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The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball Paperback – September 1, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Erin's two best friends, Lindsay and Samantha, think the crystal ball might be the key to unlocking their secret wishes. Erin isn't convinced. She doesn't think outside the box - much.
Erin's also trying to convince her used-to-be friend that she's not boring. Against the odds, they're partners for an art project. Erin can't help remembering the one time they made out while playing "Seven Minutes in Heaven" two years ago. While Jesse's a little different, he's still a hottie. He doesn't seem to remember that night. He also doesn't seem to remember they used to be friends. Working on this project together might bring up old times and maybe something more. Could he be the key to her letting go, just a little?
Plus, she's trying to write an essay for a chance to win a trip to Italy. She has to write about her life experiences. Unfortunately, because she rarely strays from the box, she can't think of anything important to write about.
Her friends are still pushing her about the crystal ball, but Erin's trying to figure out the instructions. Lindsey and Samantha force her into asking it questions: Does the hottest boy in school think she's smexy? Will her English teacher say her paper was well-researched and insightful? As the questions get tougher, so do the outcomes. Is the ball wreaking havoc on her life?
I really enjoyed reading this book. I love how Erin usually lives inside the box, but must make her way out of her comfort zone courtesy of a pink crystal ball. She must take risks and enjoy the consequences. Erin deals with friendship drama, bullies, school work, and a potential boyfriend all while navigating through life.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
"The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball" is a delightful book for young adults. It is almost as if author Risa Green put several ingredients - high school life, best friends, crushes, teenage angst, bullying, sadness, magic, riddles, art, and more - into a magic 8-ball, err, a pink crystal ball, shook it up, reached in, and came up with a book that is fun to read from start to finish. The book is written in the first person from Erin's point of view and Green does a great job with Erin's character - she tends to think inside the box, has a crush on Jesse Cooper, gets very good grades in school, is a loyal friend, and really wants to go to Italy. Green does an equally good job with Lindsay who is bullied because of something she did years ago and who thinks she can find a way to beat the bullying by shopping at Ye Olde Metaphysical Shoppe. Samantha is the daughter of rich parents, a bit blasé, but insecure in her looks even though she is beautiful. While some of Aunt Kiki's friends seem stereotypical, by the end of the book she and her best friend Roni are anything but stereotypical.Read more ›
This story was a fun twist on the genie in a bottle giving three wishes story. The old adage be careful what you wish for really comes true here. Erin's friends seem to take the pink crystal ball more seriously than Erin does. And because of that, their wishes not only backfire on them, but they come back to haunt them in a worse way. Erin is more worried about what is happening in her real life and pondering why her aunt didn't tell her about this gift that was left to her. The friends all have good chemistry together and Erin's rationalism keeps the trio from going off into craziness.
What I really enjoy about this book is that even with the "magic" that's in the book, most teen girls will be able to relate to the story. Erin and her friends are realistic and fun to hang around yet they share the same insecurities and worries that the average teen girl goes through. There's also a good bit about the importance of family weaved throughout the story. Erin is close to her parents and was also close to her aunt. Overall, this was a fun read and I had a blast reading it. I don't think this book is set up to be a series but if there are additional books featuring the girls or the Pink Crystal Ball, I'd love to read them. A fun YA book that girls everywhere will enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I saw this book at first, I thought it was going to be another big cliche. But I have to admit, this is now definitely in my top 20 list. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Lexa
Why I read this: I was totally hooked by the title and cover - hoping for a chick lit with a slightly magical plot and I was not disappointed. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Kristen M. Harvey
A cute read worth grabbing off the bookshelf. A girl is given "power" through a crystal ball where she can help change her future, thanks to her aunt who has recently passed away. Read morePublished on June 19, 2011 by Kristin Jones
"The Secret Society Of The Pink Crystal Ball" is a fun, delightful book. Erin Channing, a 10th grade student, has the highest GPA in her class, thinks inside the box, feels she... Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by Phyllis G
This is an enjoyable, light YA read. It mixes a little bit of reality with a lot of teen drama. It actually reminded me a little of Ann Brashares' Traveling Pants series,... Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by J. A. Harnick
Erin Channing is a perfect A student. Erin's friends are always telling Erin to think outside of the box or other words...quit being boring! Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by Cheryl Koch
I will admit, I often judge a book by its cover. I am a very visual person - in fact, I have a college degree in Visual Design - so I tend to make some decisions about a book based... Read morePublished on January 3, 2011 by S Day
Erin Channing is working hard to keep her GPA high so she can earn a trip to Italy. To be considered for this, she needs to write an essay that will blow the committee away, yet... Read morePublished on December 23, 2010 by Sheila A. Dechantal
Erin Channing is tired of her boring life. She has the highest GPA in the tenth grade but besides that, she doesn't have any other interesting facts about herself to write an essay... Read morePublished on December 11, 2010 by Books Obsession