Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review: What Would Emma Do?

What Would Emma Do?What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Thou Shalt Not Kiss Thy Best Friend’s Boyfriend...again...

There is no greater sin than kissing your best friend’s boyfriend. So when Emma breaks that golden rule, she knows she’s messed up big-time...especially since she lives in the smallest town ever, where everyone knows everything about everyone else...and especially since she maybe kinda wants to do it again. Now her best friend isn’t speaking to her, her best guy friend is making things totally weird, and Emma is running full speed toward certain social disaster. This is so not the way senior year was supposed to go.

Time to pray for a minor miracle. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s time for Emma to stop trying to please everyone around her, and figure out what she wants for herself."

I can't believe I waited so long to read this! I've had the book for about a year, and honestly, the cover and description kinda kept me from reading it. I figured it was about some spiteful, evil girl who doesn't care if she steals her friend's boyfriend...but I was wrong, it's much deeper than that, thankfully. Emma's thoughts are laugh-out-loud funny. I'd say this book ties with "Nightlight" for funniest book I've read all year. To me, the plot was very original, and I wasn't quite sure how it was going to end. Emma's small town reminded me of my own hometown (that I still lived in up until about six months ago), so I might be a little bias, because I like stories about people trying to escape small towns to follow their dreams. However, I feel that “What Would Emma Do?” is a fresh take on the escape-small-town plot line. Fun read!

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