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Fearless by Francine Pascal
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Nov 28, 08

bookshelves: fer-teenagers-kids-and-younguns, 2008
Recommended to Amanda by: Found it on my sister's bookshelf. From the old days.
Read in November, 2008, read count: 1

Hmm... Ok, this book wasn't awful. I was upset at first that the entire book wasn't in first person, but actually, Pascal switches back and forth between 1st and 3rd AND she switches between points-of-view of the different characters. Multiple POVs is one of my favorite storytelling vehicles!

I don't think I'd recommend this book for adolescent girls, because there is way too much value placed on sexiness and having boyfriends and stuff--it takes away from the storyline! The book is about a tough girl who can beat the shit out of a zillion people at once, and it just so happens that the bad guys are secretly watching her and sending people to try to beat her up. So I wish they'd get rid of the love shit. It's a really bad example for young women!

I didn't realize this was a series at first. But it is. Which means, of course, that nothing is resolved in the end. That's ok, though. It gives you a little hint at who the bad guys are, but it definitely doesn't tell you what they want with her. Intriguing enough to make me want to read the second one.
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Reading Progress

11/27/2008 page 12
5.36% "The intro was in 1st person, but the book itself is not. :( We'll see how that works. Otherwise good. She's like a little Sydney Bristow"

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message 1: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina Since when is LOVE a bad example for young women? Love is beautiful and even a character that's as much of a hardass as Gaia is liable to fall in love.

She's fearless. Not inhuman.


Amanda I do see your point, Sabrina. And I think that perhaps I didn't clarify enough in my review. What I mean is that pre-teen and teenage girls are soooooooo obsessed with dating and being liked by boys that they fail to see that it's possible to be a happy and successful woman based solely on their own merits. LOVE, in the real world, is a fantastic and amazing thing, and it feels good and it makes us happy. But I'd like to see more heroines who can be fearless and strong without the boyfriend.


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