Swoon At Your Own Risk by Sydney Salter

Friday, June 25, 2010

Swoon at Your Own RiskIt’s the summer before senior year and Polly Martin has sworn off boys. Who needs the hurt and confusion? Five recent breakups have left her with an unnatural knowledge of NASCAR, the ultimate hiker’s outfit, a student council position, the sixth highest score on the Donkey Kong machine at the mall, and a summer job at Wild Waves with ex #2 Sawyer Holmes.

Success seems a sure thing when Polly’s grandmother, the syndicated advice columnist, Miss Swoon, moves in for the summer. Polly almost doesn’t mind sharing a room with her little sister, Grace. Think of all the great advice she’ll get!

Everything is going according to plan except... Miss Swoon turns out to be a man-crazy septuagenarian! And then there’s Xander Cooper. If only he wouldn’t keep showing up at Wild Waves with his adorable cousins every afternoon — and what is he writing in that little notebook?

No advice column in the world can prepare Polly for the lessons she learns when she goes on a group camping trip (with three too many ex-boyfriends). Polly is forced to see people for who they are — a blend of good and bad qualities that can’t be reduced to a list or a snappy answer in a Miss Swoon column.

My Thoughts:

First off where can I get a boy like Xander Cooper????? LOL Okay, sorry, but he was just added to my literary crush list.  Poor Polly, she is just trying to find out who she is, she's just been going at it the wrong way--through boys. I have a couple friends like Polly. They always change their own likes to fit their current flavor-of-the-month's tastes. I really liked this novel. It was a cute contempt that I think most girls can relate to. Just remember it's a contemp or there is no huge paranormal plot twists or anything, so it's completely character driven.


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