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Posted November 5, 2009
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com
Sarah Martin has lived in the shadow of a demanding father, two older brothers, and a beautiful, talented, and self-assured best friend. She's always been strong-willed and determined, but never the most feminine of girls.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
During her freshman year at university, when her roommate is having too much fun at a party to head back with Sarah, a mutual friend, Matt, offers to walk her home. Matt is her best friend's boyfriend's best friend. Surprisingly, both Sarah and Matt have more fun after the party battling each other at video games and then watching a gory horror movie together in her dorm room. Nothing happens romantically, but they both realize that they had a really great time together.
As time goes on, Sarah and Matt spend more time together, much to the surprise of all their friends back home. They seem like the most unlikely pair. Matt's been known for his womanizing ways, and Sarah is definitely not the type of girl he'd normally date. But Matt's roommate, Mike, sees in Sarah the girl that Matt needs.
Matt, on the other hand, has been running from his past. His mother up and left him, his brother, and his dad when he was a teenager. He's always been hesitant to trust females after that. But Sarah gets to him and he knows he can't live without her. It's Mike who convinces him to make his intentions honest.
SARAH is the story of both Sarah and Matt learning to trust and love each other as they make their way through their college years. Matt has the dream of becoming a professional football player and Sarah stands by and encourages him every step of the way. There are trying times in the story, times of deep love and sharing, and many learning periods.
Sarah and Matt are far from perfect, but the combination of the two prove that love can conquer all.
Posted March 23, 2009
The Joys And Pains Of Post-Adolescence
Sarah has many positive traits in her favor; unfortunately, she's among the last to acknowledge them...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A promising student at Georgia Tech University, Sarah has struggled under the weight of lofty expectations for most of her young life. As a result of her father's significant business achievements, her family enjoys prominent social status and renown - which, naturally, leads Sarah to be held to a higher standard of success than most. In addition, Sarah's "Plain Jane" appearance places her in direct contrast with her more physically appealing peers - so, of course, attracting the attention of her male counterparts remains a considerable challenge.
In light of these factors, Sarah can't help feeling skeptical when her friendship with Matt, a handsome football player with serious NFL potential, blossoms into a burgeoning romance. Despite the fact that Matt displays a genuine interest in her, Sarah struggles to reconcile her deep affection for him with the perception that she comes nowhere close to being the kind of girl he'd normally go for. Ultimately, she must figure out a way to shake her lingering insecurities; if not, she runs the risk of losing the best thing she's ever had...
In Book II of the five-part The Circle Of Friends series, author L. Diane Wolfe presents a realistic tale of the complex world of teenage angst. The issues with which both Sarah and Matt contend are drawn straight from the pages of the book of everyday life, and their interactions with their families, their colleagues, and each other would make for compelling viewing on their own reality series. As such, Wolfe ensures that readers - particularly those of the modern MTV generation - will be vicariously engaged in Sarah and Matt's transition from adolescence to adulthood. However trivial their problems may seem to others, the young lovers nonetheless struggle with daunting internal and external forces as they seek to define themselves and establish their individual and collective identities. To her credit, Wolfe doesn't sugarcoat the process in overly sanguine fashion, but rather places the roadblocks on the road to maturity on full, uninhibited display. In so doing, she infuses her tale with sage insight and sound credibility.
An enjoyable, well-crafted read, The Circle Of Friends, Book II will enlighten many a reader to the joys and pains of contemporary youth. A recommended, rewarding literary treat.