Saturday, June 07, 2008

Book Review: Love (and other uses for duct tape) by Carrie Jones

48-hour Challenge Book 1
Started: Saturday, 7:20 am
Finished: Saturday, 12:30 pm

Book: Love (and other uses for duct tape)
Author: Carrie Jones
Published: 2008

Spring of senior year is not easy on Belle. While she's looking forward to the end of high school, she's not looking forward to all the changes. Still, she thinks she has a handle on her life, at last, even if her boyfriend won't have sex with her. Then Belle's best friend Em comes to her with earth-shattering news.

Things are changing fast. Will Belle know what to hold on to and what to let go?

I really liked that Belle wants to have sex, and her desire is presented as a part of life and love, rather than as some indicator of low self-esteem or emotional problems. Neither is Em's pregnancy held up as a cautionary tale: "Ooo, look what happens to dirty girls!" It's a consequence, but it somehow doesn't feel like a punishment.

However, I did feel like this book ended too fast. I would have liked to know what happened with Tom and Belle, and Shawn and Em, who were left in between moments. Still, it's a thoughtful book about relationships, changes, and dealing with both. Although it can be read by someone who hasn't read the first one, try out the prequel anyway, Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend.

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