If I knew that I would be a writer, and I'm obviously not. I just know that some of SEP's greatest books, like Glitter Baby or First Lady, had characterizations, story and humor that somehow missed the boat in this one. I liked Temple tremendously but I think Lucy sometimes went off the deep end in terms of believeable behavior. "Viper"? Please. At times I actually cringed. I miss the multi-faceted Lucy we saw in First Lady. Also, it is never really touched upon that, if Lucy's mother was President, she very likely sent Panda (another wierdo name that doesn't really fit) into war. At the very least, she made decisions that altered his life irrevocably. This could be a very, very interesting character development that was completely glossed over. I think the President could have cast a much bigger shadow without another word of dialogue, and probably would have done so in a real life situation.As usual, I think the side plots really made the book. These were done well. The book had a theme about being true to oneself and the stories stayed true to it, for the most part. I like the fact that SEP builds characters I can like.
Another reviewer remarked that Lucy's behavior at the ending was shockingly manipulative. I agree, it made me like her less. Lucy seems to have a major deficit when it comes to acting like an adult, and this makes it very difficult to like her the way you want and need to like a principal character. I understand this is meant to be a plot point, but I got over reading teenage romance when I was, well, a teenager. This ending led me to believe that Lucy didn't grow up as much as I would have liked and I was disappointed in her.
Probably Temple. Nice and smooth and imperious - perfect!! I don't think Shannon Cochran spends a lot of time around 12-year-old boys - most of them don't have high, squeaky voices that make them sound like seven year olds.
Yes, absolutely. SEP is always worth a listen! While this book isn't the vintage SEP we have all compulsively read and re-read, I have major faith in this author. If she were to stop writing tomorrow (which I sincerely hope she doesn't) I would still re-read my favorites and treasure the time I spent doing so. That being said, I value and respect SEP too much to sugar coat reviews!
In summary, it's not the best we've come to expect from SEP but it's still a fun read within the genre and I will continue to purchase titles from SEP as long as she puts them out. Thank you!!
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