Grade: 4 stars out of 5
The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball was adorable, adorable, adorable. It is a quintessential middle grade novel that deals with friends, nemeses, and cute boys that never really ventures down from the surface level. As a side plot Erin deals with her favorite aunt’s death and what she left behind: A group of friends that Erin is slightly afraid of and a disorientated sister who wants her sister’s ashes. But the most important of all is the pink crystal ball that may have the ability to alter the future.
Erin calls herself boring, but the magic ball will definitely spice up her life especially when she’s partnered with Jesse in her AP Art project. Erin is definitely the voice of reason in the story, but I feel like she’s trying to grasp those last few strings that tie her friends together by going along with their plan. As the reader we obviously know that nothing good will come out of the ball so all I think of when reading the novel was “NO!—no, don’t listen to them! No don’t ask for that!” Sadly Erin does and the story starts to spiral as nothing goes right. But like any fun, flirty book Erin manages to pull her life together piece by piece. She starts to loosen up from the structured life that she’s so used to. She listens to advice, takes it, molds it and takes action. The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball was a progression of a girl living her life to the fullest.
The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball was a well-paced, simple book that will take readers’ less than a day to finish. It’s such a sweet little book because of the romance with Jesse. It wasn’t the high level of adrenaline and OMG, he’s soooo hawt and we must kiss and we’re so perfect for each other *sparkle, sparkle, glitter, fireworks*. This was a much simpler, hand holding that makes the day with a chaste kiss.
Source: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: 1 September 2010; paperback