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The Practice Date - A Novelette (Young Adult Romance)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    Wholesome YA Romance. THE PRACTICE DATE by Victorine E. Lieske

    Wholesome YA Romance.

    THE PRACTICE DATE by Victorine E. Lieske is true to it's classification-- a Young Adult Romance in many ways:
    ~ High school age characters
    ~ Sensuality level (wholesome) is appropriate for youthful readers
    ~ Language (wholesome) is appropriate for youthful readers
    ~ Concerns and thought processes are very much in harmony with the age of the characters

    This novelette was a quick read with nice development through a single point of view (the heroine--Jane). Her confusion over her friend (our hero, Lance)'s behavior, motivation rings true to her maturity level/ age/ amount of information available to her. It was enjoyable watching the plot unfold through Jane's eyes. Jane's behavior is well motivated....and while she behaves foolishly (risking her own heart repeatedly), it's understandable and quite sweet. She can't help herself-- as the book description discloses, "Jane’s been in love with her best friend Lance since they were kids." It's painful for her to be the "practice date," but her reasons for going along with Lance's suggestion that Jane help him become the guy super popular Tiffany would say YES to (Prom invite) are believable.

    Recommended to fans of YA novelette-length romances, selective readers who choose wholesome reads, readers who ARE young adults and adults alike. I have daughters this age....and I found it enjoyable. ~~Kristin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Quick but ok.

    Not the best book ever. About a girl who decides to help her friend, Lance, get popular girl for a prom date. She is in love with him though. She keeps saying yes to helping him because she will "Get to spend more time with him". I just think there is too much of that. She always says she wants to spend more time with him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    So great

    I like this book a lot. I borrowed it from one of my nook friends. She was right it is a great booky. Bye

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Pleasant, quick read. Nice surprise.

    Pleasant, quick read. Nice surprise.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    The Practice Date is good practice... for a longer Lieske novel

    After a foray into science fiction, New York Times bestselling author Victorine E. Lieske returns, in part, to familiar territory. The Practice Date is a roughly 11,000-word novelette that is a romance (like Not What She Seems) and is young adult (like The Overtaking) but is neither a suspense story nor a science fiction tale.

    Think of it as a short John Hughes film, in print form. Like the Reader's Digest annotated version of Pretty In Pink. Or, for you readers who grew up in the '90s, maybe more like She's All That. Or maybe, considering the premise, more like Some Kind of Wonderful, with the focus on Mary Stuart Masterson instead of Lea Thompson.

    You get the idea. It's a high school age rom-com. Most people who've liked Lieske's other books will like that.

    The Practice Date places it's focus on the plainly-named Jane, who is troubled that her one-time best friend, Lance, has abandoned her to hang out with the high school in-crowd.

    At such a brief length, Lieske's lean, taut prose paints a nice portrait of Jane and Lance, and keeps her supporting cast small. Unfortunately, those who do appear in support are not as well-developed as they might be.

    Like all novelettes, the short form enforces a precision of focus upon the narrative, which is why the supporting cast feels a bit underdeveloped. Fortunately, this focus also allows both Jane and Lance to shine as the stars of the brief tale.

    The characters inhabit a seemingly-nameless Middle American town that, fortunately, is not lacking in some personality; after reading about Jane and Lance's outing to Stuff-It Burger, I immediately wished there were such a franchise and that one existed near enough to visit.

    Taking the tale for what it is ... a very short novel with a tightly-focused tale ... The Practice Date is a lot of fun for as long as it lasts. The book will certainly leave the reader wanting more, and for that, there is Not What She Seems and The Overtaking. The Practice Date serves as a pleasant appetizer for both of Lieske's other works, but isn't enough to constitute a full meal on it's own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2011

    A sup rising twist

    Honestly I'm surprised the book would turn out the way it did another ha
    Py ever after

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