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3.0 out of 5 stars Just Say No to "Please Say Yes", October 14, 2010
This review is from: Please Say Yes (Sweet Dreams Series #59) (Mass Market Paperback)
While it is not immediately clear who is supposed to say yes and what he or she is saying yes to, at least the request is made politely; although, if Alice Owen Crawford (aka Jeffrey Marlin) is asking me to "please say yes" to this novel, I'm afraid my answer is a resounding "no."

Like other male-penned Sweet Dreams books, Please Say Yes has a blah sports motif and a dull romantic element. Basketball nut Marlene "Marley" Bennet is initially ecstatic to learn that a school alumnus has croaked and left $5,000 in his will designated for the basketball team. Tempers flare, however, when the boys team refuses to share any of the money with the girls team, despite the dangerous disrepair of the girls' practice floor. To complicate things further, Marley has finally caught the attention of shy, but sweet Jeff Simmons, only to have the fledgling romance thrown into upheaval by no-nonsense Lizzie, the captain of the girls' team, who concocts a crazy scheme in which all the girls in the school freeze out all the boys, in an attempt to earn their respect (and a share of the $5,000). The premise isn't particularly logical, but this is Sweet Dreams land, so that can be overlooked.

What simply cannot be overlooked, however, is the ridiculous plot arc of the romance. You know there is something screwy when the boy is holding hands with the girl after they have exchanged words for the first time mere moments before, and then suddenly they are madly in love, without any indication of why they like each other or that they even know each other at all. A subplot involving Marley bickering with her brother, Dunk, doesn't add much to the story, and the "suspense" of guessing whether the girls will get their new floor or not is about as exciting as you would imagine a story about a floor would be.
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