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The Black Sheep by Yvonne Collins
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Jun 27, 09

bookshelves: young-adult
Read in June, 2009, read count: 1x

** spoiler alert ** Kendra writes a letter to Black Sheep—a reality show that tapes switcheroos between two teenagers—hoping for any kind of escape from her parents and their binder full of rules. Luckily, she is accepted into the reality show and is chosen to switch places with another girl named Maya, who lives in California with her hippy parents. But just weeks into the reality show, Kendra finds herself making a new set of rules—a set of guidelines known to her as Black Sheepism—and she is determined to follow them. Old habits die hard, huh?

Kendra is faced with problems from the get-go. Her new parents, Max and Mona, are drastically different from her old parents. Instead of being immersed with work, they are environmental activists. This is not a problem. Their son Mitch is the problem. Mitch and Kendra start on a bad foot. Actually, it seems like Kendra was doomed for Mitch’s distrust. Because of the situation. Because of Black Sheep.

Kendra changes as time progresses. Her ideals, her personality, and her . . . relationship with Mitch. Yes, it’s predictable and inevitable. Their relationship grows from hatred, to indifference, to like, to . . . Well, the story is left open at the ending. There is only a promise for the future.

Along with Kendra and Mitch’s promising relationship is the future Kendra shares with her family. Her once negligent parents are finally listening to her and openly showing how they care. Kendra is given the opportunity to stand up for herself, and hopefully, the rule book will be ditched. I guess will never know with that ending though. . .

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