The Sweetheart of Prosper County
Almost-15-year-old Austin Gray is tired of standing at the curb and watching the parade pass her by. Literally. She decides this is the year she’ll ride on the hood of a shiny pickup truck in the annual parade, waving to the crowd and finally showing the town bully that she’s got what it takes to be the Sweetheart of Prosper County.
But far from simply being a beauty conte...more
Austin Gray's goal for the next year is to be the FFA (Future Farmers of America) Sweetheart and ride of the hood of a pickup in next year's Christmas parade. Austin sets out gung-ho to reach her goal...more
The Sweetheart Of Prosper County is a glimpse of life for one teenage girl struggling with the grief she feels over losing her father years before and her desire to become something more than what she is: a quiet, almost-friendless loner who spends her time working at her mother’s hardware shop or hanging out with Maribel, her best friend. Her rooster, a gift from a local Creole man named Mr. Bourdreaux, adds a new dimension to her otherwise...more
WHAT I LIKED: The characters depicted in this diverse, small town community remind me a little of Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts. For unique voice, setting, and character development, I give Jill Alexander major props. Reading Sweetheart makes me want to move from my big Texas city to a small Texas town. The people in the town are certainly interesti...more
The characters steal the show for this super sweet book. Austin is a relatable protagonist, with her desires to not be made fun of, to step out of the crowd and be a winner for once. Her actions may cause us to...more
I loved Austin Gray, she loves her momma, misses her daddy and just wants to get through high school without being picked on...more
It's basically about a girl who has to find a way to stand up to and deal with the jerk of guy who is intent on making her the punchline of all his jokes. We've probably all been there, so it had a great message and one a lot of kids will appreciate.
It's more of a character driven novel than a plot driven novel, so if you like character driven novels, you'll en...more
First let me say how I loved seeing a mother actually caring about her daughter. It was refreshing to read the relationship that Austin and her Mama had. I even liked the fact that she was over protective of her daughter. It seems like in most YA books, the parent is just mentioned but never seen, or is really crappy. I loved this story! Who doesn't love a girl from Texas with a chicken? A slightly overweight Elvis impersonator? A creepy drunk Mayor who gets his at the end? I love stories that I...more
Austin has grown up in a small town in Texas. Targeted by a bully, she decides to try to become the "Sweetheart" for the Future Farmers of America chapter at her high school for the Christmas parade. This is supposed to make him no lon...more
Austin Gray is nearly 15 years old, and tired of just watching the parade; she wants to be one of the “hood ornaments” who ride in the parade, perched atop a shiny new pick-up truck and waving to her adoring public. She figures if she’s crowned next year’s Sweetheart, the town bully will finally have to stop targeting her. With the support of her best friend, Maribel, she decides to join the Future Farmers of America and vie for the title. The first step is to convince her mom to give her...more
The Sweetheart of Prosper County is a really adorable book, there's no doubt about it. It's very sweet and extremely fun to read about. There are ju...more
I was never in FFA, but I'm from a small town where FFA is a bit of tradition, and in ways a lifestyle, for many famili...more
Now that she’s in high school, Austin is having trouble with the high school bully. Austin says:
"I just couldn’t get out from under Dean Ottmer’s smothering insults and constant harassment. I didn’t need for him to like me; I just needed for him to shut up. Chestless, Stork, AustiNK. What other people...more
This book was whiny, sappy, corny, b*tchy, pointless, and just plain stupid. I read until chapter 10, got incredibly bored of the storyline, and skipped to the end to see how it played out. Needless to say, the...more
The characters in this novel were unforgettable. At the core of this...more
With the reluctant sup...more
This sweet story of learning to live with the tough parts of life centers on Austin Gray, a girl who has known more than her share of heartache. Austin’s Daddy died when she was only eight and her Momma has never really gotten over him. Austin would like to talk about Daddy, but it’s one subject Momma will not discuss. Making Austin’s life a hundred times more difficult is her bully of a neighbor, Dean Otmer. Austin has been a favorite target of Dean’s cruel jokes since fourth grade and it’s not...more
The book opens up highlighting the key points of the story: Dean Ottmer attacking Austin with insults, and Austin admiring Sundi...more
Read p. 1 starting with "Hey!"
Dean's the kind of boy who throws spit balls and pulls people's pants down. But he's also the kind of boy whom everyone (except his victims) thinks is funny. And to make it worse his daddy owns the Ford dealership and half the town. Dean's made Austin his personal target...more
What Austin does have is a plan.
Austin is almost as tired of waiting for someone else to pull her into the annual Christmas parade as she is of being the butt of Dean Ottmer's jokes and Austin has a surefire way to fix...more
by Jill S. Alexander
Austin wants nothing more than to be a hood ornament in the town Christmas parade; or, as they say in Prosper, the no-Jesus parade, since apparently Jesus has been temporarily banned from Prosper's Christmas festival (huh?). At any rate, Austin just knows that Dean Ottmer will stop poking fun at her flat chest and toothpick legs if she gets to be the FFA Sweetheart. But before she can be voted Sweetheart, she has to raise a blue-ribbon creatur...more
Austin's life is overshadowed by the death of her father when she was in the third grade. Her mother refuses to celebrate Christmas and is overprotective of Austin. But, her mother isn't a wilting flow...more
Square Fish, 2009, 240 pp., $8.99
Author: Jill S. Alexander
Mothers are always protective of their child. They are even more protective of their daughters without a father. They are so protective because they already lost their husband, they do not want their child to be harmed or run away from them.
Austin Gray has a very protective mother and she does not want her mother to worry about her. However, she also wants her freedom and...more
But how to become a Sweetheart? Her new friends in FFA show her the ropes and help her with Dean. In the process, Austin achieves new insights and maturity which help settle unresolved issues with her mother related to her father’s death.
The pedestrian plot is off-set by humorous, quirky, memorabl...more
I like the catfish grappling – I even tried to act out what it would be like to punch through a gill and lock my wrists. Fat Lewis Fortenberry and Mr. Boudreaux are fun characters.
But on the negative side: Dean Ottmer is one of those bullies who’s never going to change, which makes him consistently disgusting. And why would anyone vote for that drunken leech of a mayor? As for Charles Dickens the ro...more