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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    Young Love

    Kate Monrovi's family owns a chain of hotels, so this young lady drives a Lexus and she can afford a $500 pair of shoes. Caleb Kalani and his father don't have much as far as material things but they are hard workers with integrity. Kate is white, Caleb is Hawaiian. A relationship between these two young people begins with a dare but some family members don't want them to be together. It isn't a racial issue - not totally. Their families have been against each other for more than fifty years for another reason. Caleb knows the story, Kate doesn't have a clue. I liked Kate. Her family had money but she was down-to-earth... If more of the wealthy in the world helped the poor, we'd have less of a divide between us - I liked that she felt that way. I really liked Caleb. He was easy-going - meek, not weak; he had no problem speaking his mind. These two made lots of preconceived notions about each other for a while there but they weren't as judgmental as Kate's friend, Monica or Caleb's cousin, Finn. Caleb and Kate fought temptation when it came to having sex, but I got the impression that Kate would have lost her virginity in a heartbeat if Caleb wasn't strong in his convictions. It's always nice to read a story where a teenage guy is willing to wait. It also would have been nice, though, if there would have been more showing and less telling with this part of the story. Monica and Oliver (Kate's two best friends): What I liked most about them is that they didn't give Kate a hard time because she was a Christian. They respected her choice. Maybe that was easy for them to do because they didn't feel judged by her. Kate was like Christ in this area; she accepted her friends just the way they were. I hope she included them in her prayer time, though, because they did have issues. But then again, it seemed Kate needed a spiritual revival (Page 132). The fight between Caleb and Kate's families: It seemed to me Kate's family was in the wrong, so, even though Caleb's grandfather did have his ways, I don't see why he was the bad guy. No, it isn't good to hold grudges, but I understood why he was upset. This was a good story. Caleb & Kate is very well-written and honest.

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

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    Cute romance.

    I enjoyed the romance that blossomed between Caleb and Kate. I thought it was young love at its best but what I didn't truly get was the whole feud. I guess I didn't buy it all that much. The way that Kate's Dad flew off the handle and lashed out at Caleb at the dinner table kind of threw me off, Caleb's grandfather and his Hawaiian pride seemed off to me but outside of the whole feud thing- I enjoyed the book.

    I thought that both Kate and Caleb were great characters with flaws that made them likeable. I loved that Caleb was going to fight for Kate's honor and I love that Kate was so head over heels in love with Caleb. I loved how pure their love was too. You could tell that they meant the world to each other but Caleb held true to his beliefs and I respected him for that. I adored Caleb and loved that he was Polynesian. It was good to see some Poly's get some good page time without being either dumb, a bouncer or someone scary.

    The one thing that I flat out could not stand was Kate's reaction to Caleb leaving. I thought she blew that crap right up and made a big deal out of something that Caleb couldn't control anyway. I couldn't believe that she would make him choose between her and his family. It dampened my enjoyment of her character and though things ended okay, I still resented her a bit.

    All in all, I was glad that I read this book and I'm already looking for other books by this author. This book was a solid spin on the Romeo and Juliet story and it was an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. I would recommend this one to lovers of romance in their story. There's a happy ending and that makes me a happy camper.

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