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Friday, July 2, 2010

Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Hotties by Katie Maxwell

Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Hotties by Katie Maxwell
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Group
Genre: Contemporary
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (196 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Subject: Reasons Why My Life Sucks Right Now From: To: 1. The end of high school. You'd think that's good, right? Remember that episode of Buffy where the demon snake eats everyone at her graduation? That would be an improvement over mine. 2. Dorm life. It’s going to take forever to hipify all those science and techno geeks in the Geek Dorm where I’ll spend the next four year. 3. Dru’s fantasy wedding. She may be one of my best friends, but if she thinks I’m going to wear a pink-and-yellow plaid bridesmaid’s dress, she’s completely wacked out of her gourd. 4. Romantic graduation present cruise…without the nummiest boyfriend on the face of the earth? One word: Waaaaaaaaah!

Teen angst at it’s funniest. Yes, that’s a great way to describe Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Hotties.

I have to admit, the title alone drew me to this book. Who doesn’t want to pursue hotties? From page one, I laughed, cried, and laughed some more. There are hilarious bits of confusion and heart wrenching scenes that reminded me why high school is only four years long.

Emily is the ultimate drama queen, like most any teenage girl. When things don’t go quite as planned, she freaks, but still manages to bumble through. Though there were times when she wasn’t my favorite character, I couldn’t help but root for her. I loved how she grew through the story. There were touching moments, both with her father and with her boyfriend, Fang—what a great name—that redeemed her for me. Although she could be a tad more mature, she’s a girl in a situation where growing up (as in maturity) isn’t her first priority.

The connection to pop culture and the email entries in this story make it relevant to the teen generation. The dialogue bubbles and pops, keeping the reader not only entertained, but sailing through the story. Within a short time I had this book finished, but wasn’t ready to let Emily go.

If you want a story that’s a combination of funny and sweet, then you need to read Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Hotties. I give it 4 suns.

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