Monday, 19 October 2009

Read My Lips by Teri Brown

From Amazon:
Popularity is as easy as a good secret.Serena just wants to fly under the radar at her new school. But Serena is deaf, and she can read lips really well-even across the busy cafeteria. So when the popular girls discover her talent, there's no turning back.From skater chick to cookie-cutter prep, Serena's identity has done a 180...almost. She still wants to date Miller, the school rebel, and she's not ready to trade her hoodies for pink tees just yet. But she is rising through the ranks in the school's most exclusive clique.With each new secret she uncovers, Serena feels pressure to find out more. Reading lips has always been her greatest talent, but now Serena just feels like a gigantic snoop...

This was a bit different than I was expecting but I really liked it. It really reminded me of 'How to be Popular' by Meg Cabot, as it is essentially about a teenage girl trying her best to fit in and have friends while still remaining true to herself. I really liked the fact that despite Serena’s ability to read lips at a distance, it’s still a story about a girl who happens to be deaf rather than a story about a deaf girl. I really connected to Serena, and although I felt she made a few poor choices at times, I still understood them. I also liked the 'kick-ass' attitude she had a times – I would have liked to see more of it. Miller was lovely and the two characters had some really sweet moments together . He also seemed to be Serena’s moral compass – Miller’s reaction when he found out what Serena had been up to felt realistic and made me like him even more.

There were no real surprises and I had a good idea of what was going to happen but that didn’t stop it from being fun to read. Overall, a cute, lighthearted read and I'll be on the lookout for more books by Teri Brown.

10 comments:

Chicklish said...

Great review! It sounds like my kind of book and I'll look out for it. Is it published in the UK?

Chicklish said...

I've just looked it up and seen it's a US book. Never mind - will still look out for it! Thanks! :)

I Want to Read That said...

It really should be published in the UK though - I've been wondering lately if I should indicate on the reviews whether the books are US published/UK published. What do you think?

Michelle said...

I agree with this review. :)

Becky said...

Interesting review Sammee. I read a really negative review of this recently so I guess it just comes down to taste. About the UK/US thing, if it isn't too much work then I would add where the book is available. But then where do you draw the line? Not all bloggers are in the UK or US. I assumed one of of my commenters was in the US and it turned out that she was in the Philippines. Hmmm...conundrum!

Patty said...

It's a very common story but the fact that she's deaf makes it much more unique. Good review! If I see this at my bookstore I'll think about buying it.

Chicklish said...

Well, even if bloggers aren't based in the US or UK, they'll know whether they're likely to be able to buy US or UK books in their local shops, I suppose? But it's easy enough to find the information online, so maybe it's really nothing to worry about! It took me a few seconds to find it out today - I should have looked it up before I asked you instead of being lazy!

Hmm. I think I sometimes worry about younger readers who don't have ready access to Amazon accounts and rely on their local bookshops and libraries.

Chicklish said...

Anyway, sorry to go on about that! I really want to read this book. :)

Justine said...

Totally going on my TBR pile :) I like the plot of this. Thanks for your review!

The Book Owl said...

Good review. I might have to check this out. :)

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