Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Teen review: Romance

The Darlings in Love
by Melissa Kantor
311 pages
Teen romance
The first book is The Darlings Are Forever,
but I don't think it has to be read first.
Reading level: Grades 6-12

Reviewed by Kayla, grade 10

Three best friends are happy and in love. Victoria, Natalya, and Jane, better known as "The Darlings," as they were nicknamed by Jane's Nana, have known each other for a long time. They all have men they are pursuing. Victoria has long-time boyfriend, Jack, who seems very in love with her--keyword being "seems."  Natalya has Colin, the boy she blew off a year ago in order to be friends with his super-popular sister, but she's falling for him yet again, which could be a problem. Jane, who seems to be unlucky in love, has found Simon, the most perfect boyfriend ever, but he seems to be sending mixed signals. Things seem too good to be true...are they?

This book started out pretty slow, to be honest, but then it picked up speed. I really liked the characters and felt like I was a part of their group, having all of these problems along with them. I liked how they stuck with each other through thick and thin. Even though Jane's grandmother isn't really present during this story, she also made the story come together, and I wished that she was a real person so that I could meet her.

I would give this book a rating of 4.

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