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
Author: Ginger Rue
Author: Ginger Rue
Boy…books like this really remind you of exactly what a pain in the behind high school really, really was. But the author has done a FANtastic job of adding humor, life lessons, sarcasm, wit, and a whole lotta’ fun to this extremely well-written novel.
We begin our story with one of those girls. You know the ones…the perfect girls in school who, quite frankly, were the end all and be all of popularity. In this novel we meet Brinkley Harper – the Miss Perfect of Story High. Now, Story High School is one of those places that cater to the rich and privileged children of society. Of course, they do offer a few spots to the poor in order to show their socio-economic diversity. But Brinkley Harper’s father bought and paid for the school’s new auditorium, so she can pretty much do anything she wants inside those hallowed halls.
Of course, she did do something a little wrong, and in order to make sure that she doesn’t get expelled from one of the finest schools with the best reputations, she is sent to a counselor who she must talk to, vent all her frustrations on, etc., in order to be allowed to continue at Story High. The counselor, however, isn’t falling for the sarcasm of this young girl; she also refuses to sign the pass that will allow Brinkley to sweep her bad attitude under the carpet and, once again, get away with her sins. In fact, the counselor wants to know why four students have left the school suffering from depression, eating disorders, and more at the hands of Ms. Popular.
Brinkley is completely and utterly fed-up over this ridiculousness and, frankly, can’t stand the fact that she can’t seem to get out of this punishment when they should be treating her like the princess that she is. But the counselor isn’t all she needs to think about. One morning, when she wakes up in the body of a fellow student – a Goth girl named Miranda – Brinkley is scared to death that she’s gone absolutely insane.
This is a fantastic story that takes a girl so used to getting everything she wants, and places her in other peoples’ bodies – people who have to work, scrape, and deal with horrific issues at a very young age. It not only teaches Brinkley Harper a lesson, but the twists and turns of how she learns her lessons, finds her heart, and seeks redemption for the atrocities she’s caused others around her, makes for a really remarkable story.
This author has done a fantastic job of allowing people to see what they look like through other peoples’ eyes, and it is a fun, charming, incredible story that will be a favorite among YA’s. Not only will they enjoy the characters, but the lesson taught is something everyone should learn. Bravo!