New! From Bloomsbury Spark, a sunny story of discovery and sisterhood.
A road trip. A singing competition. And super-hot cowboys.
What could be better?
For Charlie, a post-high school road trip isn't just a vacation, it's life changing. While her parents think she's helping a friend move, a chance at fame is the real reason to grab her best friends and drive to L.A. But when her super annoying, uber-responsible, younger sister, Lucy, has to tag along, it isn't quite the summer of fun she imagined.
Add in a detour to her grandparents' ranch in Texas, and between mucking the stalls, down-home cookin', and drool-worthy ranch hands, this could just turn into the best, and most complicated, summer of their lives.
Charlie is dead set on going to Hollywood to enter a talent contest as well as see her old high school boyfriend; now a freshman at UCLA. Since her parents feel certain she's not to be trusted her younger sister is sent along to provide a responsible voice. Well Charlie isn't the type to listen to that type of voice; particularly if it emanates from her goody two shoes little sister. In addition they are to make a stop in Texas to visit their maternal grandparents on their ranch.
This becomes a time for closeness to grow between the sisters; but also a complication for Charlie's plan when both girls find romance with ranch hands during their short stay. When they reach California things do not go at all as planned for Charlie on the personal front and ironically furthers the strengthening of the relationship between the two sisters. Charlie and her girls do the show and Charlie demonstrates that she definitely has serious talent.
This was a good story about siblings, parental pressure, and the difficulties that teenagers face in transitioning to adulthood in today's economic climate. The only questionable thing about the story are the parental attitudes exhibited by Charlie and Lucy's parents.
They seem to be at least one generation if not removed from the parents I've known for the past twenty years; more like their parents or grandparents generation. Still it's a minor point and the most part this was an excellent book on teen girls. Plus the intransigence of the girl's father gave me licence to continually remind my daughter how good she had it. This one came close to earning five stars from me; enjoy it.
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