in search of her mom with the entertaining assistance of a variety of Elvis impersonators.
The humor, mystery, plot intrigue, emotional roller coaster ride, and plethora of zany, lovable characters are true to classic Sammy Keyes...Wendelin Van Draanen style. Van Draanen gives her readers an action-packed, poignant story that brings resolution to many of the unanswered questions concerning Sammy's relationships with the major players in her life. This book is so much more than the reveal of Sammy's dad. Van Draanen beautifully brings the major characters together and allows them to experience transformations in their lives and interact with each other in very real, touching ways. She reaches deep down into the heart and soul of each character and brings forth an amazingly powerful, rich story for her readers.
Once again, the author mixes laugh-out-loud humor, drama, and suspense to weave an unforgettable, magical story that will delight devoted Sammy Keyes fans and capture first-time readers. She cleverly and meticulously fits all the pieces together to cleverly and powerfully bring a wonderful resolution to the ongoing conflicts and tumultuous relationships in Sammy's world. Put this one at the top of your 2013 reading list!! You'll be glad you did!
What I originally loved about Sammy was that she was a strong, girl-powery type who didn't care about other people's opinions of her and always had a snappy retort. This has gone away considerably and I blame Casey. His transformation from sort-of-crush to full-out boyfriend took a lot from her character, in my opinion. She just doesn't seem like the type to have one at such a young age. I realize that without Casey being her boyfriend, Sammy cannot have as much beef with her mother about marrying Mr. Acosta, but the fact that he is still the father of her sworn enemy remains. Perhaps they could extend that.
In this book specifically, Sammy teams up with the Heather and Candi Acosta to stop her mother marrying Casey and Heather's dad. The fact that she would even need to, instead of figuring it out herself, is a step backwards for her. And in fact, without them, she just wanders around Las Vegas going "Aw man" a lot, feeling sorry for herself and missing her beloved boyfriend. Where is the spunky, kick-ass Sammy I've known before?
This is just a pet peeve, but the addition of cell phones also detracts a bit from the books. Without mentioning modern technology, the books seemed timeless. They could have happened in the nineties; they could have happened yesterday. I forget which book exactly, but there was one that focused a whole side story on how kids have cell phones but Sammy doesn't. I get how this is supposed to make her look cool and strong, not having one, but her constantly telling people in this book how she doesn't have one just gets on my nerves.
If you love Sammy, be smart and stop at Cold Hard Cash.
Wendelin Van Draanen masterfully weaves several story arcs into a wild but totally believable caper that plucks Sammy out of Santa Martina and sets her loose on Vegas. Van Draanen's rich, three-dimensional, dynamic characters drive the plot, so that no matter how ridiculous the situation Sammy ends up in, you know exactly how she got there, and it's utterly believable. The themes of family and trust shine through without being pounded to death. Some of the other Sammy Keyes books have ended with a short "I learned something today" reflection that others might have found a bit preachy (though I never found them to be), but there's none of that here.
Sammy Keyes is primarily a mystery series, but the mystery always goes hand in hand with the events of Sammy's life. Sammy spends most of this book in crisis mode, so she's not actively trying to figure out mysteries most of the time (she's focused on finding her mom, which *is* a mystery, but not one she or we can really solve). But as a reader, you know the main mystery's there, and you *can* solve it, even though Sammy is not (until the last moment). And there are actually at least two sub-mysteries for which there were ample clues sprinkled so that a fan of the series could solve them just before Sammy did. And while the mystery may not be the best *mystery* of the series, the plot more than makes up for it. (My favorite mystery of recent books was Wedding Crasher.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book before books 11 - 15 in the series because I could only get six of these books due to my income, and I really wanted this one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SideshowJazz1
Sammy really gets into a jam and has to pair up with Heather Acosta of all people! The suspense and surprises keep coming till the very end.Published 11 months ago by Scoobydew58
best one i have read and i finished all of them but i dont know if the book kiss good bye was the last one i think soPublished 14 months ago by Madison
One of the greatest sammy keyes. I hav been a samiac since the 6th grade. It has an excellent twist in the end which involves her dad and making an unlikely friend.Published 18 months ago by katelyn Mathewson
Some of Van Draanen's recent books in this series have seemed a little watered down. In this book the stakes are high again and the narrative is fast-paced. Highly recommended.Published 21 months ago by Jonathan D. Scott
This is the first Sammy Keyes book I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. The story is narrated by Sammy and the writing is well-done and every bit interesting. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Deborah Sandford
I read it all in one sitting. I wasn't sure what to expect from the book, just that it'll leave you in tears from laughter, joy and sadness. Really is a fantastic book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jessica Walker
Omg! You must read this book! You will never believe the ending! This book is sooooo good! Probably good for 9-14 yr olds! But oh it's such a mystery and good for mystery lovers! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sarah Crawford
An really amazing and touching book and it's great to find out who Sammy father is and it's cool to see her and Heather get alongPublished on December 3, 2013 by kalkidan