The Oracle Rebounds [NOOK Book]

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As the "oracle of dating," Kayla is supposed to have all the answers about love and relationships. She's supposed to have the perfect relationship. But now that Jared is "taking a step back," Kayla feels like a total fraud.

So the expert on dating starts taking her own rebound advice—and some from her friends—and stops moping around. Yeah, there are other possibilities ...
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Overview




As the "oracle of dating," Kayla is supposed to have all the answers about love and relationships. She's supposed to have the perfect relationship. But now that Jared is "taking a step back," Kayla feels like a total fraud.

So the expert on dating starts taking her own rebound advice—and some from her friends—and stops moping around. Yeah, there are other possibilities out there—including the beyond-cute French foreign exchange student she's showing around town.

But when controversy erupts about the Oracle's advice, Kayla is sent reeling once again. Will anything work out for her this year? Yet when her friends start seriously needing the Oracle, Kayla begins to focus on what really matters: Viv, Sharese, Amy and Ryan, her true-blue buds. And suddenly, everything starts making sense again….


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426874512
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Series: Oracle of Dating Novel , #2
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 470 KB

Meet the Author


Allison van Diepen is the author of the Oracle of Dating series as well as the teen novels Raven, Snitch and Street Pharm. She was dubbed The Oracle of Dating as a teen when she began giving dating advice to her friends. She also wrote personalized romances featuring her friends and their favorite celebrities.

Allison teaches high school in Ottawa, Canada, where she lives with her husband and son.


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Happily ever after is meant to last forever, right? Well, my happily ever after lasts five months, three weeks and two days. Then Jared drops a bomb.

"I need to take a step back, Kayla. I have to figure some things out right now."

I stop listening after the "step back" part. I feel like I'm sinking through the floor. Jared is the one, isn't he? This can't be happening.

He's watching me. "You're not saying anything."

"I'm chewing my pizza so I don't choke."

"Oh."

I swallow my food. Keep it together, I tell myself. Having a public meltdown will only make this worse. "What do you want me to say?"

"I don't know. Just that you understand."

"I don't."

I don't and I don't want to. Why can't this be any other Saturday night at Colonnade Pizza? I must've misheard him. He can't be breaking up with me…. God, he's so beautiful, with his curly dark hair falling over his forehead, and his blue eyes so tortured. He's talking again. "Ever since I didn't get that scholarship to art school, I've had to think about what I'm going to do with my life."

"I get that, but how does that lead to you dumping me?" And then it hits me. He must've met another girl. The familiarity between us, the ease of us knowing each other so well, no longer excites him. Before he can answer my question, I throw it out there. "Is there someone else?"

His eyes widen. "Didn't you hear anything I said?"

"Of course I did. I'm just asking."

"You're the only girl and that's the truth." He sighs. "I've been too into you these past few months. I haven't been focusing enough on my art. If I'd put more effort into my portfolio, I might've gotten that scholarship. I was counting on it, and now I'm not sure what I'll do. This is an important time in my life and I've been spending more time thinking about you than my own future."

He's talking, talking, blah, blah, blah…

And all I'm hearing is that I'm being dumped.

"Kayla, are you okay? "

My eyes fill up. My throat is closing. I'm either discovering a new food allergy or having my heart broken. "I'm…surprised, that's all."

"I'm not saying this is permanent. I don't know."

I'll wait for you, Jared. I'll give you time. Whatever you need. But I can't say it. Pride doesn't let me. "You're making a big mistake, don't you see that? I'm not just going to wait around for you. It's…insulting!"

He shrugs helplessly. That look in his eyes—it's killing me. He looks sad, and I have a sneaking suspicion it's for me.

Dumping me is one thing. Pitying me is another. He's so crossed the line.

"Maybe it's better if it is permanent," I say, unable to keep the edge out of my voice. "Teen relationships only have a thirteen percent chance of being long-term anyway."

"That's the Oracle talking, not you."

"Yeah, well, we're one and the same. I'm going to move on, Jared. I'm not going to sit around waiting for you."

He nods gravely. "I understand."

I blink. Can he let me go just like that? After spending half a year with him, after telling him I love him, this is humiliating. Didn't he promise to love me forever? What about that?

"I'm going." I slide out of the booth.

He grabs my arm. "Kayla…"

"What? Do you have anything more to say?"

"I guess…not." He lets go of my arm. He can't even look at me anymore.

"Bye." And I'm gone.

In the blink of an eye, everything is different. I ride the subway in a daze, torn between tears and hysterical laughter. It's over. OVER.

As the Oracle of Dating, I should have seen this coming. Sure, Jared has been acting a little weird recently, but I thought that was because he didn't get the scholarship to art school. I'd hated to see him so disappointed, and I'd done everything I could to cheer him up. He seemed to be feeling better the past few days, like he'd finally accepted it and turned a corner. Maybe the real reason his mood had improved was because he'd made the decision to send me to Dumpsville.

I remember reading in one of Mom's relationship books that sometimes when people feel powerless in their lives, they dump their significant other because that's one part of their lives they do have control over. Worse, sometimes they blame their partner for their problems. Maybe that's what Jared is doing. "I've been too into you these past few months" Aren't you supposed to be into the person you're dating?

Well, Jared, if I'd known it was a problem for you, I wouldn't have been so damned fantastic!

Whatever, he made his decision. I have to move on. There are lots of cute guys around. It's not like I haven't noticed them. I have!

Half an hour later, I get home. I live on a quiet street in Midwood, Brooklyn, with big old trees that shed branches whenever there's heavy rain or wind. I've lived in this old brownstone ever since I can remember. Dad left us the house when he and Mom divorced, though apparently he made Mom buy him out. Since my sister, Tracey, is ten years older than me and lives in Manhattan, it's just me, Mom and my stepdad, a Swedish theologian named Erland.

Mom's car is gone, which is good because I don't feel like talking right now. I just want to go to my room and bawl. First I have to get past Erland, who's in the living room watching PBS. I close the door quietly and creep toward the stairs.

"What are you doing home so early?"

Great. I go back into the living room. "Jared." My chin quivers. "H-he b-broke up w-with me."

"I'm sorry to hear this," he says with his thick Swedish-chef accent. "Can I offer you a hug?"

I almost laugh at the formal offer, but I go to receive his hug. "Thanks." I sit beside him on the couch. "I don't know why I'm crying. It's his loss!"

He chuckles. "That's true. And you are both very young, too young to get serious."

"I know." The Oracle is always advising teen girls not to get too serious about their relationships. I've seen so many of them devastated when their boyfriends break up with them. The truth is, many guys just aren't ready for anything serious at our age. Knowing that, I'd shied away from relationships myself, since the odds of them working are extremely low. And then I met Jared, and my good sense went out the window. I thought we had a once-in-a-lifetime connection, a connection worth taking a risk for. And now. Dumpsville.

"What I'm saying is," Erland continues in his slow, profes-sorly way, "as we get older, we learn more about what qualities are important to us in a partner."

"I know you're right. It just hurts." I've read that heartbreak is an accepted cause of death in some South American countries. I don't want to die. What a waste to die over a guy!

Erland hands me some tissue. "I had my heart broken when I was young. The girl was named Hannah.or maybe it was Krista."

"She broke your heart and you can't even remember her name?"

"It appears that way." He laughs. "She was such a beautiful girl, and she promised me she'd always be mine. I thought we might marry one day. And then one week before our prom, she broke up with me. I later heard she attended with another boy, one of the school's best hockey players."

"That's harsh. I bet she'd regret it if she knew you were one of the world's top Martin Luther scholars."

Erland blushes. "I doubt she would have appreciated my career in theology. We were not well matched, she and I, and in time I realized that. If I had stayed with her I would've had a very different life. I will always be glad that she broke up with me because otherwise I never would have met your mother, who is truly my soul mate."

Erland believes in soul mates? I didn't peg Erland for the romantic type. But then, I didn't peg him for an astrologer either, yet he is. "So after this girl dumped you, how long before you met Mom?"

"About thirty years."

"Thirty years!" I know Erland's old, but holy crap, that's a long time. "I don't think I can wait thirty years to meet someone else."

"I met other women in that time. But for true love, yes, I had to wait thirty years. I doubt it will take that long for you."

I hope not!

For the first time, I go to my website to find help for me.

After chatting with Erland a little more, I head upstairs and log on to oracleofdating.com. It's a great-looking site, colorful and user friendly, thanks to Tracey's web design skills. These days I give most of my advice via live chats. I still have the phone line, but it's barely profitable.

I recall blogging a few times on the topic of breakups. Searching the archives, I find three blogs. Relationship SOS: Are You about to Break Up? Obviously it's a little late for that one. Why a Breakup Can Be Good for You. I'm not ready to look at the bright side just yet. Ten Ways to Deal with a Breakup. Okay, this is the one.

Ten Ways to Deal with a Breakup

1. Cry—get the emotions out. You'll feel better afterward.

2. Write in a journal. Putting your thoughts and feelings into words is a healthy way to work through them.

3. Exercise. If you're anything like me, getting your butt to the gym or out for a run is hard. But afterward you'll feel great. Exercise increases serotonin in the brain, the chemical that makes you feel happy.

4. Listen to boppy, happy music. If you keep listening to sappy ballads, you'll never move on.

5. Get rid of as much evidence of your ex as possible. Take pictures off your wall, move emails from your inbox, put away old letters and gifts. Put them in a box in the back of your closet if you want to look back on them twenty years from now.

6. Make an effort not to hang out at the same places you did with your ex unless, of course, they are your favorite places and you don't want to give them up.

7. Ask your friends not to mention your ex. You don't need to know everything he's doing or who he's doing it with.

8. Open your eyes to the possibilities around you. It's never too soon to appreciate eye candy!

9. Resist the urge to keep rehashing your feelings about the breakup. In the first week or two, vent all you want. After that, keep most of it in or write in your journal. Project the image that you're moving on. Eventually, you'll start to live it.

10. Don't stay home because you feel depressed. Get out and party!

Looks like I'm still at #1, judging by the tears that keep blurring my eyes. It doesn't help that my sinuses are clogged and I can hardly breathe. Breaking up is so not pretty.

My stomach grumbles, and I realize I'd barely gotten through one slice of pizza when Jared dropped the bomb.

I go downstairs in search of comfort food. I think some ice cream is in order.

Why is it people on TV lose their appetite when they're depressed? When I'm depressed, I do nothing but eat. Nestle's Rollo ice cream, M&M's ice cream and Milky Way ice cream have consolidated two of my favorite vices, ice cream and candy bars. Of course, with my lactose intolerance, too much dairy is never a good thing. So I pop two Lactaid pills and hope for the best.

I head back to my room, bowl of ice cream in hand. Then I notice it on my wall: the painting. Whenever I look at it, my heart swells with love, but now it just deepens my misery. Jared gave it to me one random night, not for any special occasion. It shows a young woman in a field of white blossoms, her hair blowing in the ice-blue wind, a mysterious smile on her face. He said the girl represented me, and the wind was him, madly trying to grasp her hair or her flowing dress, but getting happily caught up in both. I knew that when he gave me the painting, he was telling me he loved me, even though it was a few more weeks before he said the words.

Based on #5 of my own advice, I'd better take down the painting. Should I punch my fist through it, like someone on TV might do? Throw it in the fireplace and dance before the flames while doing a cleansing chant? But I can't destroy the painting, I know that. It reminds me of what a talented artist Jared is and why he deserved that art scholarship. And it's proof that the love between us had been real. To destroy it would be like saying that the love never existed.

I take the painting down and put it in my closet, facing the back wall. Then, since my closet is messy anyway, I throw a cardigan over it so I won't have to see it.

A bleep comes from my computer. It's an instant message for the Oracle. Forget it. I'm not in the mood to answer questions. Right now I'm having trouble dealing with my own life.

I try to turn my mind to other things, but then my conscience kicks in. What if it's important? What if someone really needs me?

Oracle: Good evening.

NYCgir1224: Hi, Oracle. My family hates my boyfriend. They're doing everything they can to make me break up with him. They won't tell me when he calls or stops by. It's to the point that I have to meet him in secret.

Oracle: That must be really difficult for you. Have you talked to your family about why they feel this way?

NYCgirl224: Of course. They think we fight too much. But all couples fight, don't they? It's normal. They just don't know him like I do. They don't see how sweet and loving he is.

Oracle: Maybe your family's concerned you're not happy with him.

NYCgir1224: They're so judgmental. Yeah, he's made some mistakes, but he's always apologized for them. He's not a bad guy.

Oracle: What type of mistakes do you mean?

NYCgirl224: Our fights have gotten physical a few times. My BF's got a bad temper—it runs in his family.

Oracle: Has he hit you?

NYCgir1224: Yeah, but it doesn't happen often. Just when I make him really angry. And my family judges him on that, like he's beating me up every day or something. You can't blame him. He had a really screwed-up childhood.

Oracle: It sounds like your family is afraid for you. Do you think it's okay that he sometimes hits you?

NYCgir1224: No. I'm not stupid. But sometimes he can't help it. He's working on his anger issues. He says he's going to get counseling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Omg

    I love this book after the i got addicted
    It is so good i wish there was a third one
    It is so sad this is just a book thisnis accualy the furst book that ive read that i acually pictured it in my mind they should so make a movie

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    Posted December 6, 2012

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  • Posted September 15, 2012

    After reading the first book in the series, The Oracle of Da

    After reading the first book in the series, The Oracle of Dating (find my review here) and liking it. I decided to give the second book a try. Better watch out for spoilers if you haven't read the first book. I admit it, I was very reluctant to start this one. Since I didn't know what will the author add to the ALREADY very good story. I thought that it will be just a stretch, a twin of the first book.
    Hell, I was wrong.
    Kayla's happily-ever-after with Jared was supposed to last FOREVER. But when Jared decides to "take a step back", Kayla is confused, hurt, and enraged. What did she do that got her hurt that much? There is only one thing that Kayla can do. Find a rebound. A cute, funny boy who will be able to take Jared's place. But it's not all that simple.
    When Kayla's mom accepts a new exchange student, she is terrified. But when a hot-as-hell boy with a sexy accent arrives on her doorstep, well, it doesn't look so bad after all. But he is only staying for two short weeks. To take her mind off things, Kaila starts guest posting for her "website". But even THAT doesn't turn out as good as it should. Can Kayla take anymore?
    What will Kayla do? Who will she take as her rebound? Will she every forget the boy who has her heart? Find out much more when you read The Oracle Rebounds. A funny, light, and quirky contemporary novel.
    I liked this book so MUCH. Just as much as the first one. I was dreading reading this one, I was afraid that it will make me hate the series alltogether. But it didn't. It made me love the series much more. I really like Allison Van Diepen's writing style. She simplifies everyday lives and puts dots on the letters. She is a straight-forward, great novelist.
    I liked the characters, too. They are very simple and teenage-y :P Even though they can be very stupid sometimes and make the stupidest decisions, I still felt for them and loved them. Kayla is much more mature even through her heartbreak. I liked every single thing in this novel.
    I still recommend this novel to everyone who wants to have a good time, and have a fun read. I am not very sure if there is a third book coming out, but if it is. I WILL be the one of the first to read it. FOR SURE...

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    Reviewed by Kelsey Jones for TeensReadToo

    I thought THE ORACLE OF DATING was a fun and original read and was more than excited to get started on the sequel. To my surprise, I enjoyed THE ORACLE REBOUNDS even more! With fresh plot developments, intriguing new characters, and more, this second title was the perfect summer read that I had been hoping for. Allison van Diepen has created such a fabulous cast of characters in the ORACLE series. Kayla is a fantastic main character, because she is just so real. She is someone any teenager could relate to and her experiences are believable and made me like her even more. For starters, when her boyfriend, Jared, breaks up with her she is beyond surprised and hurt (as anyone would be!)! As the Oracle of Dating, she felt she should have been able to detect that things weren't going well, but alas, Jared wants to focus more on his art college portfolio, and Kayla is left to decide what to do next. Laughs and adventure ensues when Kayla goes on the rebound! Benoit, the French exchange student, was an interesting character, and he provided Kayla with a much needed distraction. Kayla learns a lot about herself and what a relationship truly means once she and Jared are broken up. She has some funny, but, at times, heartbreaking experiences, but continues to be strong and keep her head firmly on her shoulders. Luckily, she also has her besties to help her through the rough patches. Ryan, Sharese, Viv, and Amy are each incredibly developed and unique characters. They each have something special about them, and we also get to learn more about their own relationships and how they are handling them in THE ORACLE REBOUNDS. These four are always there for each other and Kayla, and I really enjoyed reading about all their different adventures together. Tracey, Kayla's sister, also has a bigger role in this story, as Kayla helps her out with her own dating escapades. Family and friendships are all very important parts of this series, and I love that the author made them all have such a big role in Kayla's life. There are quite a few new plot developments in this novel. From Kayla's dating life to her friends' conflicts to her website coming under fire. Since I also have a blog, I could relate to Kayla's reaction when she saw people taking her words out of context and worrying that all she had worked for was going to collapse. She stayed strong, though, and proved that nobody could take down the Oracle. Another aspect of this series that I just have to talk about is the advice. Kayla gives such great advice on her blog, and it's always interesting to read her different posts, plus to read about the tips she gives her friends and sister. Kayla's own experiences are a lesson all in themselves, and any teenager will get something out of reading this book. In the end, I have to recommend this to everyone. It is a sweet, easy read, but with important lessons contained in its pages. If you've read the prequel, I can assure you that this one will not disappoint. I hope that Allison van Diepen will be writing a third book about Kayla!

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

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    Truth be told...

    It was torture trying to finish this book. I was skipping pages and chapters because it wasn't entertaining or a bit interesting to read. Now don't get me wrong, I loved the first book, The Oracle of Dating, and couldn't wait for this book to finally be released but all I got was disappointment. The Oracle Rebounds was lacking something, I'm not sure what though. I also didn't like how Kayla was thinking, everything seemed to repeat it's self through out the entire book. This just wasn't my type of book obviously. I can't recommend it to you, whose ever reading this, for that exact reason.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

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    Excellent sequel with great relationship advice!

    The Oracle Rebounds was amazing! Not quite rocked-my-socks-off, but I really was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it after a lukewarm response to its predecessor. Sure, I thought Kayla totally misinterpreted Jared's need for space and put herself through unnecessary heartbreak - however, Jared let her do so, so the blame still falls on his shoulders! As far as the catty blogger goes, I cannot believe such a thing would happen in the blogosphere - who would accept to host a guest blogger and then tear him or her to pieces? That just seems incredibly unfathomable!

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

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    Simply written, cute (and informational!) read

    The Oracle Rebounds was a fun, easy reading crash course in friendships and relationship brought to us by Alison van Diepien.

    In The Oracle Rebounds we are taken into the life of a just-turned sixteen year old Kayla, a together and mature, girl who anonymously runs a website offering relationship advice for a small price unbeknown to all but two ofher friends.

    The situations and hurdles Kayla and the characters of this book came across made for instant nostalgia for
    someone, me, who has been out of high school for a few years. It is amazing how I can look back while reading Kayla's story and relate to it, feeling her emotions, and relating to not only her but those around her. This time around, not truly experiencing it myself, I got to witness the issues from all sides and know that even for those YA readers who may not be feeling nostalgic quite yet that they still remember, or are going through, the growing pains of first loves and all that it entails.

    Some may have been put off by the fact that Kayla was barely sixteen and charging for advice, giving it to her
    older sister, and seemed have a steady head on her shoulders but Kayla just had that air about her. She was
    that girl, the one people go to in school just to have someone to listen to them or give them the possible harsh truth. Beyond her advice, even if anonymously, Kayla rounded out her group of friends adding depth to where some of her friends chose different priorities, which were addressed and the consequences were presented to us giving us a story that wasn't only entertaining but realistic.

    Even with harsh truths, advice no one would want to hear (who wants to hear their boyfriend is cheating on them, or that your parents were right about your boyfriend?,) and situations even Kayla hated experiencing first hand she stayed true to herself in the end, and offered a wonderful example to readers young, and a those a little older.

    The Oracle Rebounds is the sequel to The Oracle of Dating but has the ability to stand alone. It is simply written but has a well formed story and characters. I laughed and I wanted to cry, Alison made sure to cover all of her bases well.

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

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    Great sequel.

    Watching Kayla learn the life lessons that teenage girls learn was a treat because you saw the ups and the downs and through it all, you were cheering her on. Van Diepen did a great job of penning the second book in this series and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I would definitely recommend this book to fans of the first book because this book is just too good to pass up.

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

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    Great read!!

    I enjoyed this book much more because it gave a bit of a more insight on Kayla and her life. Jared surprises Kayla by giving dumping her. Totally unexpected. She is in total shock and just confused. She is unsure what to do and what to say. Kayla does her best to move on, especially when a new foreign exchange student comes landing right in her lap. Can someone say rebound???


    Kayla is such a strong character in this book. To me she is not perceived as a teenager. The way that she acts during a break-up, I think she handled it very well. Jared has broken her heart into pieces. She doesn't cause a scene or act crazy. She accept it for what it is and just leave it at that. She blogs a lot which helps vent out her feelings and she gets chance to lean from it as well.


    What I love the most about this was the change that Kayla went through. She even say it herself in the book. She was not the same person. Even though she still over Jared, she grew the experience learning from it instead of being bitter.


    Also, the way she handled the rebound afterward was good. She didn't go to far and keep the relationship simple. I admire her for acting so grown up in all of this. The questions she posed as well as the advice was once again good. In the end, I believe Kayla made the right choice.

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

    Great Read

    This book had fun, sadness and romance. It portrayed the lives of a teenage girl and her friends in a very true to life fashion.

    The Oracle of Dating is a teenage blogspot run by Kayla. Very few people know the true identity of the Oracle. Kayla draws on her real life experiences to answer questions from teenagers with problems. Fine, but what happens when she has her own problem? What happens when her boyfriend breaks up with her?

    After a few days she knows she must do what she advises others to do. It's hard, but she carries on with life even though her heart is breaking. Then her parents host a French student and life changes drastically. The boy is hot!

    Throughout the book there are inserts showing questions from her "clients" and the answers Kayla gives as the Oracle. This provided an extra interest as Kayla also tried to help her friends with their problems, even though they didn't know her secret identity.

    The story moved along at a fast rate and kept me reading. Writing in the first person was a very clever way of getting inside Kayla's head to see what she was thinking. It added extra spice to the story, especially when she told herself off for putting herself in a risky situation.

    The other characters in the book were strong in their own right even though they were a background to Kayla. I have mentioned that this is Inspirational. This is because there is a spiritual element in some of the characters lives. This is not intrusive in the story and Kayla's friends are a usual mixture of teenagers, some quiet, some outspoken and others just plain normal.

    The Oracle Rebounds while true to life also has elements of fun, excitement and teenage problems. This is not only a good story to read, it could also might teenagers who have problems. Congratulations to the author for her ability to get right down the nitty gritty of the life, love and angst of being a teenager.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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