Source: Review copy received from Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc.
Major oops. When Casey Cartwright's brother begs her to be nerdy Dale Kettlewell's date to the sure-to-be-boring Honors Engineering Awards, Casey says yes. Even though Dale is totally not her type… and might have a crush on her. Ugh. But it's a nice thing to do, and Casey's always been the "nice" girl.
But now, that night conflicts with the biggest event of the semester, the All-Greek formal. Casey already has a date lined up: hot transfer student Rob Howell. He's her plan to get over her sexy-slacker ex, Cappie. And even nice girls get to be bad sometimes, right?
What to do? With a little help from BFF Ashleigh, unwanted advice from frenemy Rebecca Logan and even a push from Cappie, what Casey does may surprise even herself….(book blurb)
In the interests of full disclosure, I was never in a sorority, and didn't have much exposure to the Greek way of life. All I knew about Greeks, I learned from the movie Animal House. ;) To be perfectly honest, my friends and I used to mock them, especially during hazing when the poor pledges had to dress up in embarrassing outfits and perform degrading chores. I never understood why anyone would want to do that, but some people don't understand my excitement about book conventions, so guess it's a matter of different strokes for different folks.
When I first received this review offer, I was going to turn it down. A book about college sorority girls? Thanks, but no thanks. Then I felt guilty for stereotyping the genre and took a closer look. This book is based on a hit television show, and apparently has a huge fan base. That got my attention, even though I've never heard of the show. And the synopsis sounded promising, so decided to take a chance and try something new.
This book was a fast, fun read! The main character, Casey, seems a little over-earnest, but overall is a nice girl who tries to do the right thing. I liked her brother Rusty, her ex-boyfriend Cappie, and mercy date Dale. Think they had the most interesting personalities, and I enjoyed their scenes the most. I kept getting Frannie and Rebecca mixed up, and Casey's BFF Ashleigh was a little too perky for my tastes. Evan, Calvin, Fisher, and the other characters didn't leave much of an impression, but that may have been because there were so many people to keep track of. Oh, I did like Rusty's girlfriend, and wanted to know more about why she would want to be in a sorority, when it sounded like she was the anti-Greek. Nice twist for a pledge!
Overall, this was a good book. I didn't love it, but it wasn't bad. It's a Young Adult title, but seemed geared for the pre-teen crowd instead of the Harry Potter crowd. Does that make sense? The writing was a little juvenile, while HP read like an adult book. Might be because of the TV tie-in or something, but that didn't distract from the storyline.
Gave this book a 3/5 because while it wasn't bad, I didn't love it. I want to stress that a 3/5 is not a bad rating, and still means I liked it. This is outside my usual genre, so you may well love it! It was a cute book, the TV show it's based on is a huge hit, and there are a ton of fan sites out there. Not sure why I"ve never heard of it before, but now I have. :)
I'd like to make this book available to someone else to read and enjoy, especially if it's outside your usual genre. Or maybe you know someone who's a fan of the show, but hasn't read the books yet?
Will keep this simple; just leave your email address in the comments in order to win. One extra entry if you tweet about the contest, but be sure to leave a link to verify the tweet. If you're under 13 years old, please get your parent's permission to enter.
Open to US and Canada only please, as I'm paying for shipping.
How about a quick contest, ending on Friday, Sept 3rd. I may extend the deadline if there aren't enough entries, but hope I don't have to.