Not being in the US, I don't exactly have access to the whole slew of reality shows from that country. The best I know are the big names, and...more4.5 stars
Not being in the US, I don't exactly have access to the whole slew of reality shows from that country. The best I know are the big names, and then a few from the UK (more often than not dubbed in French) and France through satellite TV. So the reality TV angle didn't really make me jump for joy or excitement to get another such 'fix'.
No - what intrigued me is that this story had the typical "make me over and it'll all be better but I will lose myself along the way and hopefully, find my real self and redeem myself before it's too late."
My impression was spot on. I mean, yeah - come on, it's YA; there's got to be a 'moral' to the story somewhere in there. And there was...in a manner that totally makes you see that the grass is not at all greener on the other side! Shannon loses herself until it's almost too late - yes, we all saw that one coming (and the resolution, too), but the way Ms. Crompton brings this story to a close? Epic!
Loved the humour in there (come on, it's got to be worth it for One! Million! Dollars! Sorry, couldn't resist putting that one in *grin*) and the whole view of high school (I went to an all-girl school and we don't have prom here. yes, I know - shame!) made it like you are living vicariously through Shannon.
Thumbs up to the author for dealing with the issue of bullying - something totally silly can really wreck the life of a kid when bullies gang up and even peer pressure or group effect makes the others join the fray. This was illustrated very clearly in all the suffering Shannon has to endure because she's a bit "different". You really do end up feeling for her...though there are times when you want to bash her, too. But hey, you don't learn without making mistakes.... and a large part of this book is about this.
Light yet deep, fluffy yet serious, this is on the whole a giggle fest that however does not end up vapid and leaves you with a message to accept yourself as you are - this is what matters, ultimately. (less)
This wasn't an overly long book; well, being YA, I think it kinda tended to the shorter/in-your-face approach that teens are known for.
And talk about...moreThis wasn't an overly long book; well, being YA, I think it kinda tended to the shorter/in-your-face approach that teens are known for.
And talk about in-your-face! I remained glued to this book. Just couldn't let it go because I had to keep reading! I had my suspicions about the mystery around Riley, and these were confirmed somewhat before the the last third of the book. Wondered how the author would keep this going on, what she would come up with.... My goodness, I was so NOT disappointed! I never would've seen the twists and turns that Ms. Jayne spins in the last part of the book.
The whole climate of paranoia - she built this to a T! The very atmosphere felt oppressing, overwhelming, and soon, Riley's doubts become your own, making you wonder what is really happening here...
I love a good thriller, and this one did not disappoint at any stage of the story. What really blew me away though was the YA angle. You always see thrillers with adults, etc, but you don't find the teenage world often in such stories. Ms. Jayne wove a stunner in this one! On top of the suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat, she pens a very relatable Riley. We become her, literally, when we're reading - another feat given how this story is not in 1st person POV.
If you're looking for suspense and a story that will you riveted and guessing until the very end, then this book is for you! Do NOT miss SEE JANE RUN!!! (less)