Saturday, September 14, 2013

Wicked Sweet by Mar'ce Merrell-ADVISABLE

Merrell, Mar’ce, Wicked Sweet. Feiwel and Friends, 2012. Pgs. 336. Language: PG-13 (63 swears, no “f”s), Violence: G, Sexual Content: PG-13 Mature Content: PG-13

When summer starts, Chantal and Jillian start making summer project plans. When the two go to the beach on the first day, however, the two’s paths get diverted for the summer. Parker, recently broken up with her girlfriend, decides to make Jillian a challenge for the summer. Making a deal with Will, his best friend, the two decide to challenge each other to kiss a girl first. The two girls they pick are Chantal and Jillian. When Will humiliates her at a party, Chantal decided to get even through being the Cake Princess, then later returning the humiliation. As Parker tries to win over Jillian, he begins to realize that he truly likes Jillian, but the only way they can be together is when he’s helping her with her younger siblings. Will Parker bag the challenge and continue dating Jillian? Will Will beat Parker to the punch? Will Chantal and Jillian figure out what’s going on? Will Chantal get her revenge?

The characters are well-developed and likable, even Will. The plot is complex and holds the reader’s interest. Readers who like realistic fiction, summer stories, and books with strong girl characters will enjoy reading this book. ADVISABLE. MS, HS. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.

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