Swoon at Your Own Risk
  • Swoon at Your Own Risk
  • Swoon at Your Own Risk

Swoon at Your Own Risk

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by Sydney Salter
     
 

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You’d think Polly Martin would have all the answers when it comes to love—after all, her grandmother is the famous syndicated advice columnist Miss Swoon. But after a junior year full of dating disasters, Polly has sworn off boys. This summer, she’s going to focus on herself for once. So Polly is happy when she finds out Grandma is moving in—

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You’d think Polly Martin would have all the answers when it comes to love—after all, her grandmother is the famous syndicated advice columnist Miss Swoon. But after a junior year full of dating disasters, Polly has sworn off boys. This summer, she’s going to focus on herself for once. So Polly is happy when she finds out Grandma is moving in—think of all the great advice she’ll get.

But Miss Swoon turns out to be a man-crazy sexagenarian! How can Polly stop herself from falling for Xander Cooper, the suddenly-hot skateboarder who keeps showing up while she’s working at Wild Waves water park, when Grandma is picking up guys at the bookstore and flirting with the dishwasher repairman?

No advice column can prepare Polly for what happens when she goes on a group camping trip with three too many ex-boyfriends and the tempting Xander. Polly is forced to face her feelings and figure out if she can be in love—and still be herself.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Seventeen-year-old Polly Martin is a brain, but she is also obsessed with boys and dating. She agreed to take a summer job at the local waterpark because her now ex-boyfriend wanted her to work there with him. Polly has a tendency to passively agree to do things others want her to do, but she generally ends up ruing her decisions to do so. She's angry with her father, who left the family for a young woman and caused her mom to take a job as a waitress at the local hamburger hangout. Worse, Grandma (a.k.a. Miss Swoon, the world renowned advice columnist) is moving in, so Polly will have to share her younger sister Grace's room. Polly is so caught up in her own self that she doesn't see the problems the rest of her family's having. She is so self-centered that I found her to be a very unsympathetic, selfish character. Polly doesn't understand when her best friend decides not to speak to her anymore, and she can't see that Xander, the kid down the street, has turned into a handsome and caring young man. Fortunately, Polly ultimately does come to understand who she is and what others need from her. There is humor in the story, and teens will relate to Polly's struggles for self-understanding. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Flirty Polly Martin has sworn off boys after five failed relationships in her junior year. Now she's working at the Wild Waves water park for the summer and faces distractions like her boss; a good-looking ex; and a regular customer, shirtless Xander, who makes her heart patter. Increasingly confused about how to interact with the opposite sex, she chooses heavy petting over relationships. She turns to her grandmother, newspaper-columnist Miss Swoon, for advice. But wisecracking, sexual-innuendo-spewing Polly won't get anywhere until she can learn to deal with her emotions and her parents' divorce. At the start of the narrative, Polly's bad-girl act seems a little over-the-top but the reasons for her behavior slowly emerge halfway through the book. Each chapter ends with a letter to Miss Swoon, blog posts from a rumormonger coworker, and musings from love interest Xander. All in all, this book is a light read with an emotional awakening and enough romance to keep fans of the genre interested.—Shawna Sherman, Hayward Public Library, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152066499
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/05/2010
Pages:
356
Sales rank:
1,003,463
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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