Monday, October 19, 2009

Review: Say the Word by: Jeannie Garsee

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 4 stars
Cover Rating: 2 stars (meh.)
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: March 17, 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

Shawna tries to always be "Perfect Shawna" not "Evil Shawna" or "Pathetic Shawna". It doesn't always work out that way. When Shawna's mother leaves her without a goodbye to be with her lesbian lover Fran, Shawna feels totally abandoned. Years later Fran gives her a call saying to come quickly because her mother's in the hospital and probably won't make it much longer. After her father catches wind of what is going on he intervenes, and between her mother's outdated will and her father's controlling decisions, every one's lives are being thrown out of control. Will "Perfect Shawna" prevail or will "Evil Shawna" need to make an appearance in order to straighten things out and make things right?

I enjoyed this book. I wish Shawna was never "Pathetic Shawna", but that's kind of how she seems throughout this book. She just seems very whiny and self centered. Even near the end when it seems like she's being selfless and still all seems to be about her. The characters were very well developed and they seemed real. I really enjoyed watching the relationships change and grow throughout this novel, it was stunningly realistic. This wasn't necessarily a GBLT book although it was mentioned throughout with many different characters being gay. This was a really great book though and I don't know what else to say that wouldn't spoil some of the surprises. It was a really great novel with growing characters that grow on you.

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