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Posted October 13, 2013
“Maybe that’s why he comes across as Mr. Glacier sometimes. He’s hard to take at times, but he’s not a bad person, even if Michael and I do come from different solar systems. Whole other galaxies. But sometimes, galaxies collide. Hard.”
The review for this novella is going to be short and sweet – just like it was. I read this one and the next two novellas in the series in a matter of a couple hours, in preparation for an upcoming blog tour for the third book.
“As a vegan, I am committed to nonviolence, in all aspects of life. But I’d really like to kick Michael Endicott in the shins right now.”
At 45 pages, this is a very short novella. But, it was incredibly entertaining. I was sucked right into the story. Georgia was your typical teenage, vegan girl. She’s lab partners with Michael Endicott, who is rich, smart and good-looking. His family has a rich history in the town in which they live. He’s just recently returned to public school after being kicked out of the prep school he was attending. Everyone has their own take on why he was kicked out, but Georgia doesn’t care. She just wants to get through this class without dissecting anything that was once living. It’s a point of contention for them and it puts a strain on their partnership. Can they find a common ground and make this work? Only time will tell!
“Dealing with him is like chipping away at a brick wall with a plastic spoon. At the end of a day, you think you’ve made progress. But when you look at it later, the wall seems thicker than ever.”
While incredibly short, even by novella standards, I feel like this book did its job. I didn’t want to stop reading it. The characters were likable and I’m excited to get another dose of them – and hopefully some answers – in the next book. I was disappointed when I came to the end of this one – fortunately, I had the second novella, Charm and Consequence, all queued up and ready to go. You’ll want to do the same.
Posted April 17, 2013
Example: He shakes his head and his mouth is quirked at one corner. I can't tell if he thinks I am sort of amusing or truly pathetic. It's especially hard to tell because we are both looking resolutely at the teacher so she can't accuse us of not paying attention. We talk out of the sides of our mouths, like gangsters in those old movies my dad likes to watch.
I wasn't sure what to expect from Stephanie's Snark and Circumstance but let me tell you, I enjoyed myself. I also laughed. A lot. Georgia, the main character in S & C, rocks. She's a smart girl who knows how she feels about things and what she wants and isn't embarrassed to say it at all. I had seen a few comments on reviews about people not liking Georgia (George, Georgiana... all of the above)'s personality and get that her snarky nature might tug on a few people's nerves, but here's the thing: Georgia is a black t-shirt kinda girl at a school full of girls wearing only sparkly designer camis. (Okay maybe that's not the best description, but she herself says she's the "black sheep" and this is what came to me to describe how she stands out.) She's got attitude and is adamant about the things that matter to her because well, she... cares. Her personality IS snark, hence the title of the novella. It fits her perfectly.
Regarding the similarities of S & C to Jane Austen's work, I'm going to be honest here: I haven't read much of it, so for me, the connections weren't there. This isn't to say it changed the experience; the set-up was perfect and I didn't need to know anything about that to enjoy myself. (I think knowing the history behind everything Stephanie based this series on would only enhance it so for those of you who "get that", you'll appreciate what she did.)
I loved how Stephanie's writing swept me up. I'm talking, as I read it I was thinking about her tie-ins and the way paragraphs melted into paragraphs and how her descriptions were so great and visual and still so "Georgia" and at times I was like, man I'm so jealous about how well she does this! I am not a quick-witted person so the way Georgia spouts off all the time makes me think I would have really enjoyed being her friend in high school. (Again, every time she spouts off, it's because she's got a serious emotionally charged reason for doing so.) I also thought about how likely it is that my 13 year-old daughter will really enjoy this series.
Another example: "Your powers of observation are formidable," Michael says and Darien giggles behind one perfectly manicured hand, like some sort of preppie geisha. (This is the kind of description that had me a) in stitches and b) seeing the scene perfectly.)
So that's my review. Snarky, funny, enjoyable, a light read and, like others have commented, way too short. I can't wait to see what happens to Georgia and Michael in Charm and Consequence (the next novella in the series, coming out this May).
Posted June 7, 2013
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