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Monday, January 25, 2010

Video Magic by Vikk Simmons

Video Magic by Vikk Simmons
Publisher: Awe-Struck
Genre: Contemporary
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Short Story (92 pgs)
Rating: 5 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Kimberly Lange is no stranger to competition. She's been trying to catch up to her successful big brother for all of her 16 years. So when she and Marla Monroe compete for the coveted internship on Northrupp High's senior video project, Kimberly's not just trying to grab a chance to work with Greg Winters, the project's dreamy cinematographer. She's also out to prove to herself and to her parents that she's as much a winner as her big brother.

Ever wanted something so bad it hurt? Ever wanted to please so badly, you thought you’d burst? Then you need to read Kimberly’s story: Video Magic.

Ms. Simmons writes a great novella for the teen generation. We all know it’s hard to grow up and even harder to grow up in the shadow of an older sibling. Many teens will associate with Kimberly. I liked the world Ms. Simmons created as well. You felt like you were right there in the action with Kim and her friends—the backbiting, the cliques, the crushes. For me, it was like high school all over again and it was a fun trip down memory lane.

Kimberly makes a great heroine. She wants to excel in making the video, but she quickly gets in over her head. How many of us have felt like the world is crashing in on us? Then you’ll know how she feels. I liked the interplay between her and her friend, Carol. Even when they are fighting, you can’t help but want them to be friends anyway. I even liked Marla, who can come across as truly snobby. She added a fun little sense of spice to add cattiness to the story. Although I thought Greg was a bit of a jerk and very hot and cold in the beginning, I came to like him and wanted to know more of his story. I felt like the reader didn’t get a good understanding of his issues.

If you want a fun read that shows you life can be sweet and sticky, but you can live through it, then you need to read Video Magic. I give this story 5 suns.

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