July is my month in the rotation; be gentle it's my first month doing this on my own
A great first young adult novel by a talented writer who had written an extremely amusing and entertaining work. The protagonist is fifteen year old Darcy Walker, an underachiever with a measured IQ of 160 and a bad case of ADD. Darcy is sweet, likable and at times is quite courageous; at other times she is so passive that she can't manage to get a word out of her mouth.
I realize that behavioral consistency from a fifteen year old girl with ADD is a ridiculous concept but it does strain credulity for her to take on a street gang without taking a backward step, but be afraid to confront "mean girl" Ivy.
Too many of the book's characters are one dimensional and not particularly likable. The relationship between Darcy and Dreamboat Dylan is dysfunctional to the point that drug therapy and relationship counseling should be commenced immediately. The same is true for the aforementioned Ivy and her boyfriend Jagger Kane; and on again, off again couple noted for assaulting each other physically publicly.
Despite these problems my daughter and I both recommend this selection and this author. We look forward to the next installment in the life of Darcy Walker, though with more three dimensional, as well as more likable characters
As I indicated this is a dark piece of fiction. Lane is not your typical teenager; at least I hope not. She researches serial killers and stalks the streets at night wearing a mask avenging the wronged; dispatching her own brand of justice. Added to the complications is that both her mother and her stepfather are FBI agents. She's headed for the University of Virginia and works part time at a veterinary clinic. Her attraction to the doctor at the clinic is complicated by the age difference; he's 25 she's 17. "Fortunately" for her the doctor's brother is a junior transfer student. That situation is made more complex when she meets him initially when her younger sister Daisy brings him home. Daisy who is the "blowjob queen" of their high school has some issues of her own. Going back and looking into her family tree doesn't provide Lane with a lot of comfort either.
A good piece of realism is added to the story when Lane isn't an automatic member of Seal Team 6. She makes mistakes in her role as vigilante, doesn't prepare as well as she should; forgets certain important factors, and hesitates when she should act; in other words, just like a real teenager.
Personally I enjoyed Lane's dark side and liked a protagonist who acts as we all want to at times. I gave 5 stars to this work; though it was more like 4.5 or 4.6. regardless it's a good listen; short, (about five and a half hours) to the point and without any glaring weaknesses.
I found this selection because of my daughter, but liked it pretty well. There is a great deal in this book about high school politics and way too much about women's shoes but it still plays. Ruby is an emotionally typical teen; sometimes thirty, sometimes ten. I was disappointed at the lack of time given to Ruby's supposed intellect and any workouts or self defense training in the book. There are some unlikely elements in this story but the writer is not only able to pull them off but fit them seamlessly into the narrative. Ruby's recklessness puts herself and those she cares about in peril and she doesn't seem to have second thoughts about it until afterwards when she beats herself up over it for awhile; then does it again. Rather than being incongruous this is reflective of an adolescent mindset. These weaknesses make it a four star for me but it is definitely worth the credit.