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Me, Penelope by Lisa Jahn-Clough
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Jul 11, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult
Read on July 11, 2011

Unfortunately I left writing this review until a few days after I'd finished reading it and no matter how many times I read the summary or my review notes, I couldn't for the life of me remembering reading this. Memorable? I think not. I feel like in all of my "under 3 star" reviews I always comment on the same things. A lack of creative characters, an unoriginal plot, and something literary that I didn't particularly like.

Once again I beg authors to think about their parental characters. Not every parent is irresponsible, flimsy, rude, self-centered, or ignorant of the main character. It's very typical in YA books for grieving parents to completely disregard parenting their other children and just wallow in self pity for years. While this is a legitimate and realistic reaction to a child's death, it's boring to read over and over again. It would be awesome to have a strong, reflective parent or perhaps even a family that discusses events before the climax of the book?

I found it very intriguing that Lisa Jahn-Clough chose to have a very sexually-driven plot and main character. Often in YA literature the protagonist is a virgin wary of sex. Instead Penelope is eager to "get it over with" and feels left out that all of her friends and classmates have already had sex. While her perception is obviously biased based on her own virginity and her friends' sexual lives, I'm glad that it was finally expressed that protagonists can be eager to have sex without being sluts or whores. Wanting to have sexually experiences can be liberating, and even if it's illegal at 16, there's nothing wrong with exploring those feelings and emotions.
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