I am an English teacher and needed to pick a book for my next class semester. I did a google search, found this book and read it. It is a good book for girls, I would say they should be late teenagers before reading, only because one story line is about a 15 year old girl trying to seduce an older boy to sleep with her (I won't give it away...).
I liked the story and the characters. Its a good "coming of age" story that focuses on 4 different story lines for the 4 girls who will spend their first summer apart. The writing was good, though the author choose to bounce back and forth between the 4 stories in mid chapter, with no warning and it was a little jarring to then figure out where you are and with who. I cared about the characters by the end and wanted to see how their stories ended. I thought Carmen's father got off the hook too easily (my father also left under similar circumstances) and one girl falls for a boy that she doesn't really know, so it was a little unrealistic. Over all, a good read.
I will try the book with my 300 College girl students (its an English college program to get the Chinese girls jobs teaching English, Chinese and translation). We will see if they can handle it, the words might be above their level... but if they can get it, it might be the first English fiction book they've ever read and I'd say the story will be worth the work...
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: CHILDRENS ORIGINAL - TRADE; 1 edition (1 July 2011)
- ISBN-10: 1742751202
- ISBN-13: 978-1742751207
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
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Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
199,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #60714 in Teen & Young Adult