Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5
Summary:“High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out -- doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T -- and to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest -- and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize -- Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare...”
Review: Another MTV book. Another amazing read. What I figure out why I happened to love MTV’s books were the fact that they tell a story that almost everyone—girl, boy, teen, or adult—can relate to. Teresa Adams is a shy girl when you first meet her but later blossoms into someone who takes action and can speak her mind. I can definitely, 100 percent, relate to this! I know some of you may be laughing at this but this is quite true.
As many of you may have figured this out but English is my second language. I grew up speaking a Chinese dialect that impaired my speech when I learned English at an early age (stupid tones!). Later in the years, my accent completely disappeared but my speech still has some issues. To be frank, I stuttered. My parents would always yell and scold at me, telling me to stop it. I was embarrassed of myself. In school, at home, even with my closet friends, I try to say as little as possible to prevent this issue of mine when I was younger. Nowadays my stuttering has almost fully disappeared (like around 98%) but it tends to pop up if I am too excited or nervous. (This is why I am always so stressed about oral presentations Laura). Conveying my thoughts through words I can deal with, with a simple click I can erase my errors. Vlogging, however, is something that terrifies me.
So not only is Shrinking Violet a cute and fun read, but it is something that I can connect with on a whole new level. Granted it was predictable (I figured out almost everything from the beginning) but reading it unfold is heart-pounding. So what if you know who’s who, it is the person executes the sequences that make the scenes stand out. Danielle still delivered for me.
I loved the premise of the book because I, too, am a huge of music. I am always scurrying around trying to find some unseen artists because they tend to hold the true beauty. After every chapter there are parts where Sweet T comes to the surface and talks as if on the radio. At first it was a bit disjointed but later on I felt it fell into place. It showcased a bit more of Tere’s sassier side, her more outspoken side.
The tone was smooth and soothing, heck I almost took a nap when I first read it! And that is not a bad thing (ask Sharon or Laura as to why napping is not my favorite thing to do in the world)! The writing style was simplistic but still carried a deeper undertone once you finished reading. You know what they say—simplicity is key. Just write what is needed and the rest will fall in place.
Overall: I need to get a finished copy of this book (read an ARC). Danielle Joseph delivered a wonderful debut book that I have no doubt that she will get far in this business.
Stupid MTV ARCs with their lime green covers