Monday, April 6, 2015
Book Review: "Magnolia" by Kristi Cook
I had a little trouble with this story at the beginning as Jemma came off as kind of an over dramatic diva at first. It didn't take long to fall into place as an adorable warm and fuzzy kind of story though. I loved the reverse Romeo and Juliet aspect of it too... very cute take on the classic tragedy. I really loved reading something set in the south. I'm not sure how realistic it really is, but I really enjoyed imagining it - it sort of reminded me of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in a way. I also liked the secondary story line involving Jemma's college plans and her trying to break out of her parent's idea of what her life should look like and instead follow her own dream. It is pretty empowering, and I liked that she found support in places she didn't expect. I will say that the cover doesn't really make much sense to me though. The girl looks all snooty and the boy looks clueless - not at all like the characters in the book.
This is a fun and easy light read, perfect for those teen readers who love romance with a little charm.
by Kristi Cook
Simon & Schuster, 2014
Source: Purchased New