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3.0 out of 5 stars If you are looking for actual romance in a teen romance novel, this may not be the book for you, October 7, 2010
This review is from: Listen to Your Heart (Sweet Dreams Series #112) (Mass Market Paperback)
By the time the romance element finally starts moving, you will probably already have long lost interest in the plot of "Listen to Your Heart", an almost painfully slowly paced novel, more about adjustment to new circumstances than about romance.

Narrator Lori Nichols leaves behind her mom and stepdad's NYC digs to spend the summer with her father in Westville, Iowa, her former hometown before her parents' divorce. The summer gets off to a rocky start, with the plot following every "fish out of water"/"new kid in town"/"child of divorce" cliché imaginable. Every conflict resolves in equally trite fashion. Lori struggles to make friends (but finally gets in with a clique led by chubby and insecure Gerry), feels initial animosity toward her father's girlfriend Cathy (but eventually ends up befriending her), and pines away for gorgeous and aloof Tim Cortland (who ignores her for about ¾ of the novel before suddenly taking an interest).

Because Tim treats Lori shabbily and doesn't figure much into the plot until far into the second half of the novel, it's difficult to muster much anticipation for what will happen between the pair in the future; and while adaptive, strong-willed Lori is likeable enough, one can't help feeling that she can do a little better than brash, inconsiderate Tim.
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