Saturday, May 24, 2008

How To Be Bad by: E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle

The much-anticipated YA book of three well-known authors, E. Lockhart
(The Boyfriend List, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks), Sarah Mlynowski (Bras & Broomsticks)and Lauren Myracle (TTYL, Eleven) is finally here!

To be frank, I'm usually not very fond of roadtrip novels, (mainly because I end up bored out of my skull or I really, really want to go on vacation) but I think I'll make an exception for How To Be Bad. Another book told in the alternating POVS (Like yesterday's review of Certain Girls!) of three Floridian teenagers: Jesse, Vicks and Mel, this story is equal parts lough-out-loud hilarious and tears-flowing sad.

Jesse, the religious, good girl of the group, just found out her Mama has cancer. The very same Mama who entered a wet T-shirt contest and whom Jesse called a whore. It's her idea to take Mama's car (without asking, natch!) on a little spin to go see her best friend, Vicks' boyfriend Brady at the U of Miami.

Mel's pockets may be flowing with cash and the pockets may be Chloe designer, but that doesn't make her life any better. After just moving down south from Montreal, she's contsantly stuck in between her older sister and younger brother. This trip is exactly what she needs. But will Mel's part be bigger than just providing the money?

Vicks is the loudmouth of the group, but you can tell more is bubbling underneath the surface. She's the youngest (and only girl) in a family of six, where money is tight. Problems with her sweethearted boyfriend Brady arise and Vicks' hard exterior cracks throughout the novel.

Total: Four and a half. Extra points for featuring a Canadian character, but occasionally the plot drags.

If you loved this book check out: Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler.

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