Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Life, Love, and Surviving High School by Ann Herrick

The offer changed everything.

Becca's in high school, but she hasn't been on the same page as her best friends since just before the start of middle school and she doesn't know exactly how things got so different. Not different in some edgy, gritty, she's-a-rebel way. More of a Yes-she's-a-dork way. Which makes it all the more amazing that while other friendships have crashed and burned all around them the four of girls have managed to stay Best Friends Forever. She doesn't need to share in her friends' spotlight. Becca's happy to follow along in the shadows, as long as she's not totally cast aside.

She's definitely not ready for guys. In fact, she just wants to skip right over high school and jump straight to twenty-two. By then she figures she will have gotten through her first date, first kiss, passed her driver's test, taken the SATs, filled out all those college applications, somehow survived living in a dorm and gotten her college degree without all the anxiety and drama.

Instead, just after silently deciding to not even think about guys and concentrate on school work for the next four years, she is instantly mesmerized by Brent, a seriously great-looking senior who also happens to have a long-time girlfriend, Claire. Not one to be the "other woman," Becca imagines creative ways for Claire to be out of Brent's life. 

Meanwhile, Becca forms a strictly friends-only relationship with Colt. Becca and Colt turn out be good partners when it comes to studying, taking pictures for the school newspaper and working on a term paper together. But when one day Claire makes an offer about Brent that Becca can't resist, that changes everything.

[For ages 12+]


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Ann Herrick is the author of several books and short stories for kids and teens. Her books have won several awards, such as the ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers award and an IRA/CBC Children’s Choice award. Her stories have appeared in magazines such as 'Teen, Listen, The Single Parent, Children's Digest and The Friend. 
Ann Herrick grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University. She now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart. Their wonderful daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given Ann her only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound-rottweiller-beagle mix. While she misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Ann loves cats, walking and working in her back yard. In addition to stories and books for children and young adults, Ann also writes copy for humorous and conventional greeting cards."

The vast majority of Ann's books are HFN (Happily For Now, with the possibility of Happily Ever After. The characters are in their teens, after all, so Ever After would be a *really* long time.) Two books have positive endings, but not the standard HFN or HEA, but with those possibilities if the reader reads very carefully between the lines at the end of the story.

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My Review:

This was the second book by Ann Herrick that I've read. I absolutely loved this story. This was nothing like the millions of other high school related books I've read. This one was pretty much down to earth and an excellent read.

You have a dorky girl, Becca, that has somewhat pulled away from her friends. Not because she doesn't want their friendship but because she is still very much interested in riding bikes and her friends are more into boys.

When Colt waltzes into class with his work boots, John Deere shirt and says "Howdy," Becca automatically labels him as farmboy. From the start she wants to avoid him but it seems like the harder she tries the more they end up together, they are lab partners and quickly become study partners.

High school is tough. Becca wants to fit in but she just isn't interested in most of the activities her friends are. There is one boy that has her eye, unfortunately he has a girlfriend.

I give a thumbs up for Life Love and Surviving High School.


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7 comments:

Ann Herrick said...

Thanks so much for the great review, Tich. And thank you also for the insightful comment about the endings of my books. :)

Jude Pittman said...

Wonderful review and so perceptive about Ann's books i wod highly recommend her to mynteen readers jude

Dotti said...

Great review! Congrat, Ann!

Kathy Fischer-Brown said...

Congratulations on another wonderful review.

Sydell Voeller said...

Very nice, Ann Congrats on the 5 butterflies!

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Ann,
Lovely review congratulations. Well deserved.
Margaret

Heidiwriter said...

Great review--makes me want to read the book (and I'm a looooong way from high school!)