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Posted June 25, 2011
Prepare yourself for the ultimate summer à la Aspen and Laurel because they certainly have quite a full plate of backfired plans going on! A & L do summer was not what I had expected from the synopsis. I thought there would be a little more city-vs-country girl dynamics going on - and perhaps a little fun scheming as finding boyfriends go. Instead Aspen and Laurel had more Lucy/Ethel hilarities - which I thoroughly enjoyed!
A & L do summer is a wholesome slice of warm apple crumble topped with a refreshing scoop of vanilla ice cream. Doesn't that sound like trouble - a delightful sort of trouble? These girls get into the strangest of predicaments - as they hop out of the pig-herding fiasco, they fall right into drive-thru shenanigans and a daring chicken rescue operation! I admit, it sounds like too unbelievable to happen to these girls - but they pull it off with such charm that you cannot help but believe that they are invincible!
If you need a break from the heavy-duty YA reads and just want a good chuckle to brighten your day, I think you can do no wrong with A & L do summer ! Definitely a win for fans of I LOVE LUCY!
Posted June 22, 2011
Every summer comes the wave of summer books, the ones that promise funny, light reads with their pretty covers, and with Jan Blazanin's newest book A & L Do Summer the reader receives that and much, much more to say the least.
Aspen, one city girl stuck in the country, and Laurel, a longtime country girl, have always been the girls to fall under the radar in their small country town, but this summer will change everything for the better. To begin this, Aspen has a great first plan involving one prank, pigs, and the principal's office. Unfortunately, their prank idea ends up in the wrong hands and involves one late night clean up that starts their summer off to a less than satisfactory start. However, this does not get them down; instead, they plan to try harder. From summer jobs involving interesting drive thru service, to walking skunks in strollers, to parties and boys, this summer will surely be unforgettable. Though, will it land Aspen and Laurel on the radar once and for all, or will it leave them even farther down on the social ladder? Only time and more pages will tell in this funny and easy read.
Adorable and funny, Aspen and Laurel were two main characters that I could not help but adore. Their antics involving being noticed were hilarious; their friendship was three-dimensional and relatable to every girl or boy who has a crazy best friend; and best of all, their personalities jumped off the page and came to life. The secondary characters also added a great deal of fun to this light read such as Clay, Laurel's love interest, Manny, Laurel's brother who Aspen cannot help but love from afar, and Miss Simmons, the typical crazy old skunk lady.
While the plot of this was too complicated or original, it was easy to fall into, because of the different events that occurred as well as the spark the characters brought. I enjoyed seeing Aspen and Laurel's everyday lives depicted on page, and I especially loved seeing all the trouble they got themselves into. Several scenes had me laughing aloud, which always makes me love a book even more.
Finally, Jan Blazanin's writing has definitely improved in this one. From the story building to the character and plot development, everything was right on key, and this has made me even more eager to read more by her.
Full of spunk and sparks, A & L Do Summer will have you giggling to yourself as these country girls make a name for themselves.
Posted May 21, 2011
Two best friends with medium-to-low profiles in the overall high school scene decide to "do" their last summer in style. Nothing really turns out the way they planned, but it's still quite exciting! I began to laugh at Laurel's cluelessness about pigs, and was still laughing at the end. Girls, pigs, skunks, dogs, boys, police: it's all there. A high energy page turner, beautifully written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2012
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Posted January 2, 2012
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