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Posted July 28, 2011
Kara moves to a new town, attends a new school and makes new friends, who then set her up for date rape and an overdose of alcohol laced with ecstasy. *** Author Linda Nelson emphasizes the influence friends can have on teens and the consequences from deceiving parents in this story of Kara, a self-conscious and insecure teen with an alcoholic mother and an enabling father. Kara gets good grades, but more than anything else she wants to belong. She can't believe that Carol wants to be her friend. She overlooks Carol's shoplifting and her uneasy feelings that sneaking around with Carol will lead to trouble. This story is meant to be a cautionary tale. Responsible parents know who their children's friend are and don't let them associate with the wrong crowd. The moral would appear to be that their children should choose their friends wisely and should not trust them in lieu of their parents, no matter how dysfunctional said parents may be. After all, dysfunctional parents can still be loving parents. This e-book version of Friends of Choice needs editing. There are some awkward sentences where the meaning is not clear or appears to be opposite to the author's intent. For example, "She took Darcy's place at the table, hoping she would be angry with her for taking her place." I think in this situation Kara would not want new acquaintances to be angry with her. Also several paragraphs in chapter 21 are repeated in chapters 22 and 23. Using "'Kay" repeatedly and referring to certain songs accentuates how out of touch the writer is with current slang and the musical tastes of teenagers. The reader is left wondering if the parents lost their old house to foreclosure and how they could afford to buy a new, bigger house with an outdoor pool. Finally, the story ends abruptly with all of the characters hanging in limbo.
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Posted July 11, 2011
As a parent of two college girls this book scares me. I wish thier was no way kids would drug other kids and set them up for rape. It is written well and I appreciate the information at the end of the story.
Karla is a 16 year old when her family sells their house and moves to a bigger town two towns away. She is not happy with her parents over it. Karla does not get along with her mom. Her mom drinks a lot and is controlling. Karla has a lot of anger.
The first day at new school she meets Carol and makes friends with her. She is suspious of Carol and friends and all the whispering around her. Karla ignores her concerns even when she finds out Carol shops lift and thinks she might take drugs.
The teenagers make a lot of bad choices and slips things too Karla that she does not know and almost kills her.
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Posted March 7, 2011
Typical story of teen life growing up and moving with the needs of the family's income. Not really worth the read.
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Posted February 13, 2011
This YA novel is about the loss of friendship when life takes you to different parts of the world. Karla's parents move her "a few towns away," though it feels more like just the other side of the mall. She leaves behind her three best friends and her school. Karla, like any teen, is not happy with moving away from everything she knows, but Dad has a better job in this new town. Karla can be a surly teen during this time and has problems in her relationship with mom, an alcoholic with a temper.
Oddly, the moment the family pulls in the driveway of their new home Karla has a change of heart, or did that happen when she realized the mall was now within walking distance? Or was it when she laid eyes on her bedroom for the first time or the in-ground pool in the backyard. Point is, Karla's angst over moving, the loss of old friends and school disappear like they never mattered much. Karla finds she likes her new school and is accepted quickly therel.
Karla instantly becomes best friends with Carol, the leader of the cool group of students (made up of the usual type: football players, cheerleaders, and any student that can provide something they need). Except for the short time that Karla's old friends visit, she spends most of her time with or around Carol. They eat lunch together, even though the other girls whisper (I think we are to think is about Karla). Karla goes to the mall, turning the other way when Carol shoplifts (an item Karla later wears to a party). The guy Karla likes only gives her attention or a smile when Carol tells him to. The entire world is at odds with all Kayla once knew yet she never really questions anything.
At the climatic parents-are-away party Karla, all dressed up thanks to Carol and the shop-lifted item, takes her first drink only moments after entering the house, without pause, a bit odd for the child of an alcoholic. She then accepts the hand of the guy she likes and follows him to an upstairs bedroom, again without pause.. There he pretends to like her and proceeds to play baseball, hitting a home run over Karla's objections. Suddenly the door flies open and four more guys take a swing. This was all Carol's idea of revenge. What had Karla done to deserve this? She had the audacity to change schools. Seriously? Because Karla had gone to a rival high school she was slipped the date drug, not once but twice leading to an overdose. Revenge in the form of rape, which gets out of hand and becomes a gang rape. Seriously? And the ending? Where is it? Loose threads are everywhere making for a completely dissatisfying end. What was the author thinking leaving everything unfinished like this?
For me book was difficult to stay with in the beginning. Those first few pages, until the actual move, are dry, without a hook to make the pages turn. Once the move occurred the pace picked up yet still dragged at times. The voice of the kids sounded the same. Everyone used the slang "'Kay" including the adults way too many times. The phrase became annoying.
The ending was non-existent and immediately made me think the author was more interested in fishing for a sequel than finishing "book one." I do not know if I could read another Karla story; the character is not compelling. I do think everyone who reads this will want that missing ending and be frustrated to find it doesn't exist.
NOTE: received from author
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Posted November 29, 2011
It is pretty good, it always grabs me in when i read. Btw you should now that this book is fun to read. It expands your schema! 4 stars out of 5!!!! & great 4 the ages 9-15
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'Friends of Choice' is a great book for early teens. This fast paced story follows a 16 year old girl who is forced to move away from her friends she has know since early grade school.
Karla is not happy with her parents when they tell her they have sold their house and are moving away. Her parents tell her the reason why they are moving is because her Dad has a new job.
Her parents have chosen to live in a surburbian city. While they think the move is a nice surprise for Karla, all Karla can think about is leaving her friends behind.
Karla is forced to make new friends.
The question is: What are Karla's new friends like?
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