When Mike Kissed Emmaby Christine Marciniak
Emma Landon has a plan: she's going to be in the high school musical and sing the most romantic song possible to her boyfriend. She's not looking for the lead, just a decent part where she and Trevor can dance together on stage. The plan starts to unravel when she gets the starring role, and playing opposite her is not her perfect boyfriend, but the school loner, Biker Mike. When Mike kisses Emma at the school dance, everything changes. Emma must figure out what is more important-the way things look or something deeper.
- The Wild Rose Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 Years
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WHEN MIKE KISSED EMMA is a fast-paced, young romance that questions the idea of love and friendship in high school. Marciniak has a great writing style that gets right to the heart of the story. The character of Emma was a joy to read. She is fun and dedicated to her life as a high school actress and girlfriend to Trevor. She is strong, independent, and a force to be reckoned with among her peers. She is part of a small clique of students that are looked upon by others as the 'popular' group. They are all actors and their life thrives around the theater in their exclusive private school. Other group members include her sister, brother, her boyfriend Trevor, and various other snobs. Emma's younger sister Sara was sassy and spoiled. There were a couple of times I could have jumped into the book to smack her. I don't believe that girl has any idea of family or loyalty. Most of the other characters expressed these rude traits as well and it actually made me angry to read the things they said about others who were excluded from their group. But I think the despicable nature of characters was necessary for the development of Emma's outlook on life. I get nervous when I read a book based on another work, this instance 'The Sound of Music'. But I thought it was interesting and creative how it fit together. Emma has a hard time separating real life from fiction so it was comical to see how she overcame not getting her dream role with her dream man. Although the story was predictable at times, I absolutely adored the massive character progression that Emma made. Her personality never quite fit with her choice of friends but it took a kiss from a mysterious stranger for her to open her eyes and be who she truly is. Mike on the other hand is a great character from beginning to end and sees Emma from the inside out. He is one of those great guy's that any girl would love to be with. He sees the mistakes she has made but influences her to take risks, in turn, snapping her out of the tiny world she lives in. This book was a quick and delightful story. I recommend it to anyone looking for a break from the real world and experiencing a little romance and singing.
Emma can't wait for tryouts to the high school musical The Sound of Music- for weeks she and her boyfriend Trevor envisioned themselves as Liesl and Rolfe. They've been singing "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" so it's a shock when her sister Sara lands the role and she lands the part of Maria. Now, Trevor and Sara will be singing to each other while she plays opposite Biker Mike. A fresh face in town and different than the drama crowd, Biker Mike shocks everyone by landing the role of the Captain. When Emma attempts to include him in their social gathering, the plan backfires. Her friends rebel calling him too different and wish that he never tried out for the play. As he and Emma rehearse together, she begins to see the boy underneath the tough exterior. Her feelings soften, but her friends make her feel guilty about spending time with him. Could she be falling for him even though she has the perfect boyfriend? I saw this book reviewed on another site and thought it looked wicked cute, so imagine my delight at winning a copy. It's a super cute tale of two worlds colliding in high school. I found Emma's friends annoying and hurtful and very small minded - but at the same time realistic. I loved the title chapters and they inevitably made me singing the songs in my head for days. Cute cover too!
An enjoyable read for teens, WHEN MIKE KISSED EMMA follows a group of friends as they settle into their roles for the high-school play. Author Christine Marciniak captures the humor and drama of everyday life in high school. The characters and dialogue were very well done. Cleverly, the author uses lyrics from the school musical as chapter headings. This novel is a welcome break from the "clique" and "occult" novels that dominate teen lit. Appropriate for middle-school students and older.