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I'm not normally a fan of chick lit, whether adult or teen versions, but this is one of the best I've ever read, for the primary reason that it is both "girl power" and "girls united" in its major themes. Instead of a cliche "Mean Girl" cheerleader persecuting the "geeky" heroine, they become part of a team of four girls, none of which, in the normal course of events, would have ever been friends because they are very different. In fact, they are so different, it rather reminds me of the unlikely band of female friends in the popular TV series of a few years ago, "Army Wives."
Generally speaking, the central premise of YA chick lit is the exact opposite of the central premise of romance. Chick lit encourages girls to believe that romance is a barrier to making their most important life goals happen, that romance reduces you to something less than you can be. In contrast, the central ideal of romance is the idea of finding a true friend and task partner in life, a pairing that expands the possibilities of both partners and makes each far larger in character and accomplishment than would be possible if they were not together. Fascinatingly, this book takes these opposite contentions and satisfies both of them in one story in an extremely well-written and satisfying way. In fact, I'd say the book is brilliantly written.
I rate this book as follows:
Main Heroine: 4 stars
Subcharacters (Female Cohort): 5 stars
Main Male Romantic Interest: 4 stars
Secondary Male Romantic Interests: 5 stars
Chick Lit Plot: 5 stars
Romance Subplots: 5 stars
Writing: 5 stars
Overall: 5 stars
Another reviewer complained about the lack of romance - but this is part of what I loved about it. This is the story of strong young women who are more about respect and what should be due them via their accomplishments than it is a teen romance. And yes, the romance is there, too, and it's fun because most of the match-ups defy stereotypes, but it's so much MORE than that.
The real strengths I see here are the strengths of the female characters. They truly do band together, and they defy their own, and others' stereotypes of how they should act or interact with their school, with each other and with life. Also, this book has a great focus on cyber-bullying, even when the cyber-bullying may be unintentional, and how carefully teens need to tread with social media. This is taken head-on, without a preachy tone.
Okay, but the real deal is the fun - there are literary allusions, smarmy guys (and girls), great role models (older and younger), and quite a bit of laugh-out-loud wit. If you have a strong young woman in your life, I'd highly recommend this book. If you have a strong young man in your life, I might recommend it even more - especially if he complains that he doesn't understand the opposite sex. Whatever - son or daughter or niece or nephew - give a holiday gift that will leave them thinking... and then you have fun reading it when they're done!
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