Wednesday, 28 July 2010

What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook

From Goodreads: While juggling friendship issues (her best friend isn't speaking to her), a love triangle-turned-square (okay, maybe she shouldn't have kissed her best friend's boyfriend...but it was totally an accident!...sort of), and escalating mayhem in her small religious town (uh-oh...what would Jesus do?), Emma realizes she has to stop trying to please everyone around her and figure out what she wants for herself. It's time to start asking, "What would Emma do?"

I loved this! Emma is such a great character and she completely pulled me into her story. She has the kind of 'attitude' I love - lots of sass and she certainly says what she thinks.

This is definitely a character driven novel. It's mostly about Emma and her desire to leave the small town in which she lives. When she witnesses the truth behind an event she has to decide whether to tell what she knows when doing so will cost her what she thinks she wants the most. We get to see the town unravel around Emma as she questions what she should do. I found it all very interesting. It was scary to see a town so wrapped up in what they thought was 'right' and the lengths they were willing to go to protect that.

Seeing all of this through Emma's eyes also made it great fun. There is a locker scene that had me laughing out loud! I just adored her character and her voice. She comes across as witty, intelligent and willful but still vulnerable enough to keep her relateable. I also liked the other characters - Joann, Colin and Todd. Especially Todd. Colin did start to annoy me slightly but I still liked him.

I didn't have a clue what was going to happen in this - many things happened that took me by surprise - and the things I thought would happen didn't. My only quibble is that the ending left me wanting more - it was as if we just had access to the characters for a little while - I wanted to know what happened next! I do hope a sequel is being considered.

I can't wait to read more of Eileen Cook's work and I highly recommend this one.

6 comments:

Michelle said...

I really like Eileen Cook. I thought this book was just okay but I loved Getting Revenge On Lauren Wood. :)

Chapter Chicks said...

This looks good. Character driven books are the best ones, because we all like relating to the hero/heroine of the books.

The Sweet Bonjour said...

Sounds really cute :) Great review!

prophecygirl said...

I've had this for ages and haven't read it yet. Thanks to your review I might just dig it out :)

Becky said...

Ooh, this one sounds fun! I love that you didn't know how it was going to end. I haven't had that much lately and so I will definitely keep this one in mind.

TheBookMogul said...

I like the look of this one, glad you enjoyed it :)

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