Love Ya Like A Sisterby Thomas Lee Kepler
Life is simple for Randy: 1) he loves his girlfriend and 2) he likes his motorcycle. And even if he really likes his motorcycle and only thinks he's pretty sure he loves his girlfriend, it's
If you want something done right, then do it yourself. At least, that's what people say. But does that include having three girlfriends at the same time--and stealing a car?
Life is simple for Randy: 1) he loves his girlfriend and 2) he likes his motorcycle. And even if he really likes his motorcycle and only thinks he's pretty sure he loves his girlfriend, it's still the same difference. Easy to know, easy to think about.
Then Randy's life gets complicated. In one week he makes friends with a senior girl and her five-year-old sister, his girlfriend dumps him, and his ex's older sister helps him with his math--although, it turns out, she's better at biology.
While trying to uncomplicate their lives, Randy and his friends learn what to do when your parents are too busy, too divorced, too drunk, or too dead to help.
- Wise Moon Books
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- 0.49(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)
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The author has described "Love Ya Like a Sister" as young adult chick lit with a male protagonist. While that seems like a strange description, it’s a good one. Although chick lit should have a protagonist who is a chick, that is the only reason this book couldn’t be considered chick lit. It has the other defining elements, primarily being “a personal and foible-filled journey toward self-understanding and self-awareness.” (I've been told this is called Lad Lit, although that isn't a term I've seen used much.) Randy is an eighteen-year-old high school senior struggling with relationships of all kinds: romantic, friendship, familial — which kind does he want, with who, where are the boundaries of each, and how does he shape them into what he needs? In many ways Randy is mature and much more self-aware than a typical teen boy, but not overly so. For those who feel characters in a novel should be role models — giving the reader something to aspire to, rather than reflective of the norm – he’s your man. "Love Ya Like a Sister" is an entertaining read for young adults of both genders, and for older adults too. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
I normally don't like love triangles, especially when it's completely deliberate. However, I have to make an exception for Love Ya Like A Sister. The way Tom Kepler writes the relationships makes you understand it in ways that I think I never really understood it before. The characters in this book are great in the way that you can relate to them and most of their actions match them well. I think that I understood Randy better than I did the girls, but I think that's to be expected from the main character. My heart was pretty much with Randy the whole time, even when I wanted to slap him silly for some of his actions. Having said that, I wish I knew the girls a little better so I could understand them completely. Some moments had me scratching my head in confusion. The lack of parenting was a little mind-boggling, but without that... we don't have a story. And it's a great one. The story moves along smoothly with no hiccups and plenty of drama to go around! This was a quick read, though not too quick that you didn't get enough story. The resolution fit the bill for this one, and you finished feeling pretty satisfied as a whole. Overall, this was an enjoyable read that would be good for any YA fan that likes a good contemporary read.