Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Book 45 - The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It

My forty-fifth book was the Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It by Lisa Shanahan. I got this book at the library (it's really a must for a book to have an interesting spine...otherwise, I won't pick the book up...I just skip over it.) This book is about Gemma Stone, a girl who lives in Australia. Her sister, Debbie, is getting married and Gemma is the flower girl (flower girl at 14?? Really??) and she's not excited about it. She's even less excited when she meets the family Debbie will be marrying into. The Websters are obsessed with all things military. The daughter, Jackie, who is Gemma's age, actually wears fatigues all the time. So, as a sort of escape, (and because Gemma's crush, Nick, asked her to), she auditions for The Tempest at her school. Because of this, the troublemaking boy that has a crush on Gemma tries out for the play, too. They get paired up to do an audition scene together, which Gemma is not at all excited about...doesn't the drama teacher know she's meant to be together forever with Nick?! She tries not to judge Raven by his crazy family like the rest of the town, but it’s hard because anytime she goes over to his house, chaos consumes the family. Everything is going alright between them for a while, but when Raven is cast as the villain in The Tempest, he storms out because he knows that's how everyone in town sees him. Gemma doesn't know what to do. Then, when tragedy strikes Raven's family, it becomes even harder to connect with him.
Grade: B+
SC= 4
V= 4
C= 3

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