Sunday, March 21, 2010
Swoon at Your Own Risk
It’s the summer before senior year and Polly Martin has sworn off boys. Who needs the hurt and confusion? Five recent breakups have left her with an unnatural knowledge of NASCAR, the ultimate hiker’s outfit, a student council position, the sixth highest score on the Donkey Kong machine at the mall, and a summer job at Wild Waves with ex #2 Sawyer Holmes.
Success seems a sure thing when Polly’s grandmother, the syndicated advice columnist, Miss Swoon, moves in for the summer. Polly almost doesn’t mind sharing a room with her little sister, Grace. Think of all the great advice she’ll get!
Everything is going according to plan except... Miss Swoon turns out to be a man-crazy septuagenarian! And then there’s Xander Cooper. If only he wouldn’t keep showing up at Wild Waves with his adorable cousins every afternoon — and what is he writing in that little notebook?
No advice column in the world can prepare Polly for the lessons she learns when she goes on a group camping trip (with three too many ex-boyfriends). Polly is forced to see people for who they are — a blend of good and bad qualities that can’t be reduced to a list or a snappy answer in a Miss Swoon column.
Swoon at Your Own Risk was a cute and fun read. I really loved the story line, but unfortunatley did not feel the same about the main character, Polly. It's not that I didn't like her, it's just that there was just something about her that I didn't connect with. She was just too needy at times and a little foolish. Even though I wasn't really attached to Polly I was still rooting for her through the book. Polly wasn't my favorite, but I loved Xander. He was just so cute and sweet!
The writing was adorable ad capitvating. This was a real charming, relatable story (I mean, who hasn't had a crazy ex situation once or twice before, right?) and an enjoyable read.