Friday 13 November 2009

Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joesph

From Goodreads: High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out - doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T - and to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest -- and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize - Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare...

MTV Books, £6.99

This was a good read. I really liked Tere – she’s the kind of character I could imagine myself being friends with in real life. I also identified with her – I was painfully shy when I was younger so I (unfortunately) recognized the fear she felt in certain situations! I liked the arc her character went through in the book to discover her ‘voice’ – it was this aspect that held my interest. The impact this had on her relationship with her mother was interesting to read as well.

There wasn’t as much romance in the book as I thought there was going to be – so I was a little disappointed in that respect - and I found the songwriting contest to be a bit unrealistic in contrast to the rest of the story – but I think it worked overall.

I really like how Danielle Joseph writes and I think she is definitely an author to watch. I will be keeping my eye out for her next novel.


Luisa at Chicklish said...

I think I'd really love this book. Great review - thank you very much!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great review! This sounds like such a cute read.


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