Sunday, November 8, 2015

Love or Something Like It by Laurie Friedman-OPTIONAL

Friedman, Laurie, Love or Something Like It. Pgs. 174. Darbyceek, 2015. $17.95. Language: G, Mature Content: PG, Violence: G 
Ever since Matt and April officially became an item, she has been getting the third degree from her family and friends. It’s all been worth it until, as Spring Break comes to a close, Matt is hot and cold about their relationship. One minute he’s sweet and attractive, the next, he acts as if she doesn’t exist. She wants everything to be great between them, but isn’t sure if Matt feels the same way. As summer approaches and her friends make plans to go to camp, April feels torn between her friends and her boyfriend. Which will she choose?  
The characters are hard to buy into and a lot of the dynamics between them feels forced. The plot is simple, but draws the reader into April’s world despite the lack of character depth. Overall, reluctant readers who enjoy realistic fiction, romance, and friendship stories will probably enjoy reading this book. MS, HS. OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Jessica M, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High. 

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