Thursday, November 11, 2010

Review: The Book of Luke

Book: The Book of Luke by Jenny O'Connell
Pages: 304 Pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: April 3, 2007
Source: Bought
Grade: 4.5 Stars
Emily Abbott has always been considered the Girl Most Likely to Be Nice -- but lately being nice hasn't done her any good. Her parents have decided to move the family from Chicago back to their hometown of Boston in the middle of Emily's senior year. Only Emily's first real boyfriend, Sean, is in Chicago, and so is her shot at class valedictorian and early admission to the Ivy League. What's a nice girl to do?
Then Sean dumps Emily on moving day and her father announces he's staying behind in Chicago "to tie up loose ends," and Emily decides that what a nice girl needs to do is to stop being nice.
She reconnects with her best friends in Boston, Josie and Lucy, only to discover that they too have been on the receiving end of some glaring Guy Don'ts. So when the girls have to come up with something to put in the senior class time capsule, they know exactly what to do. They'll create a not-so-nice reference guide for future generations of guys -- an instruction book that teaches them the right way to treat girls.
But when her friends draft Emily to test out their tips on Luke Preston -- the hottest, most popular guy in school, who just broke up with Josie by email -- Emily soon finds that Luke is the trickiest of test subjects . . . and that even a nice girl like Emily has a few things to learn about love.
My Thoughts:
Okay, I officially love MTV books! The Book of Luke was that good. You should seriously go get this book right now, that’s how much I loved it.

Emily was a great character and I loved how she took charge in the story. She knew what she wanted to shape a boy into and she did…well, sorta. Emily and Luke’s relationship was brilliantly written. I liked how it actually showed how they progressed into it instead of “oh my god I’m in love with you” right from the beginning type of thing.

The story line is awesome too. The main idea is Emily and Luke’s relationship, but adding the book of Luke into the mix makes it all that more entertaining. I like how in the beginning of each chapter, there’s a “Guy’s Guide Tip” that you can read. I thought they were all funny and thoughtful.

Something I didn’t like was that Emily’s old friends from Chicago were forgotten. It was like one minute, she was talking to them on the phone, and then the next they disappeared entirely. I also wanted to see more of her dad in the book.

The Book of Luke is definitely a fun read for both boys and girls. I enjoyed the hilarity and romance in this novel and I hope to see some more Jenny O’Connell books in the future.
Grade:4.5 Stars

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