Author: Kate Brian
Page Total: 227 pages
Date read: May 10th, 2010
Where I come from everything is gray. The bland, square strip malls. The water in the lake at the center of town. Even the sunlight has a murky quality.
Actually, I didn’t like this book very much until I recently had the chance to re-read it. When I first read the book, I thought the heroine -Reed- was weak and pathetic, the plot somehow annoying yet quite addictive and I despised the Billings Girls. But now that I know the whole story (I’ve read the first four books in this series), I notice small things I hadn’t before, and while it’s true that Reed is self-conscious, let others easily influence her and can’t make up her mind, I also sort of understand her loneliness and her longing to belong to the famous BG. If you can get past the sometimes annoying narrator, you might like this book.
I really enjoyed the school stuff, like ‘morning services’ (it’s not a Catholic school), lunch time, succor practice and Reed’s struggle to keep up with others. The story took an unexpected turn after another, and the relationship between Reed and Thomas was, well, unexpected as well. Not the relationship itself, but how it developed.
“Hmmmm… tough schedule. We have a smarty on our hands.”
“And modest, too. You’re one of those girls, aren’t you?”
“Those girls who are smart but pretend they’re not. Those girls who are absolutely model-level gorgeous but are always saying they’re ugly. Those girls whose very existence tortures all the other self-esteem-lacking girls around her.”
“I guess that makes you one of those obnoxious guys who thinks he knows everything and is so full of himself that he’s convinced that everyone around him wants to hear his every last unoriginal thought.”
He grinned. “Got me pegged.”
“How were the rest of your classes?” she asked sympathetically.
Translation: “I already know history sucked. Did it get any better?”
Answer: Definitely not.
“Aren’t you going to study?” I asked.
“Remember what Noelle said about me having done the whole semester’s work?” Taylor said.
“She wasn’t kidding.”