Product Details for Sass & Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler
Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (July 12, 2011)
Source: ARC provided by jenbigheart.blogspot.com
Description: (provided by Amazon.com)
For Daphne, the glass is always half full, a situation is better managed with a dab of lip gloss, and the boy of her dreams—the one she’s read about in all of her novels—is waiting for her just around the corner.
For Gabby, nothing ever works out positively; wearing any form of makeup is a waste of study time, and boys will only leave you heartbroken. Her best friend, Mule, is the only one who has been there for her every step of the way.
But when the richest boy in school befriends Gabby, and Daphne starts to hang out more and more with her best friend, Mule, Gabby is forced to confront the emotional barriers she has put up to stop the hurting. And for once, her sassiness may fall prey to her definition of stupidity.
I ended up really enjoying the story after kind of a difficult time getting into it. But, overall, it was a very real story. I thought that much of what the girls faced were very true-to-life situations that many kids could relate to. While I was reading it, I was reminded of how it was for me growing up in a single-parent home. My oldest sister was mostly the one in charge. The bossy one if you will, much like Gabby. I guess in many ways I was a bit like Daphne, so I had a few good chuckles throughout the book. I have taken the time to apologize for being such a nerd to my oldest sister. The older I got, the more I realized how difficult things must have been for her. All these years later, out of my three sisters, my oldest sister and I (I was 3 of 4) are the most close. I really liked how the characters, much like in real life, evolved over the course of the story. Really brought the story full-circle.
I really enjoy reading a book that I am able to get a good visual for. I found Sass & Serendipity very easy to visualize. The character descriptions, as well as setting, were well laid out. Although, I did find at times that some things were just a little too descriptive. Little things that didn’t “ruin” the story for me, but made some parts stretch out a bit unnecessarily. I enjoyed how the ending wasn’t exactly as I thought it would be but it was totally how I a teenager would behave.
Overall, I enjoyed Sass & Serendipity. It will be a great summer read so be sure to pre-order your copy now! It was a great introduction to Jennifer Ziegler‘s work and I look forward to reading her other two books, How Not To Be Popular and Alpha Dog.
I want to thank Jen of I Read Banned Books for including me in this ARC tour. It was my first (yay) so I am grateful for her taking the time to include my little ole blog and for being so patient with me!!