What I Read This Week:
Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Starting From Here is the story of Colby, whose mother is dead, and whose father is a long-haul trucker who comes home maybe once a week. Her girlfriend broke up with her to focus on school, and Colby's own grades are perilously low. But when she finds an abandoned dog she names Mo, things start to change in Colby's life. Amelia, a cute reporter from the school paper, wants to interview Colby about her dog...and get to know her better. Robyn, Mo's vet, takes an interest in Colby and Mo and tries to befriend them both. But after the experiences she's had, Colby is reluctant to trust any new relationships, and nearly blows everything before she can figure things out.
This is a quiet story, made interesting by Colby's authentically muddled, unsure heart and mind. Colby's voice rang true, and while it's a short book, there are enough small atmospheric details to flesh out Colby's world. I wished it were a little longer--I wanted to see more of Colby and Amelia--but I think the ending is sweet and lovely just as it is.
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The basic setup: former public school student Willa moves to a new town and starts at a fancy prep school. She makes friends with the rich, popular girls until she realizes that they can be pretty awful, so she starts stealing from them to fund secret gifts to the bussed-in scholarship students the popular kids make fun of.
Ok, I was intrigued. And there was a lot here that was fun. I liked a lot of the supporting characters--like Willa, I was actually much more interested in the three scholarship students than I was in the popular girls. I also thought Aidan, the love interest, was a lot of fun (although I am a sucker for the better-than-he-has-to-be super-charming rich guy: Logan Huntzberger, Gansey, I am looking at you guys.) I did, however, get frustrated with Willa a fair amount. I think my biggest frustration--assuming I am willing to suspend disbelief about the actual crime-committing, which, sure, why not--is that Willa fixates so much on new clothes. I understand why she went for that the first time, but she knows that at least one of these girls can barely buy school books and supplies! I don't know, it just felt like maybe she should have changed things up a bit. There were a few other times, too, that I found Willa just kind of...insensitive.
I will say, though, that I was definitely into the mystery around Willa's mom, which was not resolved in this book. For that reason, and because I did find this to be a fun read overall, I will be checking out Pretty Sly when it comes out in March!
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Waiting In The Wings
Ok, properly, I'm in the middle of this one. I'm loving it so far, though!
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