Monday, May 13, 2013

Review / Shucked by Megg Jensen

Suburgatory meets Indiana Jones...on a farm

Fifteen-year-old Tabitha has had the kind of life that would impress even the greatest adventurers. She's escaped a croc attack in the Amazon, walked the length of the Great Wall of China, and earned a black belt in taekwondo in Korea. She owes her worldly experience to her mother's career in archaeology, but when her mother takes on a dangerous new assignment, Tabitha is devastated to learn she can't tag along.

Instead, she's forced to live on a midwestern farm with her grandparents where she'll have to attend a full year of public school. It's Tabitha's greatest nightmare, because despite all her adventures, she has no practical experience with the one thing that frightens her the most - other teenagers.

Her math teacher is her mom's old high school boyfriend, she can't tell the friendly girls from the mean ones, and she develops a major crush on a boy she knows she can't trust. And just when she thinks she'll never get the hang of this normal teenager thing, an attack brings the danger of her previous life right up to her midwestern porch. Who could have ever guessed getting totally shucked would bring her face-to-face with her most exciting adventure yet?



Author: Megg Jensen
Publisher: 80 Pages, Inc
Published: April 14th 2013
Genre: YA

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About the author (via Goodreads):

I've been a freelance parenting journalist since 2003 and began writing YA novels in 2009. I co-run DarkSide Publishing, am a member of SCBWI, and I blog about writing while juggling freelancing, volunteering, and family life. I live in the Chicago suburbs with my husband, two kids, and our miniature schnauzer, Ace.

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My Review:

I have never been disappointed with any of Megg Jensen's books.  Her stories are always fresh and her characters come to life beautifully.  Her writing leaves me hungry for more.  Shucked is a fun-filled, quick, YA book with some action and a little romance.  That is what I love about Megg's writing, there is always a lot of action and some romance.

Tabitha has been raised pretty much all over the world.  She has seen things that most teenagers never have the opprotunity to experience.  She's lived in jungles and come face to face with crocodiles.  With an archaeologist for a mom, she has lived an exciting life.  Unfortunately, her mother has been called away on a dangerous assignment and Tabitha will have to extend her stay at her grandparents farm.

She has never been in a traditional school so when she is forced to attend she is less than thrilled, maybe terrified is a better word.  Despite all of her wild and sometimes dangerous adventures, she has zero experience with kids her own age.  There's no way she can fit in.

In her short time at the school she finds a best friend, a guy that causes her heart to skip a beat and butterflies to dance in her belly, and the strangest thing...her math teacher is her mom's old flame.

Shucked is a YA novel you don't want to pass up.  If you're a mom and wondering about the language, it's very mild.  I highly recommend this novel.

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