Friday, December 16, 2011

And By the Way by Denise Deegan Review

And By the Way…
By Denise Deegan

Feb. 2011
Hachette Books Ireland, 336 pages
Source: Publisher

At Strandbrook College, we are Kids Of. Kids of diplomats, media stars, musicians, artists, actors, oh, and wealthy people who aspire to all of that. I'm the kid of a rock star. Means nothing to me. When Mum died, six months ago, I didn't just lose her, I lost my dad - to work. The only thing he does now is annoy me. He hires people like 'The Stylist' who wears bullets in her belt and makes him look like a hobo. Seriously.

But 'The Rockstar' isn't the only person who drives me mad. There's David McFadden, a guy in my class who could have helped but didn't. Now, it's too late. I don't want his help. Because I'm not going to trust anyone, love anyone, rely on anyone. That way I'll never be hurt again.

If only I could solve the problem of Rachel, my best friend, who won't let me pull back just like that. Even David McFadden won't stay out of my face. But I'm not going to fall for his blue eyes, his windswept hair or the plaited leather on his wrist. And when he says he wants to help, I'm sure as hell not going to listen...


— Amazon.com description

Eeek, a novel about a teen coping in the aftermath of her mother’s death. That’s usually hard for me to read. It’s just so…heavy. What? I prefer fun, beachy times, what can I say? But, I think this book was different for me because Denise Deegan did a beautiful job of tempering such a serious issue with just the right amount of romance, friendship issues and humor.

So here’s the deal: Alex is the daughter of an international rock star, and she’s got two besties, and this super sweet surfer dude totally has the hots for her, and she’s got a live-in chef and she lives in Ireland, which I totally romanticize, so I was like “Damn, girl’s got it made.” But no, she’s so in her head that she’s convinced herself that she’s all alone.

It’s hard to watch her push everyone away, but you have to feel for her. In a YA world of backstabbing best friends and bad-boy love interests, it was pretty inspiring to watch her besties stick with her (well, for the most part) and her love interest root for her. Ahhh, David McFadden. Who doesn’t want a charming, beautiful surfer boy who will stick with you through thick and thin?

It had a bit of a slow start, but stick with it. I think it’s totally worth it. My only disappointment was finding out that the sequels follow Alex’s best friends, when all I wanted was more time with Alex and David. Ahh, well.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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