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on June 9, 2009
YA Humor
Margaret K. McElderry Books

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Gothling, Annie in RL (real life), is suffering because she lost her boyfriend to her best friend. Or her newly former best friend.

Big J is a fickle guy who moves from relationship to relationship. He does have skills with computers, the internet and writes poetry.

Gothling decides that all boys are alike and she wants to share her cruelly won knowledge with her two friends Ms. T and bliss4u. She tries to convince both Ms. T and bliss4u that their boyfriends would easily cheat on them too and makes a bet with them that if they were to pretend to go away for a while and then create new internet identities the boys would soon forget about their promises and fall for their new masks. Gothling asks for Big J's help in setting up a chat room and drawing BoBoy and chessman into the trap.

I really enjoyed this book because it was funny and reminded me of the Shakespeare comedys. The unique format was what allowed me to believe that two girls could fool their boyfriends best friend about who they are. The dialogue was great and I enjoyed the malapropisms. It did take me a while to get used to the chat and IM format. The author very skillfully inserted description in the chat dialogue. The characters feel real but it is important to remember that the person behind the internet ID could be any age, any gender and from anywhere, and M. Spooner reminds the reader of that a few times. Gothling remains true to her character to the end with her pessimism and biting sense of humor. She does grow also but I won't spoil the ending for you. The cover is very attractive and I had to fight off my daughter and several of the teens at our teen center because they wanted a look at the book. My favorite part is when Big J changes his id to Alfonso and starts falling for Gothling. She thinks he is kidding at first then starts to get interested and asks him why he never wrote a poem for her. At one point she asks him if he thinks she is a potted plant. It is funny because at the same time as she is trying to get him to write her a poem, she is still suspicious about why he is being `nice' to bliss4u and Ms. T. She asks if she should come by and pound some sense into him. When she finds out that BoBoy and chessman blackmailed him into being nice by threatening to quit the chatroom she says that is totally out of line. This seems a little hypocritical since she essentially tricked the girls into their part of the chatroom but she doesn't see the irony.

The author, M. Spooner IMs from Logan, Utah and can be reached at [...]

Kathy Johnson
June 2009
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on November 12, 2009
First off, I have to say that I really did enjoy this book. I'd never read a whole story that was told through chat or IM (though many of you will know the TTYL series by Lauren Myracle). This type of writing makes the book go by fast, which is a good thing sometimes...especially if you are looking for an amusing, quick read to fill your time. It would also be great for semi-readers (the ones that only crack a book every now and then) as it would hopefully keep their interest.

As for the actual story, Bliss and Tamra are two friends who are completely in love with their respective boyfriends, Mitch and Beau. However, their dear friend, Annie, is a cynic when it comes to love and she decides that they should test the boys. The girls all come together (with a friend of the boys', Johnson) to hatch a scheme.

They say that Bliss is out of town helping her grandma and Tamra went with her. While they are "missing," Johnson reveals his summer homework to the boys...a chat room for the exchange students going to their school in the fall. Guess what's going to happen? That's right! Bliss and Tamra disguise themselves as Bridget and Tatiana.

The big twist, of course, is that the girls are going to flirt with their friend's boyfriend and not their own to see what they do while their real-life girlfriends are away. Mixed in with this, you start getting some insight into Annie and Johnson's love lives as well. Are they really going to be cynics for the rest of their lives? least in high school, perhaps.

This is definitely a fun concept for a book and it's something I could see some girls actually trying (though please don't; I really felt bad for these boys!). ENTR@PMENT was definitely a funny book that I enjoyed and would recommend.

Reviewed by: Lauren Ashley
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on May 30, 2009
Entrapment is an incredibly funny book with believable and extremely interesting characters and great little sub-plot tidbits. This book'll keep you laughing right up to the end. it's easy to follow but at the same time doesn't ever get boring.
I just hope that the girls in my life don't ever try this on me.
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on June 3, 2009
Oh wow. This book was so great. Funny, clean, fabulous believable characters. Made you laugh the whole time and had just the right amount of suspense to keep it interesting. The entire book was so cute, and it's good for both genders, although the cover may make you think otherwise. I absolutely loved it.
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on June 8, 2009
I really enjoyed this book. It had a good plot and interesting characters.
Personally, Johnson was my favourite character. He had great character evolution and always made me wonder what he would say next.
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on May 28, 2009
This is such a fun story! It's got witty dialogue, romance, surprises--everything a book needs to keep you turning the pages. If you've ever read a Lauren Myracle book, this is way better (i.e. not trashy at all).
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