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Genre: contemporary, young adult, humor
Publisher: Sweetwater Books, a division of Cedar Fort Publishing
Publication date: August 1, 2016
Number of pages: 256
Category: Junior High+
Content Rating: G
Book Rating: 5 stars
A review copy of this novel was provided by Cedar Fort.
Sabrina's the kind of quirky character I'm immediately drawn to. She's over-confident in some ways and so-not-confident in others. She's smart enough to have received a scholarship to the college of her dreams but dumb enough to think she can pull off a pretend stalker situation. She often comes across as younger than her 18 years, sometimes unbelievably so, but overall, I found her naivete refreshing.
The story is told in first person, and I think that was a perfect choice because it lets us see inside Sabrina's skewed perception of herself and everything around her. It also allows her subtle brand of cheeky wit to shine. "For Mom, no crisis can compete with the urgency of hot rolls in the oven." She's sometimes harsh in her entertaining observations of her family, but what 18 year old isn't? Eventually, she cuts her sister some slack, and the growth in that relationship is one of my favorite aspects of this story.
Another favorite aspect—Calvin. I adore him. He's so complex and intriguing. Just when you want to love him, you realize you shouldn't. And just when you're fixin' to hate him, you can't. At least I couldn't.
The flow of the writing is smooth and fast yet still allows for original and vivid description, almost always mixed with humor:
"We are huddled together on Paul's front porch like would-be trick-or-treaters, costumed as the perfect family. The word "coif" comes to mind—and I'm not just talking about us women. Heather has teased so much gel into Mack's fine blonde hair it's as if he's wearing a hair helmet. Or a mace. I inch away from Mack so as not to puncture myself on one of his sharp, stiff spikes of hair, wondering if there isn't something willfully aggressive about the way Heather's transformed him into a weapon. Love is a battlefield, indeed."
I highly recommend this story to those who enjoy clever writing and quirky characters.
Part of trouble stems from her belief that because she was born so many years after her brother and sister, she wasn’t wanted. She looks at her birth as an inconvenient accident rather than a pleasant surprise. She feels she has always needed to be the perfect child to overcome her position in the family. The way she wears her safari hat that is part of her work uniform even when she is not at work becomes a symbol for her desire to hide from her perceived reality. This misunderstanding clouds her reasoning leading her to make choices which, although they are very innovative, are destructive. I could understand her motivation although I couldn’t agree with it.
The author not only portrayed Sabrina well, but the other characters are also engaging. The secondary romance plot involving the rebel older sister Sabrina thinks can get away with anything because she is so beautiful touched me. It portrayed the consequences that can be suffered later in life of not making good choices while younger, yet there is the hope that she can turn around her life and move forward. Also, the mother as the powerhouse in the family—the main person Sabrina recognizes she must work around—and the father—tired and loving—kept the story interesting.
This was no Pollyanna story. It gave me a lot to think about. I could not help but like Sabrina in spite of her poor choices. The book is well-written and the plot moves forward at a good pace. I recommend it.
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