Thursday, July 26, 2012

32 Candles by Ernessa Carter

John Hughes's "Sixteen Candles" grows up in this wry and satisfying romantic tale in which an ugly ducking becomes the swan she always dreamed of and gets the prince--but will she be able to keep him?
Initial Thoughts:
I am a lover of all things John Hughes, so this book was a must read for me.

The Pros:
I absolutely adored the style of writing in this book. It was funny and intelligent. There were many laugh out loud moments, yet moments that left me teary eyed.

Davie works HARD to get away from her past. But then her past shows up knocking on her front door. You have to admire the girl's work ethic.

The way Davie idolized John Hughes' movies reminds me of myself when I was little. I wanted to be the girl who drives away in Jake's red Porche.

The way that Davie suffers silently through being bullied in high school is heartbreaking, but she never retaliates. All the horrible things that happened to her were bricks in the road to her self discovery.

The Cons:
What she did was not cool. Not going to lie. It bordered a bit on psychotic, but after the things she went through, I don't know that it was completely out of line.

An epilogue would have been nice. I want to know what happened!

Finding out who Davie's father is was a shock to the system.

The Wrap Up: 4.5/5
This is one phenomenal book. Smart, funny, and tugging at your heartstrings, thrown in a bowl and mixed with 80's nostalgia. 

Favorite Quote:
"I will never let a man hand me an Invitation to Crazy."

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1 comment:

  1. I loved this one too! Have you read "I'm Down"? I can't remember off hand who wrote it, but it's a memoir about a white girl who grew up with a father who thought he was black (he wasn't) and so she never totally fit in because obviously she was white. It was kind of hilarious.