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Book of Love by Abra Ebner
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Aug 20, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult, 2010-books
Read in July, 2011

Why the hell do YA authors these days not seem to understand the nuances of "smirk"?!?!? I have come across this multiple times in the past few years and it is driving me mental. People seem to think that "smirk" means "charmingly cocky grin." THAT IS NOT WHAT IT MEANS. Google can tell you this, for God's sake. Just googling "smirk" tells you that it means: "a smile evoking insolence, scorn, or offensive smugness" (Wikipedia); "an affected, often offensively self-satisfied smile" (thefreedictionary); "a smile expressing scorn, smugness, etc, rather than pleasure" ( Essentially: A REALLY DOUCHEY SMILE, not the kind of thing your hero should be constantly doing. Though "tough" heroines are also prone to smirking. This little rant is brought about in this review because Knight Angels is a repeat offender.

This isn't a bad book. This isn't a good book. This is a mediocre supernatural YA of the type that you have read 13523050325235890 times before. If you like that kind of thing, this isn't so offensively bad that it's unreadable. It's just utterly predictable. Everyone's the classic sterotypes: the smart/good/Hollywood ugly girl who attracts the mysterious/handsome/supernatural guy. The "nice guy" guy friend who is in love with the main girl but will never get with her. Plus, the "bad boy" (twin brother! bonus!) who is the main antagonist. Everything plays out pretty much exactly as you expect.

This one throws in everyone's POV in short little chapters. It's okay, but it's not my thing. Especially since everyone sounds pretty similar. Except for Wes (the "nice guy") who is more whiny than most. And Greg (the "bad boy") talks in italics a lot because I guess the boy loves his emphasis.
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message 1: by Sara ♥ (new)

Sara ♥ Thanks for that! The word "smirk" is used incorrectly so often that I didn't know what it was really supposed to mean! Good to know...

Bonnie I don't understand why it is so often misused! What bothers me the most is that the editors (who should know the nuances of English, yes?) aren't catching this.

message 3: by Ranju (new) - added it

Ranju yeah!!
agree with this :/

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