Weekend Wind Down
Here's the blurb: Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She's stuck with a dull-as-dishwasher job at the library. And she'll spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her father's recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mother's open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about the work and the people. But the best thing about Wish is Wes—artistic, insightful, and understanding Wes—who gets Macy to look at life in a whole new way, and really start living it.
Here are our takes:
by Erica: Well, you can already guess what I think about TTAF, since I'm the one who recommended it. I've read several Sarah Dessen books and what strikes me the most is her use of characterization. Perfect, rigid, every-hair-in-place Macy makes you cheer her along on every tiny little adventurous step she takes. Fun, quirky secondary characters like Kristy and Bert stick in your mind long after the book is done. Artistic, sexy boys with peek-a-boo tattoos on their arms work for me, too, frankly. And the stark contrast of the two "perfect" men in Macy's life? It's amazing how Ms. Dessen manages to make them both not just possible, but plausible. To those who think contemporary YA is "boring" - do yourself a favor and read this book. Then come back and thank me.
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