Author: Elizabeth Scott
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (March 25, 2008)
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Kate's life was starting to fall down around her ears. Her dad quit his job to open a vitamin kiosk, and her best friend ditched her to hang with the in-crowd, then of course there is the guy that she likes but who has a massive player status reputation. Kate's life could be any girls life.
The main I didn't like about Kate is that she was very focused on herself. But then I have to stop and remember that at Kate's age I too was very self focused. It was more about me than anyone else.
Anna, Kate's best friend keeps jerking her around. Kate misses her so much, and is so desperate for any sign that her old best friend is in there somewhere. Anna does show that she still cares for Kate, but doesn't want to be seen with Kate. I feel that Anna jerked Kate around. She knew that no matter what Kate would be there, and yet took advantage of that.
Kate's dad is essentially just another one of the kids. He plays video games with her brother, and has no issues leaving his job to follow his dream, to own a vitamin kiosk. I really wasn't a big fan of her dad. The fact that he would have both of his children work at what he is calling the family business, but would have no problem leaving Kate there by herself to go play video games or something really annoyed me.
Kate's mom, brother and grandmother were all wonderfully supporting roles. And her mom and grandma's relationship dynamic was very realistic. Something that when her grandma was first introduced I thought would end up being extremely played out and cliche.
Will, Kate's player status crush was adorable. I totally want a guy like him. I felt bad that she wouldn't cut him even the smallest break. The way Kate felt was that everything he did or said had some ulterior meaning or was him just being a player. I had to remind myself though that that too was part of being in high school.
Growing up, falling in love, family issues. This book was really good. I would recommend it to young girls. Maybe 8th grade and up.
No excerpt to copy and paste here, but the author does have the first two chapters up on her website. Or you can click HERE to read them as well.