Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Book Review: Swoon at Your Own Risk by Sydney Salter

Swoon at Your Own Risk CoverFun, breezy, chick lit novel

Swoon at Your Own Risk by Sydney Salter
Reading Level:
Young Adult
Release Date: April 5, 2010
Publisher: Graphia
Pages: 360
Source: Amazon Vine
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

After five failed romances in the past year, Polly Martin has sworn off boys, but it's a difficult vow to keep. She runs into ex boyfriends everywhere she goes and, on some level, she's still attracted to every one of them. Worse, she also seems to constantly encounter Xander Cooper, a skateboarder she's known for years who's suddenly gotten uncomfortably good looking. He spends a lot of time at Wild Waves, a Western-themed water park where she's working for the summer. As if life weren't complicated enough with her boy problems, Polly has to move into her little sister's room so her grandmother can stay in hers when she comes for a long visit. Normally, Polly would be delighted to see Grandma, who writes an advice column for the lovelorn called Miss Swoon--Polly could certainly use some guidance. But Grandma has suddenly gone man-crazy, and is doing anything but following her own sound advice.

This book is enjoyable chick lit that is often very funny. Polly's wry observations about her job, her ex boyfriends, her family, and life in general are a hoot but, at the same time, the book conveys an important, underlying message. Polly has spent her teen years twisting herself into a pretzel to go along with whatever passions her boyfriend of the moment is pursuing. Over the course of the book, she begins to learn who she is as a person and what she truly wants, outside of the needs and desires of some guy who treats her like a convenient toady to his goals.

Heroine: 5

Subcharacters: 4

Writing: 4

Chick-Lit Plot: 4

Romantic Subplot: 4


Overall: 4


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