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The Oracle of Dating by Allison van Diepen
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Aug 03, 10

Very fun read. For a Young Adult book, it’s not too mushy or wrapped up in hormones and angst. The story is well written and the main characters are endearing. The pace is great, not too fast that there are gaps, and not too slow that the reader feels like a plow horse. The interconnectedness of technology with today’s youth is portrayed well, as are the (mostly) harmless antics of teens dating in secret or using fake id’s.

Kayla is very mature for her age and has sworn off dating (after two failed test boyfriends) until she is in college and can date guys who are supposedly further along the maturation path. This is motivated by her parent’s disasterous marriage and helping her sister repeatedly deal with heartbreak. Despite her personal lack of experience, Kayla has an unusual gift for giving great relationship advice, administered (almost) anonymously through a web site–The Oracle of Dating.
Kayla’s vow changes after she spends some time with the brooding, loner Jared. Confused, as her emotions battle her logic as the Oracle, she loses faith in herself and her ability to give sound advice. Things soon right themselves and Kayla moves forward to meet her destiny with the support of the Oracle’s loyal following.

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