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Monday, September 28, 2009

When it Happens - Susane Colasanti

I read this book last night before and after the Ken Burns National Park special on OPB. Great show - tune in the rest of this week if you have a chance. Anyway, I digress. Back to the book.

This is a teen romance which was done in alternating chapters - one from the girl's point of view (Sara) and one from the boy's (Tobey). I though that was a really effective way to tell this story, and it provided different insight for the reader than if just the boy or just the girl would have narrated. It also makes it a book boys are more willing to read, which is great.

Sara is looking for the ideal boyfriend, and she thinks she's found it in gorgeous, athletic, popular Dave. Of course he doesn't quite live up to that fantasy. Tobey has had his eye on Sara forever, but he's been too chicken to say anything. And now Sara's dating Dave. This calls for drastic measures.

I really enjoyed this book, but will pass on it due to some of the more mature subject matter in the book. It's better suited for a high school than a middle school library.

Available at the Multnomah County Library.

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