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Swoon at Your Own Risk Paperback – April 5, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
In addition, I loved reading Sonnet's blog entries, Xander's poems, and Miss Swoon's columns at the end of each chapter. Each one would bring a smile to my face. Miss Swoon was a cool character, and I liked the advice she gave, although she didn't always follow through with it herself. Also, Xander was an excellent character. He was perfect for Polly and I would have to hold myself back each time she pushed him away, scared of having her heart broken yet again.
Polly's best friend Jane didn't play a big part in the book until closer to the end. She invites Polly on a camping trip.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good book for mid teens. I found the book very engaging from the very beginning with the angst ridden main character Polly Martin has to face an ex-boyfriend and female... Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by BMAR
I tried really hard to enjoy this book. The summary sounded fun and swoon worthy, but to me the story fell flat. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by A. Jacobs
...that has always been Polly Martin's biggest dilemma. She tends to go through guys like water--or rather they tend to go through her because they think she's too shallow or too... Read morePublished on September 25, 2010 by HersForTheReading
Swoon At Your Own Risk is a quick, fun read!
I loved the characters. There a full spectrum of characters, all wonderfully written. Read more
You could say Polly Martin wrote the book on love--specifically on why to avoid it all costs. Despite all of the sensible advice from her grandmother's syndicated advice column... Read morePublished on June 24, 2010 by Miss Print
Heading into summer, Polly has sworn off boys. Polly is a bit boy crazy and her relationships have led her to make some questionable decisions over the past school year, starting... Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by Michael Hickerson
SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK is a perfect warm weather read, filled with cute boys and a feisty heroine.
I wasn't sure if I would really connect with or like Polly, but I was... Read more
First off, I am a huge cover freak - If I like the cover, it always, somehow, puts me in a better frame of mind to enjoy the book and Swoon at your Own Risk has a very basic, but... Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by Tina
Ahhh...summer romance. What joy.
Wait, what am I saying? Summer romance rarely ends well, especially when you can't decide who to be romantic about! Read more