Friday, May 2, 2014

It's All In Your Mind

Will Nolan change his bad-boy ways for Vija?

17-year-old Vija Skalbe wants to be an all-American girl--no matter how hard her parents try to impose their strict Latvian standards on her. Then one day Nolan, a folksinger, steals her heart at a coffeehouse.

Soon Vija is cruising from one adventure to another, dizzy with joy, her new-found freedom and the excitement of being with the kind of guy who is a challenge.

However, when Vija's father has a heart attack, she must take over running the family lawn-care business. She feels overwhelmed until sweet brainiac Joel volunteers to help. He shares the workload and lifts her spirits with his humor. But it is Nolan who fills her heart.

It doesn't matter that Nolan wants everything his way. Or that he's constantly eyeing other girls. Or that he can be pouty and punitive. Or that he says she's seeing things all wrong. Until it does matter. But Vija's dazzled and in so deep. The thing is, she likes the excitement of being with him--and maybe Nolan will change his bad-boy ways for her.

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Award-winning author Ann Herrick grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University. Her books have received the ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers Award, the IRA/CBC Children's Choice Award and EPPIE Young Adult Finalist Award.
She now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart. Their daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given them their only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound-rottweiller-beagle mix, and six grand-kitties. While Ann misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in Eugene, Oregon.

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My Review:

I got into this book right from the start. It's an easy read, well written, and the characters are real. Ann Herrick had me on the first page.

This isn't like your typical YA romance. I think I really enjoyed it because it is real life. Things don't always go the way we plan and sometimes stuff just happens.

Vija falls for your bad boy folksinger, Nolan. He's handsome, charming, and not at all what one would expect from a guy. He has no interest in being involved in her home life, he likes things just as they are - the two of them. Vija, like most crushing girls, overlooks all of the flaws in Nolan the instant he pulls out the charm.

When her father becomes ill from a heart attack she is forced to take over the business. Nolan gets a little annoyed at the fact she is spending her time building the business instead of with him. But she can't just let his business crash and burn either.

I definitely recommend this book. Its one that I plan to read again soon.

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Sydell Voeller said...

Congratulations, Ann, on a fine review. And for any readers checking out this comment, I read this book, too, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jude Pittman said...

Such a great story Ann, you definitely deserve that review. Jude

Ann Herrick said...

Thanks, Sydell and Jude! And thanks to Tich for the wonderful review! :)

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Ann,
Congratulations on the great review, well done and well deserved.