Jessica Williams wishes she were anywhere other than her small town in Oregon. All the kids there are the same except for the few skateboarders her father cannot stand. Life is pretty dull for Jessica until Cam Easton moves into her neighborhood. But when Cam teaches Jessica how to skate, and her father runs for mayor of Preston, her involvement with the skaters poses a threat to her father's campaign. Can the skateboarders prove themselves worthy of the community's support? And most of all, can Jessica and Cam resolve their differences and discover the true meaning of love?
5 Star Review for Skateboard Blues at Tome Tender Books Blog by dii
So, I put on my Inner Tween hat and turned to page one of Skateboard Blues by Sydell Voeller and the next thing I know, I'm finished, I'm smiling and, I admit, I would never want to be so young and so vulnerable again!
It is so refreshing to find an author like Sydell Voeller who can wring every possible emotion out of her characters while allowing them to be "kids" who grow and experience a coming of age, a sense of pride and accomplishment and the blush of young love and friendship! Ms. Voeller has written for teens, tweens and even adults who don't need to always have total in-depth details about everything. The focus was on the kids, particularly Jessica, who tells us this tale from her POV and Cam, who is almost dreamlike to her in so many ways. Ms. Voeller has spoken to every teen who has ever felt awkward or insecure, but has the drive to try to take on the world and be open to new adventures. Her ability to create visual scenes in my mind had me smelling the fall air, hearing the sounds of saws and seeing the kindness in a priest's eyes. Beautifully written with strong role models for younger teens.
I received a review copy from Sydell Voeller in exchange for my honest review.
amzn.com/B00J7TYBQ4SKATEBOARD BLUES is a spirited young adult romance book that is sure to grasp any young teenage girl's attention. Ms. Voeller has captured the art of suspension, realistic dialog, as well as well-established characters. Her entertaining story teaches the reader the responsibilities that teenager's have regarding family, friends, the law, and themselves.
Review by Jennifer LB Leese, A STORYWEAVER'S Book Reviews
"The best thing about this book was the characters. They acted like themselves all the time; their emotions, their speech, the list goes on. Adults and young adults will like this one."
~ Mandy Ramaglia, age 10
MOM'S NOTE: I found the story charming and believable, reminding me of a favorite movie from my own teen years-a 2000 version of FOOTLOOSE, with skateboarding exchanged for dancing. Your daughters will enjoy this, mine did, and with all the skateboarding and such, the boys just might like it too, despite the "mushy girl/boy stuff."
4-1/2 Stars! ~ Scribes World Reviews
"SKATEBOARD BLUES is a story of young love, believing in oneself and others. There is teenage angst and joy sprinkled throughout. The characters are believable in their struggle to get the community to listen to them. The reader comes away knowing that anything is possible when people listen to each other and work together. Sydell Voeller's SKATEBOARD BLUES is an uplifting story and one I would highly recommend for young readers!"
~ Carol Durfee, Romance Communications
"Skateboard Blues shows how kids can overcome adult biases. The romantic relationship between Jessica and Cam gets a little shaky at times, due to a misunderstanding, which adds suspense and realism to the book."
~ Review by Elle, Young Adult Books Central