Saturday, January 2, 2010

Review: The Trouble with Liberty - Kristin Butcher

Where I got it: Inter-library Loan
Rating: 3 stars
Cover Rating: 2 stars (It's creepy.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: March 1, 2003
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Page Count: 88 p.

Val McQueen meets a girl named Liberty Hayes at a rodeo. They become the best of friends and Liberty even ends up dating Cody, Val's brother. When school starts up and Val tries to introduce her old friend Ryan to Liberty both of them act quite standoffish. A few days later Liberty stays after in band to get an instrument fixed. She ends up accusing their teacher of trying to rape her. Val has to decide whose side she's on when Ryan tells her something startling about Liberty. Did Liberty make it all up to win her fathers affection? Is Liberty even who she says she is?

This was a very quick read, with necessarily developed characters. I'm sure we all know people like Liberty who just want to make sure they are the center of whatever universe they inhabit. I recommend picking this up if your library has it. It may not be quite good enough to buy however, especially since it's so short. It was a good read, with good writing and a good quick storyline. That's all I have to say on the matter.

First Line:
"Forget the grizzly bear."

Favorite Line:
"But - except for some strategically placed embroidered flowers - it was totally sheer."


  1. Oy! This character sounds personality disordered. :-) I appreciate your honest review. There are plenty of books that are worth reading but not necessarily ones you want to invest in and put on your shelves.

  2. In defense of the shortness of the novel, all I can say is that it is part of a book series (Soundings by Orca) aimed at teens who don't like to read and therefore short is part of the method to draw them to books. Thanks for the review. -- Kristin Butcher (the author)


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