Title: Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks
Author: Lauren Myracle
Genre: YA Commercial Fiction
Summary: Two sisters spend a summer apart and start to grow apart. When Sophomore Carly is joined at Holy Redeemer High School in an exclusive suburb or Atlanta, GA, by her Freshman Sister, Anna (who got mega boobs over the season), her view of herself and her sister (and pretty much the whole world) starts to change.
First Line: "I'm out by our pool with my sister Anna and my best friend, Peyton. Anna and Peyton are working on their tans; I, on the other hand, am carving a 'peace' symbol into a potato."
Review: I loved this book and sucked it down in one night of self-abandoned reading. (I even skipped watching the Gossip Girl season premiere (for shame) to read this book.)
Is that not enough enticement of how awesome this book is?
I'm afraid that anything I write won't be truly awesome and it'll make you think that the book isn't completely awesome, and that would be (for shame) too bad. I'm half-tempted to just repost the fantastic review of this book from the (fantastic) blog Forever YA (which is what I read that got me to check the book out).
But I won't.
I'll tell you the characters were entertaining (and there was a huge variety--every race and country represented in this rainbow kaleidoscope) and their dialogue was believeable. As were their interactions (for the most part). All the girls were spot-on in their jealousy; the only thing that wasn't perfect was the long-suffering Roger (who crushes on Carly). Seriously, no 15-year-old guy is that patient. He shoulda knocked some boots (do the kids say that these days?) with another chick to get Carly to be jealous (that's what a normal guy would have done). Or is Myracle trying to make a statement that the Dutch aren't normal? Could be... Rose Nylund was definitely the wackiest lady on Golden Girls.
But all that aside, the relationship between Carly and Anna was awesome to read. Maybe it's because I'm a sister (and I know that deep down, in the part that never gets talked about, you are jealous of their successes and/or popularity), but I loved this book. And I can say that from a "grown-up" place where my sister is my best friend (and annoys me endlessly sometimes, as do I to her).
Recommendations: I don't know what else to recommend because this book might be one of the first books where the relationship between sisters was the big deal. Even still, check this out.
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