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Amy Lignor

Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles.  She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books.  She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben

 
By Amy Lignor
Published on June 17, 2010
 

Author:  C.K. Kelly Martin

ISBN:  978-0-375-84588-8


This is a well-written YA that really does a great job of showing the difference between true love and sudden lust.  Not only are the relationships a good thing to study, but Mason’s relationships with his new family are also explored in a way that’s both funny and sweet.  This is truly an excellent read!




Author:  C.K. Kelly Martin

ISBN:  978-0-375-84588-8

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First love for a teenager is a lot like being run over by a truck every hour of every day.  I think we all can remember the first loves, hates, disappointments, and – most importantly – our very first best friend.  You know that guy or girl that you can play sports with; text in the middle of the night with the news of how ridiculous your parents are and how you can’t wait until your old enough to disappear?  That’s THE friend.  Well, this book is a poignant look at what happens when you and your best friend cross that line and end up in bed together.

Mason Rice is our main character.  Mason is sixteen and is an aspiring actor.  Not only does he have classic good looks, he also has a huge heart, and hangs out with an inner circle of other actor friends who really love him.  His best friends are Kat and Jaime; they’ve been an inseparable trio for a good long time.  On the night of the big play, where Mason is riding high on a fantastic performance, he and Kat end up doing the one thing that best friends usually don’t do. Now Mason feels deeply for Kat and is absolutely excited about the new step they’ve taken in their relationship.  Unfortunately, the next day at school, he realizes that Kat feels the opposite.  In fact, she is trying to completely ignore him and not even look him in the eye. 

On top of the tragedy playing out in his love life, Mason’s father is moving in his fiancée Nina and her two kids; a great little boy named Burke who Mason gets along with immediately, and a thirteen year old girl named Brianna who is as angry and rude as she can possibly get.  No matter what Mason does, he can not get Brianna to be nice to him in the least.  With Mason’s house now invaded by a ready-made family, he finds himself trying to spend less and less time on the home front.

One good thing that Dad’s relationship with Nina brings to Mason, however, comes at Nina’s bridal shower.  One of Nina’s friends is named Colette, and she is a hot twenty-three year old woman who seems to flirt with Mason right off the bat.  Of course, Mason is sixteen, so he doesn’t exactly believe that the woman is serious – but….boy…he would really like to think she is.

At a chance meeting in a coffee shop, Colette and Mason run into each other once again and an attachment forms almost in the blink of an eye.  Although they both know that their age difference makes it an impossible relationship, they seem to get along better than they get along with anyone else in their own age group.

This is a well-written YA that really does a great job of showing the difference between true love and sudden lust.  Not only are the relationships a good thing to study, but Mason’s relationships with his new family are also explored in a way that’s both funny and sweet.  This is truly an excellent read!

 

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