Sunday, July 9, 2017

Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail

Gracie is surprised when she suddenly realizes that A.J., a boy she has known all her life, is very good-looking.  Once she realizes that she likes him, Gracie finds she has forgotten how to breathe or do any of the most basic things she used to know how to do.  But then she finds out that A.J. actually likes Gracie's best friend, Sienna.  Gracie is a good friend and is truly happy for Sienna despite her disappointment and even helps Sienna compose witty texts to banter with A.J.   In fact, it's almost like Gracie's the one having the relationship with A.J.

This story, inspired by Cyrano de Bergerac, is very of the moment in terms of the language and technology.  I was captured at the part where Gracie sees a woman who looks very much like her and is reassured that her future will turn out fine.  But as the book went on it lost some of its glow for me with long paragraphs of Gracie's train of thought.   While her back and forth thought process seems realistic, it was wearing to read and I was longing for another character to come into the picture.  In the end this felt like just another youngish romance.

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