Middle school students have reading interests that run the gamut from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Twilight. Sometimes as a parent it is hard to know what is age appropriate for your child. Through this blog, I will try to help parents make informed decisions about what is available in our library. I am hoping that this blog will be a resource for our parents, and that we can all work together to make our students life-long readers!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Open Road Summer

Open Road Summer
by Emery Lord
From the publisher:
"After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes."

I enjoyed this book, but I didn't love it as much as the author's other book, The Start of Me and You. I think it is because I never really liked the main character. Even though she improved throughout the book, and even though there were extenuating circumstances for her behaviors, I just never liked her. That always makes it hard for me to really love the book. However, I loved most of the secondary characters, and the plot itself was fun and interesting. 

Areas of concern:
*The main character was trying to become a better person and to improve her life, but there were many references to her past bad behaviors and she would still sneak out to smoke.
*There are multiple uses of all cussing words with the exception of the "f" word.
*The main character's best friend is a country/pop music star and she is caught up in an erroneous sex scandal. 
*Very little adult supervision of these teenagers. 

Suggested Ages:
Booklist - Grades 7-10
Publisher's Weekly - Ages 12+

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