Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Year of Luminous Love by Lurlene McDaniel –OPTIONAL

McDaniel, Lurlene The Year of Luminous Love 384 pgs. Delacorte Books for Young Readers ,2013. $13.01.  Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13 ; Violence: PG13.
This story features three best friends, recent high school graduates, who each face different challenges. From cancer, to controlling boyfriends, to love triangles, to lackluster parents. Things come to a head when they travel to Italy together. The girls will have to grow up in their own way, support each other, and face life altering events.
I felt like this book was a like a soap opera, making it very readable.  While there were some definite life lessons, many plot threads were improbable and sort of cheesy. For example, the controlling boyfriend is a high ranking drug dealer, who comes to untimely end in a most timely manner. The impromptu trip to Italy includes a potential love affair with a billionaire vineyard owing playboy! I think that students will have trouble connecting to the three main characters –since these teens are more mature than most adults I know! Also a lot of sexual content -although none of it is explicit. 
HS -OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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