Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Little Miss Red
Author: Robin Palmer
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and up
Year/Setting: Present Day/L.A. & Florida
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Robin's Website/Blog: www.robinpalmeronline.com
This is one of those stories that’s, quite simply, fun to read!
Sophie Rebecca Greene is a great teenager (I know, that’s hard to believe.) She loves her Mom, her best friends, and doesn’t do anything bad whatsoever. In fact, whether it’s because her mom, a psychiatrist, is so strait-laced – or just that Sophie likes things a certain way – her life is completely structured. She doesn’t ever go "wild" or take a "chance and act crazy." Heck, she never even eats dessert before her meal. The one thing she does have is a total and complete crush on a man named Dante. Dante is the true love of Devon Devoreaux who is a character in a series of books. These books about Devon and Dante are written by Jordan’s mom, Lulu; Jordan is one of Sophie’s absolute best friends and always likes to remind her that Devon and Dante aren’t real!
But…Sophie has the urge to stand out. She’s tired of always being in the "middle" when it comes to life and the social world of high school. She and her friends aren’t part of the popular clique, but they’re not unpopular either – just middle of the road – and she’s sick of it. Sophie always wonders what Devon would do to make herself shine just a little bit more. (The first thing she does to change her image is buy a huge red cowboy hat and oversized sunglasses.)
The prettiest girl in school is Juliet. Now, Juliet isn’t like your regular popular girls. She is strikingly beautiful and all the boys want to date her, but she really only hangs out with one student – who can barely speak English, leading Sophie to believe that Juliet has secrets that she can’t reveal.
Last but not least, Michael is Sophie’s boyfriend. They’ve been together three years and he’s…nice. Translation? He’s boring. He calls every night at precisely nine p.m.; he watches T.V. constantly; he seems to only come to see her if Sophie mentions food…not exactly the romance that Sophie is looking for. What she wants more than anything is the precious Dante to jump off the book covers and become real.
One day, her mother tells her that for spring break she’s going to head down to Florida and spend time with her Grandma Roz. Sophie is almost sick. She wants to go with her friends and have a real spring break with lots of fun, but…no luck. Her boyfriend was going to go with her to see his own grandma, but right before they’re scheduled to leave he gets the chicken pox AND has the nerve to tell Sophie that he wants to put their relationship on "pause" for a while.
Sophie is so angry at him she can’t stand it; SHE was the one who was supposed to break up with him, not the other way around. Of course, when a young man named Jack Andrews steps onto the plane bound for Florida and sits down beside her, Sophie’s anger quickly turns to hope. This guy could be Dante’s twin – and as she begins to talk to him, Sophie can feel her whole world opening up, knowing that her dreams have come true and she’s finally met the love of her life.
This story is a definite lesson about being careful what you wish for. With Jack, Michael…even Juliet, Sophie learns a number of things; the biggest being you can’t ever judge a book by its cover. What you think is true about someone is only on the surface, and you have to really dig deep to understand someone’s soul.
A fun, wonderful read. And, I’ll tell you now, every reader will absolutely LOVE Sophie’s Grandma Roz and her boyfriend. When they entered the story I couldn’t stop laughing. Go out and buy this one, and have a ball.
Until next time,
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