Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis (September 1st 2009—Harper Teen)
Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5
Summary: “Shelby’s summer plans go totally awry when her horrible stepmother sends her off to “brat camp” as punishment for one too many broken curfews. Camp is full of spoiled rich kids, obnoxious counselors wanting Shelby to talk about her feelings, and a totally inhumane “no cell phones” policy.
Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. Shelby knows that bad boys get her into trouble…but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good-looking one?”
Review: I was never one to get into the werewolf lusting craze for good reasons. One, they are freakishly hairy. Two, hello? Dog breath. C, they have no manners. Um, ripping your clothes off like the hulk does not make up more attractive. But of course a TEEN werewolf is another story, one titled Never Cry Werewolf.
Shelby has this evil stepmother demanding that Shelby be sent off to brat camp—hoping to cure her of her boy troubles. Well the jokes on the stepmom because Houston, we have a problem. Thy name is Austin. Rock star’s kid, British (oh la la), and owns a leather jacket. It’s all static between the two as things sizzle. But oh course expect the unexpected, Austin’s a werewolf.
Never Cry Werewolf is not one that makes the reader think very hard. It’s a simple read, read, read, don’t think type of book. You won’t get much from it and I don’t think it expects you to. A short and sweet book.
The characters were floating through the surface of the water. You just can’t dig deep enough of them. The plotline was a bit shaky as I had issue trying to follow along. But I did figure out one thing. I may dislike summer camp books but I kind of have a thing for brat camp books.
Overall: It’s best not to compare this to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye but rather a typically teen novel with its cute plot.