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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152066497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152066499
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,426,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—Flirty Polly Martin has sworn off boys after five failed relationships in her junior year. Now she's working at the Wild Waves water park for the summer and faces distractions like her boss; a good-looking ex; and a regular customer, shirtless Xander, who makes her heart patter. Increasingly confused about how to interact with the opposite sex, she chooses heavy petting over relationships. She turns to her grandmother, newspaper-columnist Miss Swoon, for advice. But wisecracking, sexual-innuendo-spewing Polly won't get anywhere until she can learn to deal with her emotions and her parents' divorce. At the start of the narrative, Polly's bad-girl act seems a little over-the-top but the reasons for her behavior slowly emerge halfway through the book. Each chapter ends with a letter to Miss Swoon, blog posts from a rumormonger coworker, and musings from love interest Xander. All in all, this book is a light read with an emotional awakening and enough romance to keep fans of the genre interested.—Shawna Sherman, Hayward Public Library, CA
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Boy crazy in a house full of women, Polly is facing a summer nightmare of working a crummy water park job being supervised by an ex—and in a bathing suit no less! Hoping to learn from her advice-columnist grandmother, Polly swears off guys and tries to improve herself by following “Miss Swoon's” affirmations and attempting to mend a rift with her best friend, Jane. Unfortunately, skater/poet (and formerly weird neighbor kid) Xander keeps showing up at the park to babysit relatives and catches Polly's eye. Polly uses humor to deflect most real conversations, which makes her the life of the party but leaves her lacking in the serious-relationship department. What appears to be a frothy summer confection delves into some heftier emotions as the underlying issues motivating Polly's actions, as well as those of her mom and grandma, are uncovered. Each chapter ends with snippets from Miss Swoon's advice columns, Xander's poetic observations about Polly, or entries from a coworker's gossip blog. Grades 7-9. --Heather Booth

More About the Author

Sydney Salter writes middle-grade and young adult fiction. She is the author of My Big Nose & Other Natural Disasters, Jungle Crossing, and Swoon At Your Own Risk. Sydney lives in Utah with her husband, two daughters, lazy cats, big hairy dogs, and a pair of quiet tortoises. When not writing, Sydney likes to read, think up adventures, experiment with new recipes, sample exotic chocolates, hike with her family and go to movies and rock concerts with her husband.

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Swoon At Your Own Risk was a fun and cute read.
The Book Scout
With too many characters, too much whining, and not enough substantial plot, I felt the book was lacking what it was implying in the summary.
A. Jacobs
This is the first book by Sydney Salter I have read, but I can tell you that she has gained a new fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mint910 VINE VOICE on April 18, 2010
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I LOVE LOVE LOVED Sydney Salter's My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters so I just knew I had to give Swoon At Your Own Risk I try. Unfortunately this book didn't quite do it for me like her previous one did.

I think this is rare for me but I just didn't really like the main character Polly. She wasn't a bad person by any means but I don't know if she wasn't believable to me. I can't pinpoint it but I didn't really like her. Same goes for her mother and grandmother who were sort of absent in her life while still being around (and her father who actually was absent). I thought her little sister Grace was funny though, with her stuffed animal obsession.

And I thought the whole multiple ex-boyfriends plot would be funny but it turned out to be sort of annoying and unbelievable to me. I don't know why, but I can't believe that she had that many ex-boyfriends in that amount of time. Something was off. Same goes for all the minor characters (except for Xander). I just didn't like them. Polly's best friend Jane made me mad and all her wild co-workers at Wild Waves just didn't seem that like good of people to me.

But Xander, someone that Polly knew from childhood as the weird kid, blossoms into this handsome and confident young man. I loved this guy and how he was so sweet when Polly was hot and cold and yes and no (to quote Katy Perry). I kinda just wish he was falling for someone other than Polly. It sounds so mean when I say that but I honestly thought that while reading.

I'm not really sure how I could feel this way about Swoon when I so loved Big Nose but I do. Honestly it could just be me, be sure to check out some of the other reviews! I'll definitely be reading the author's future works though to see if maybe I can find some of that Big Nose magic again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Jacobs VINE VOICE on January 19, 2011
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I tried really hard to enjoy this book. The summary sounded fun and swoon worthy, but to me the story fell flat. With too many characters, too much whining, and not enough substantial plot, I felt the book was lacking what it was implying in the summary.

I hated how Polly was constantly whining and how stuck up she could be at times. I couldn't warm up to her personality at all. Xander was in the picture but when he was, he hardly got to speak as much as I wanted. The little Dear Miss Swoon columns at the end of each chapter were annoying as well. Sometimes they had nothing to do with either the chapter we just finished or the one that follows it.

While the writing was good with great structure and flow, the story itself was bland and forced. Would I read another book by this author? Of course I would. Her writing does have great points about it, but this one lacked the feel that I was craving at the moment. Not a bad book, but not one I would reread.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on April 3, 2010
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Swoon at Your Own Risk is a fabulously fun novel that has officially made me start craving for summertime, even if it is about four months away.

Polly was a witty and sarcastic main character that constantly had me laughing and smiling, which made her story be an absolute blast to read about. I also found myself relating to her in the issues she has with distant father because the same thing has happened to me and my father over the years as it is now happening to her. Plus, her friends were the same as Polly. I loved flighty Sonnet and her scandalous blog, adorable and caring Xander, Jane, the reliable one, Polly's hilarious family (It would seriously be awesome if Miss Swoon was my grandma.), and the most of fall- Polly's main ex-boyfriends who always had a way of making me laugh with their annoying yet funny ways of harassing Polly.

The plot and writing were also up to par, in my opinion, because of the fact that I was constantly immersed in the story wondering what was going to occur next. Also, I loved how Sydney intertwined Sonnet's blog, snippets of Xander's journal, and Miss Swoon Q and As with almost every chapter.

In all, Swoon at Your Own Risk is a novel not to miss this coming April! I sincerely promise you won't regret picking this one up.

Grade: B+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Stein VINE VOICE on March 31, 2010
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After a year of boy craziness and subsequent heartbreak, Polly Martin swears off boys for the summer. Of course, that's much easier said than done since the exes keep appearing everywhere. There's Sawyer, ex number three, who just happens to be her supervisor at her summer job, then Jack, ex number two, who does to the same parties as her, and then there's Xander, but he's not an ex even if he keeps breaking Polly's no-boys rule by always showing up where she works. Thank goodness Polly's grandmother, better known as Miss Swoon, the classy love advice columnist, is moving in for the summer. That should make a boy-free life for Polly easier--right? But life rarely goes as planned, and Polly's about to find out that maybe she shouldn't give up on boys--and love--just yet.

I just loved Salter's sweet and hilarious debut with My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters. Salter's second novel, Swoon at Your Own Risk is even better. This novel is so appealing in that it combines the serious and the more ridiculous sides of life into a meaningful bundle of fun. Readers will no doubt be entertained with heroine Polly's quick wit and all the silly situations she finds herself in. this is the start of a strong bond between Polly and the reader which in turn allows the reader to better understand Polly's emotional avoidance issues. Polly proves a fresh contrast to the belief that boys are the ones who can't share their feelings, making her road to overcoming that fear all the more memorable. The outcome to Polly's tale is definitely predictable but sweet nonetheless. Salter is incredibly successful at balancing humor with the more difficult parts of everyday life, creating a relevant and delectable read in Swoon at Your Own Risk.

This novel will be enjoyed by fans of Salter's debut My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters, Beauty Shop for Rent by Laura Bowers, Faking 19 by Alyson Noël, and For Keeps by Natasha Friend. I look forward to more fun reading from Salter.
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