Wednesday, February 16, 2011

YA Lit Week Four: What Would Emma Do? - Eileen Cook - 2008

Read for YA Lit week four.

Course Theme for the Week: Integrity: Making Moral Choices (2-16-2011)
Title: What Would Emma Do?
Author: Eileen Cook
Year: 2008
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Read: 2-14-2011 (reread)
Overall: * * * * (4/5)

GoodReads Blurb: Thou Shalt Not Kiss Thy Best Friend’s Boyfriend...again...

There is no greater sin than kissing your best friend’s boyfriend. So when Emma breaks that golden rule, she knows she’s messed up big-time...especially since she lives in the smallest town ever, where everyone knows everything about everyone else...and especially since she maybe kinda wants to do it again. Now her best friend isn’t speaking to her, her best guy friend is making things totally weird, and Emma is running full speed toward certain social disaster. This is so not the way senior year was supposed to go.

Time to pray for a minor miracle. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s time for Emma to stop trying to please everyone around her, and figure out what she wants for herself.

My Review: When I first read this book, I did so because the blurb sounded similar to The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott and I was curious if it really was similar. It ended up being very different, and actually very different from a lot of YA books that I've read. I liked that Cook wasn't afraid to include religion in this novel. Even though I am not religious like Emma or the people in her town, it didn't take away from the story and I actually really enjoyed her thoughts about God at the beginning of each chapter.

I really liked that Emma was there to stick up for her friend at the end of the story and that she broke her silence about the truth. Even though Joann hadn't been much of a friend to her lately, Emma knew that speaking up would save Joann from being blamed like Darci intended to. I think it's really important for adolescents to learn that sticking up for friends and being honest will always be the best option out there. The easiest way to learn how to be a good person is to start by being a good friend.

To Purchase: Amazon

Other Books By This Author: Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood (2010), The Education of Hailey Kendrick (2011) (my review here), Unpredictable (2008)

Currently Reading: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Books Read in 2011: 21

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