April 25, 2010

The Comeback by Marlene Perez

ComebackSophie Donnelly has it all: she's the most popular girl in the school, her boyfriend Connor is handsome and together they are one of the IT couples at Kennedy High; and she's certain she's going to get the lead role in the school's production of Taming the Shrew. But when Angie - the new girl - shows up, she steals everything right under Sophie's nose leaving her without a boyfriend, without popularity and with the role of Bianca (instead of the Katerina one).

In a mad dash to regain her popularity, Sophie does everything she can think of to get back on top, at the expense of her best friend Monet, often exasperating Monet's older brother Dev, and basically alienating everyone around her.

I have to say that with this book I was swayed by the pretty cover, and from the summary at the back of the book I thought it might have some potential but it just never happened. The book starts okay enough -short chapters are a plus! - but Sophie pretty soon starts to read very flat, she doesn't even get annoying, just flat.

Sophie is not a good girl, she's kind of bitchy but she's not an evil mastermind like Regina George@Mean Girls, she just comes off as shallow. Dev and Monet often act like they got perpetual PMS, Angie is a flat 'nemesis' and Connor seems plain dumb at times. And everything gets fixed magically by the end.

Not a book I would recommend.

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