Thursday, January 22, 2009


Poised at the Edge Book Review
Jody Gehram

Geena can't wait for summer vacation. She'll be spending her days sweltering in a drive-through coffee shop, The Triple Shot Betty. So why the excitement? She'll be working with her two favorite people, her best friend Amber, and her cousin Hero. What could be better?
But the first meeting between the privileged and austere Hero, and in your face, wild child Amber, does not go well. Geena begins to have doubts about how great summer at the Betty is really going to be. Her two favorite people cannot stand each other. The situation is further complicated by the presence of boys. Amber loves John, the boy who every boy wants to be, and every girl wants to be with. But he's already used Amber, and cast her aside. Now he has his eyes on the untouchable Hero. Hero is infatuated with Claudio. She just doesn't fall for John's universal (yet despicable) charms.
Meanwhile, skater-girl, Geena, likes to keep boys at a distance. Especially after her dad trades her mother in for a decade younger trashy bimbo. But amazingly enough, Hero and Amber end up calling a truce over trying to set Geena up with her academic rival, Ben. Things become a romantic comedy of Shakespearean proportions. But then John does something seriously evil, causing all three of the Betty girls (and several other girls in their sleepy-Sonoma town) to bond together and enact a perfect revenge!
Bravo for this witty, energetic, feminist classic in the making! This is fun, infectious read, that's great for the beach! I just loved this book!

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