Little Miss Red

Little Miss Red

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by Robin Palmer

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The ideal L.A. fairy tale for fans of Once Upon a Time and L.A. Candy, from the author of Geek Charming.

Sophie Greene gets good grades, does the right thing, and has a boyfriend that her parents— and her younger brother—just love. (Too bad she doesn’t love him.) Sophie dreams of being more like Devon Deveraux, star of her See more details below


The ideal L.A. fairy tale for fans of Once Upon a Time and L.A. Candy, from the author of Geek Charming.

Sophie Greene gets good grades, does the right thing, and has a boyfriend that her parents— and her younger brother—just love. (Too bad she doesn’t love him.) Sophie dreams of being more like Devon Deveraux, star of her favorite romance novels, but, in reality, Sophie isn’t even daring enough to change her nail polish. All of that changes when Sophie goes to Florida to visit her grandma Roz, and she finds herself seated next to a wolfishly goodlooking guy on the plane. The two hit it off, and before she knows it, Sophie’s living on the edge. But is the drama all it’s cracked up to be?

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Publishers Weekly
Sophie is obsessed with the Devon Devoreaux romance series, imagining herself as the heroine in such novels as Lassoed by Lust and Battered by Betrayal, in which Devon meets millionaire playboys or dates South American dictators. Sophie’s real-life love life pales in comparison, as she’s stuck in a listless relationship with her boyfriend, Michael. But after Michael “push[es] the pause button” on their relationship, Sophie, on a flight to Florida, meets Jack, a boy who seems ripped from the pages of her beloved romances (“Not only was he the hottest guy I had ever seen in person, but as I stood up to let him get to his seat, our arms touched and I immediately knew we were soul mates”). Unfortunately, both of Palmer’s (Geek Charming) romantic leads are rather unlikable, with Sophie portrayed as awkward and naïve and Jack as clueless and cheesy. The humor tends toward the corny, and Sophie’s character can be summed up through her observation: “There was only so much a girl could focus on when a hot guy was holding her hand and scrambling her brain.” Ages 12–up. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—When Sophie Greene flies to Florida to spend spring break with her grandmother, she meets Jack, a stand-in for the Big Bad Wolf, on the plane. She devours romance novels about Devon Devoreaux, a jet-setter with a boyfriend in every port whose soul mate, Dante, resembles Jack. Sophie would like to believe that Jack is her soul mate, especially when he calls her "Red" because of the cowgirl hat she's bought on a whim and because he's more rebellious than her last boyfriend, Michael. Sophie takes most of the novel to realize what readers get right away: Jack is nothing but a charming moocher who isn't all that exciting. Unrealistically, he's able to schmooze her grandmother and worm himself into a place to stay, unlimited television, and homemade meals. Michael shows up in Florida and shares an amusing miniature-golf duel with Jack over Sophie, and she decides against both rivals. By story's end, though, she admits there's something to be said for steadfast Michael as long as she can spice up her life on her own. Neither hilariously funny nor weighty enough to be taken seriously, this third title in Palmer's series of fairy-tale variants seems like a parody of itself. Readers don't know whether to root for Sophie or to shake her, and her constant references to the "Devon" books get annoying.—Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
VOYA - Mary Ann Darby
Sixteen-year-old Sophie is addicted to cheesy romance novels, her iPhone, and the idea of excitement. Her overactive imagination and obsession with romance-heroine Devon Deveroux clash with her mile-wide practical streak. When Sophie finds herself sitting next to totally hot Jack on a flight to see her grandmother in Florida after Michael, her boyfriend of three years, has asked her to "push the pause button" on their relationship, she knows it is a sign that her life is about to change. But despite Jack's good looks and oozing charm, Sophie senses there is something not quite right about him. Jack's flattery does allow Sophie's usually cranky grandmother to show a more worldly, interesting side of herself, and Sophie discovers she is not the only person who yearns for romance. When Michael flies in to try to mend their relationship, Sophie finally realizes that perfect people only exist in books, and that lasting relationships require work. Underneath the cliches and laugh-out-loud fun, Palmer again delivers some food for thought in her latest book. Sophie is an engaging heroine surrounded by an enjoyable supporting cast of characters including friends, relatives, and a self-absorbed romance novelist. As Sophie comes to realize that romance novels are not reliable guides to life, she also discovers who she is and what is truly important to her. Although there is no new territory being explored here, teenage girls looking for a light, enjoyable romance will not be disappointed with Palmer's latest entry. Reviewer: Mary Ann Darby
Jamie McGee
Sophie Greene is a teenager in Los Angeles and craves the passion and excitement she finds in a romance series featuring Devon Devoreaux, who falls for the gorgeous and dangerous Dante. Sophie is tired of her predictable boyfriend, Michael, who calls her at the same time each night and prefers television to thoughtful conversation. She visits her grandmother in Florida and meets Jack, a motorcycle-riding, smooth-talking musician, who wins her heart instantly. Sophie feels like she is living a life comparable to Devon's and that she has found her Dante. As Sophie gets to know Jack, she realizes he is not what she imagined. She discovers there is more to love than motorcycles and sparks and that she may be passing up a meaningful relationship with Michael. Sophie learns that fictional characters are fun to read about, but she must make her own story, rather than follow Devon's. Reviewer: Jamie McGee

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