Author: Jenny B. Jones
Published by: Think (2007)
My Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭
This book was hysterical and hilarious. Katie Parker is the best teenager ever. She is full of smart comments, sarcasm, and otherwise funny things that had me laughing every other sentence. Yet, her thoughts seem very realistic—like an average teen. She has gone through so much, and though her thoughts may have some negative sarcasm, she is great at looking on the bright side (though she’d never admit it). Katie is truly an amazing person and character and my only regret is that she is only a fictional character—she seems real enough to be a real person!
Characters: I could talk all day on the characters. Frances was a great best friend for Katie, encouraging and yet still realistic. I hated Angel so much, probably more than Katie herself did, and I was yelling at Katie for not doing something about it. Of course, when she finally did do something, I was cheering her on. I loved Maxine, then I didn’t like her at all, then I liked her, then I was so mad at her, but in the end I knew she had a good heart. Katie is lucky to be in such a good family even if it isn’t actually hers.
Plot: The teenage drama written in was well done as well; while there was mild teenage romance, it was nothing more serious than a crush (though I don’t know exactly what you’d call Frances’s situation). It was hilarious but realistic and you can’t help but side with Katie.
What else is there to say? This book was amazing and incredible and awesome. One of the best books I’ve read this year. Though there is nothing directly inappropriate for young audiences, an older audience (12+) would be more likely to truly appreciate this work. Five stars without a doubt and I’d highly, highly recommend it!