Girlfriend Material by Melissa Kantor (May 5th 2009—Hyperion)
Grade: 3 stars out of 5
Summary: “If Kate were Lady Brett Ashley, the devastating heroine of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, she'd spend her summers careering around the Riviera in her coupe, breaking hearts by the dozen--because why not? In reality, Kate's never even had a boyfriend, and she'll be spending the summer abetting her mom's lame ploy to make her dad jealous: running off to Cape Cod and crashing at the seaside home of her wealthy friends, the Cooper-Melnicks. To add to the shame, the Cooper-Melnicks' gorgeous daughter Sarah is a bit like Lady Brett, and she seems less than thrilled to hang out with her new houseguest. Any dreams Kate once had of a perfect summer are ruined.
That is, until Sarah's cute, witty friend Adam starts drawing Kate into the fold--and seems intrigued. With Adam around, Kate feels like she just might have a bit of heartbreaker potential after all. But when a breezy summer romance quickly grows more complicated can Kate keep pretending her relationship with Adam is just a carefree fling? Or will she take the risk and tell him her real feelings? Suddenly Kate is asking herself a question she never thought she'd stoop to: Is she girlfriend material?”
Review: Girlfriend Material was decent. There was nothing extremely outstanding of this novel but it shows promise.
First off I really like the relationships in the background. Kate’s mom is growing through a failed marriage and it plays really well with the emotions. The connection between the two mothers is remarkable and I too wish that one day I will have an everlasting friendship as such. Through Kate’s mother, we see the family’s rocky finish with the father. His detached demeanor but his closeness he still has with his wife when it comes to their children. We also see Kate’s sister and Kate’s jealousy with the close relationship she has with their mother. But aside from those background relationships, the foreground one leaves more to be desired.
Adam’s and Kate’s relationship started off fine. We had the part where they grew closer to each other, where they interact, where they find an inner zen with the other. But then it kind of went downhill very fast. Things picked up speed at an alarming rate that left me befuddled. There was a slight issue with their love. What it was, I will not say. But honestly though Kate was all too forgiving and the ending was far too quick. Things should have been stretch a bit more to pull more of the emotions out, if nothing else, do not force anything to happen when they are supposed to.
This book was mainly about relationships (you can kind of get that since I said that word about 50 million times already) so there was nothing else to say. It would have been much better if the ending was played out more, but nonetheless, fine.
Overall: Quick, really quick. Blink once and you are finish. Blink twice and you wonder what happened. Blink thrice, you crack a smile.
Cute but the models/characters seem a bit older than teens. A bit more mature than what I would have imagined.
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