- File Size: 3956 KB
- Print Length: 205 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: 80 Pages, Inc (January 13, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 13, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CD56QRQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Good thing she has her grandmother to lean on.
Along with all the typical teen drama of mean girls, does-he-like-me-I-think-I-like-him boyfriends, cheerleading practice, catching up in math, and finding a best friend, Tabitha is confronted with questions about her mother’s past—and current whereabouts—that leave her vulnerable to international smugglers. It’s a rocket-paced read full of outlandish, comedic coincidences that make it easy to keep turning pages.
Tabitha’s voice and perspective is easily identifiable as a teenage girl. She’s funny, real, and worth getting to know.
I know I’m not the target audience, but I do think teen girls will find much to love in this book. In fact, I’m passing it along to my own 14 year old daughter. There’s enough PG romance to titillate, but nothing to make parents blush.
However, the book suffered some identity issues. In between the main plot of Tabitha trying to fit into the town, avoid dating the bad boy, and figure out her mom's past history before she left the town, there was a weird international spy thread involving stolen archeological artifacts and some serious conspiracy stuff. These parts of the book felt tacked-on, they weren't well-developed, and they distracted from the story about Tabitha. I didn't expect it in the book at all, so it really threw me for a loop--not to mention that it was completely unbelievable. By the time Tabitha was fighting off ninjas and rogue spies, I found myself skimming just to get to the end, because it felt like it had morphed into a completely different book.
If either of these two plots had been handled separately, or if they had meshed together better in the book, I would have really enjoyed it, because the author's writing style was breezy and easy to follow. But they felt like they just clashed too much and were competing for screen time. I was rather disappointed. I felt like some of sub plots (Tabitha's relationship with her mom or her dad, and her conflict with her bad boy crush) didn't really get resolved well because of the lack of space.
I would read other books by this author if they were better managed instead of two books mashed into one.
This was a quick and fun book. It wasn't particularly deep, but I really didn't expect it to be, so I wasn't disappointed with it.
I was expecting this to be a straight-up contemporary YA fiction, but when it turned out to have an espionage twist, I was a little bit surprised. The setup that led to that twist were a quite contrived, though, so once the events were in motion, the plot was pretty predictable.
I also had issues with the "instant love" in the book. Seriously, you can be "in like" with someone quickly, but not like I felt like it was portrayed in this story.
If you're looking at this book for younger readers, there is some profanity (never the "f-word"), mild romance (kissing), and mild violence.
I may read more from Megg Jensen in the future.
Megg Jensen does an amazing job of combining humor and mystery. I highly recommend this book!!