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Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
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Mar 15, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, first-half-of-2011, mlis-uwm, older-teens, realistic, young-adult-books
Read from April 04 to 18, 2011

Wealer, S.B. (2011). Rival. New York, NY: HarperTeen. 336 pages. 9780061827624. Young Adult.

Brooke had been looking for a friend like Katherine, a music geek just like her. As Katherine became more popular at Douglas High, thanks to Brooke’s influence, jealousy split them apart. Now in their senior year, their friendship ended with a punch. The two continue their bitter rival as both prom and a prestigious singing competition approach. Sarah Bennett Wealer uses the rivalry to meditate on the meaning of true friendship, true rivalry, and the price of popularity. Wealer uses her music background to add credibility. Moreover, the semi-soapy plot also lets the two girls hash out the causes and ramifications of their “cat-fight.” Both girls pay the price for their feud, and their growing maturity throughout the book make for fun, suspenseful, and libretto-worthy tale. Recommended for public and high school libraries, especially those with a strong music program.

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04/04/2011 page 30
9.0% "So much fun!"
04/07/2011 page 130
39.0% "Oh how I wish I didn't have homework."
04/10/2011 page 336
100.0% "Review soon."
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