The Oracle of Dating

The Oracle of Dating

by Allison van Diepen

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ISBN-13: 9781426854866
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Series: An Oracle of Dating Novel
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 546 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Allison van Diepen is the author of Street Pharm, Snitch, Raven, and Takedown. She teaches at an alternative high school in Ottawa, Canada. Visit her at

Read an Excerpt

New Year's Resolutions:

* Find Tracey a great boyfriend.

* Make a choice about my hair: straight or curly, because wavy just isn't working.

* Cure cereal addiction (possibly through hypnotherapy—see Yellow Pages).

* Write more blogs for the Oracle of Dating Web site, give lots of dating advice, make stacks of $$$ and quit job at Hellhole.

* Take the Oracle of Dating to the next level!!!

* * *

You might think that September is a weird time to be making New Year's resolutions. Well, Mom never accused me of doing anything on time, especially tidying my room, loading the dishwasher or Swiffering the kitchen.

"I don't see how you ended up with an eighty average last year, Kayla," Mom says. "You're always chatting online or on the phone."

Which implies that I am not being productive.

The truth is, she has no idea what I'm really up to.


I clear my throat and answer, "The Oracle of Dating."

"It's client number zero-two-four."


"You remember me!"

"I do. What can the Oracle do for you?" I scoot over to my computer and open up my PayPal account to see that her five-dollar payment has been received.

"It's about this guy, Shawn, I'm dating. I hate going out in public with him."

A case of total butt ugly, perhaps?

"Why's that, Sabrina?"

"He always embarrasses me somehow. Like when we went to the school dance Friday night, he was dancing like a maniac. Everybody was staring at him."

"He's a really bad dancer?"

"The worst. It's not just that. Wherever we go, he says

or does something dumb. But when we're alone, he's really sweet!"

"Mmm-hmm." Listening noises are very important.

"What do you think I should do?"

"Have you talked to him about this?"

"Yeah, but he doesn't get it."

"I have another question for you, Sabrina. Do you love him?"

"I wouldn't go that far. We've only been dating for a couple of months."

"Why not find a guy who wouldn't embarrass you in public?"

"It's not so easy getting a boyfriend. He's only the second one I've ever had."

As I well know. Sabrina's been calling me to discuss every crush and flirtation in the past six months.

"Ask yourself this. Are you with him because you really like him, or because you like having a boyfriend?"

"Er, maybe the second thing."

"How would you feel if he answered the question the same way?"

"I wouldn't like it." She sighs. "I guess I have to break up with him?"

I lift the phone away from my ear and pound a tune into my little xylophone.

"The Oracle has spoken."

"Thank you, Oracle. I know it's the right thing to do."

"Good night, Sabrina."

I know what you're thinking. What makes me such an expert on dating? Have I had lots of boyfriends?

Um, no.

There have only been two, and both were disasters. But I've learned from each one, and now I think of them, with total detachment, as Case Study No. 1 and Case Study No. 2. I even made retrospective notes.

Case Study No. 1: 9th Grade, November.

Lead-up to relationship: weeks of note-writing and flirting, a subtle ass-grab at a school dance and a kiss behind the portables.

Relationship length: one month.

Activities: playing video games, kissing in his basement, playing more video games.

Conflict: He often wouldn't answer the phone because he didn't want to interrupt his video game. His gaming addiction resulted in a thumb injury for which medical care was required, and he was unable to hold my hand due to a thumb splint.

Outcome: He didn't see me as a girlfriend, he saw me as a gaming partner, make-out buddy and occasional history tutor. So I gave him an ultimatum: "What do you care about more, me or your video games?" He answered: "They're my thing. I'm a gamer, babe." Babe?

Case Study No. 2: 10th Grade, March.

Lead-up to relationship: I met him at a party. He remembered my name and added me on Facebook. We chatted online for a couple of weeks before he finally asked me out.

Conflict: None. He was totally sweet. Or so I thought.

Outcome: After three weeks of going out and making out, he changed his Facebook picture to one of him kissing another girl. ALL of our friends saw this. I called him immediately: "Are you trying to tell me something?" He answered: "Sorry, I didn't know how else to say it."

My two boyfriend disasters only confirmed what I already knew: teenage guys are less mature than teenage girls. Therefore, if I want to date my equal, I should date a guy who is at least twenty, which I would never do, because what sort of twenty-year-old would want to date someone still in high school?

It would've helped a lot to have someone to talk to during those relationships; someone nonjudgmental and anonymous like the Oracle of Dating would have been perfect. I never laugh at a client's concerns or get too preachy. I wish I could've given myself better advice at the time, but it's hard to see clearly when you're emotionally involved.

I decided there was only one solutionto put off dating until college, when the scales of maturity will start to balance. I simply don't have the emotional resilience to deal with immature high school guys. Which isn't to say I wouldn't change my mind if my ideal guy came along, but statistically, it's highly unlikely.

For those teenage girls who are brave enough to deal with teenage guys, and for anyone else who needs me, the Oracle of Dating is there. I do a lot of research so that I can give sensible advice. When I'm not sure of the answers, I tell my clients the Oracle will have to get back to them so that she can "meditate" on their dilemma. My advice is serious, though I've put "for entertainment purposes only" on my Web site so I don't get sued if something I suggest backfires. With all of this responsibility, I don't have time for a love life, anyway.

Besides, I'm not the one who needs a man, my sister does. Tracey is ten years older than I am, and has been coming to me for advice since I was twelve, often trusting my guy radar more than her own. She's even been afraid to introduce certain guys to me because she knows I'll see what she prefers not to see.

Tracey lives on the Upper East Side—it's about forty minutes from Brooklyn by subway. I usually meet her in Manhattan on weekends for lattes, which she insists on paying for. (She says it's fair, considering I don't charge her for advice.) I've also given lots of free advice to her friends. It was actually her best friend, Corinne, who called me the Oracle in the first place. After that, the name stuck.

Nothing would make me happier than to find a great match for Tracey. She's an amazing sister, and never makes me feel like a pain when I call her. She's kind, hardworking and selflesssometimes to a faultand I won't let her settle for anything less than she deserves. In any other city, she'd have been snatched up by some wonderful guy already, but New York is tricky, since there are far more single women than men, and the dating culture is downright strange. Since she's twenty-six now, I figure she has another few years of trying to find a good man before I'll suggest more extreme measures.

By extreme measures I mean going to Alaska. I see nothing wrong with that. People move for their careers—why not to find a man? In some parts of Alaska, single men outnumber women ten to one. Tracey would have absolutely no trouble finding a guy there. And I think an Alaskan manbig, strong, not afraid of bugs or heavy liftingwould complement Tracey's personality. The only problem is that she'd be so far away! I guess she'd have to convince her Alaskan man to move to, say, rural Vermont. Because Alaska is just the wrong time zone.

True, there's still a great woman-to-man ratio in the Silicon Valley in California, but I'd prefer she didn't marry a high-tech guy. Dad is in tech, and I don't want Tracey to end up with a guy like him. He and Mom divorced ten years ago, and since then, he's reverted back to the lifestyle he was meant for: the lifestyle of a bachelor. He's traveled the world with his company, living in Singapore, Johannesburg, Berlin and now in Ottawa, Canada. We only see him a couple of times a year, Christmas and summer vacation. And that's fine with me.

I remember the day he left. Mom and Dad sat down with Tracey and me, explaining that he was going to move out. Tracey didn't argue. I think she was sick to death of the fighting. But not me. I thought they should make it work. I used any rationale available to my six-year-old brain to stop them from breaking up. And when none of my arguments worked, I started to cry.

The truth is, Mom and Dad were a disaster from the start. I'm surprised Mom didn't see through his hollow charm right away, but I guess she was young and innocent, and trusted love. Too bad no one had the guts to stand up at the speak now or forever hold your peace part of their wedding, since the only things they had in common—good looks and ridiculous eighties hair—were not enough for a happily ever after.

It's a windy Sunday and I get off the 6 train at Seventy-seventh Street and Lexington to meet Tracey at Starbucks. I see all of the Sunday couples walking around holding hands. Sunday couples are young couples who stay over Saturday night (if you know what I mean) and have carefully assembled designer sweats, sneakers and baseball caps to wear on Sundays. They always look freshly showered and slightly hungover and you find them ordering greasy breakfasts at Second Avenue diners before spending their afternoons browsing shops, buying artwork for their tiny apartments and crowding neighborhood cafés so that I can hardly ever get a seat.

Tracey is looking beautiful today, though she has puffiness under her eyes, indicating that she either slept too little or too much. She has rich dark hair the color of a flourless chocolate cake and shining brown eyes to match. Her cheeks are slightly pink from the windy day, and her complexion is flawless. At five-nine, she's four inches taller than me, giving a sleek elegance to her figure that many girls would kill for.

As for me, I've inherited my dad's Shredded Wheat colored hair and my mom's hazel eyes, which are mistaken for green or brown depending on the day, light conditions and my mood.

Today Tracey is wearing fresh unscuffed New Balance sneakers. Sunday is the only day of the week you won't find her in heels of at least two inchesan error in judgment, IMO, since it tends to narrow her pool of possible guys to those five-eleven and above. But I guess that's her choice, her preference being men over six feetnot always easy to find unless you're in Denmark or Norway.

She gives me a big hug and two European cheek kisses, and I know I'll have to take my compact out to see what lipstick smudges she left.

At the counter, we're served by a skinny guy we privately nicknamed Pip. He's there every weekend and talks like Mickey Mouse.

"Tall soy iced Tazo chai latte," he says to the huge guy behind the espresso machine.

"Tall soy iced Tazo chai latte," the huge guy repeats in a booming voice.

"Uh, no foam, please," Tracey adds.

Pip turns to me. "Miss?"

"I'll have a tall soy latte." (Lactose intolerance runs in the family, if you haven't guessed.)

We find a little table on the upper level in the midst of several twentysomethings on laptops.

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The Oracle of Dating (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
mdtwilighter on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The story follows in the footsteps of 17 year old Kayla, aka the oracle of dating. She's a junior in high school who keeps a website called The Oracle of Dating, where she gives dating and relationship advice for a small fee. She not only deals with other people's relationship issues, but a few of her own. I liked the book. I liked the whole idea and I loved Kayla. I felt like the book was really in touch with teenagers in many ways that made it feel realistic. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for some refreshingly different teenager chick lit.
slay621 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A great concept and probably perfect for pre-teens and teenagers. I would have no problem giving this book to my 15 year old sister to read. The story was slightly predictable, but overall a fun, quick read. The "Oracle" also gives good decent dating advice for teens!
theepicrat on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A pretty cute book with a pretty neat character who has a pretty cool website going on! When Kayla manages to pull together a speed-dating fundraiser at school, I thought that was pretty awesome! Nothing too deep and forever, but what a fun idea! The only thing that troubled me was when Kayla and her friends went "clubbing" with fake IDs - call me old-fashioned or what-have-you, but I wish there were other healthier and safer things that they could be doing!
ReDefiningAwesome on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was a cute, fun read. I think it would be a hit with younger teens, but is still enjoyable for older teens and maybe even some adults. It was modern, and had references to books, blogs, facebook, and other things that teens use and enjoy today. The main character Kayla and her friends talk like real teens, and not like cliche teenagers that unfortunately many books and movies have. As the title says, it is a book about dating. There is relavant and realistic dating advice offered in the story that is actually helpful.
BookSwarm on LibraryThing 5 months ago
REVIEW: In the mood for a fun beach read? Check out THE ORACLE OF DATING. The main character, Kayla, is all about helping people with their love lives and she's pretty good at it, handing out love and dating advice to her older sister and people who visit her website (no one but her sister knows Kayla's The Oracle and she wants to keep it that way). She works hard to give good advice to those who IM, email or call her (at $5 a pop--she's hoping this hobby will get her out of a crappy job and soon), though she doesn't really see the repercussions of her advice until she gives advice to one of her best friends.Kayla gives tons of good dating advice (as posted on her blog), some of which is based on her past experiences, some is based on books she's read and, later in the book, Kayla's posts started reflecting her real life. Like when her crush, Jared, starts seeing someone else, she posts "Lovesickness: You Want Who You Can't Have". Or, after her first date with Jared, he doesn't kiss her and she's left wondering if it really was a date or if he really likes her, she writes a post entitled "To Kiss or Not to Kiss? The Rules of Kissing on a First Date: A Plea to Guys Everywhere".Jared was a bit of a stereotype--an artsy, I'm-in-a-band kind of guy who acts like the bad boy but is more of a marshmallow inside. However, he grew on me, despite the fact that he was a walking cliche. Another little issue for me in the book was Kayla's older sister, Tracey's plotline. While I think it was in there so the reader would know that Kayla gave good advice but, to me, it was distracting. Written in third person present (the rest of the book was first person present, in Kayla's perspective), Tracey's story didn't seem all that necessary. Kayla, her actions and her friends carried the story well enough on their own.All in all, THE ORACLE is great for a day planted on the beach with a sling chair, a cold lemonade and your toes buried in the sand.Final grade for THE ORACLE OF DATING by Allison van Diepen: 85/B256 pagesYA contemporary romanceAvailable nowE-Galley provided by netGalley and Harlequin
librarianm on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Who would you turn to if you needed dating advice? The teens at Kayla¿s school turn to ¿The Oracle.¿ But, exactly who is ¿The Oracle?¿Michaela (Kayla) runs a website and blog called The Oracle of Dating where for $5 she dispenses dating advice via phone call, email or instant message. No one knows that she¿s the Oracle and Kayla would like to keep it that way. Despite the fact that she gives relationship advice, Kayla has sworn off dating until college¿until she gets to know Jared and ends up learning that he¿s not the stuck up snob she thought he was. After a disastrous bit of advice gets ones of her best friends grounded for six weeks, Kayla decides the Oracle should close up shop. Is this the end of Oracle or will she make a return appearance when Kayla needs a bit of her own advice?I¿m definitely not in the target audience for Oracle of Dating, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story and characters. Kayla is a fun, smart, no nonsense main character. She has a very diverse group of friends, who while secondary characters were all unique and really helped to make Kayla a well-rounded character. Kayla is also close with her older sister, Tracey, to whom she gives lots of dating advice. They¿re roles are almost reversed here with Kayla being persistent about the type of gut Tracey should date. There is also a nice side story with Kayla and her stepdad and the two of them getting closer. So the author has made very sure that the reader knows that Kayla¿s life is more than just school and the eventual love interest. It was enjoyable reading a book that did not include a love triangle as a major piece of the plot. In fact, it was clear from the start who Kayla¿s love interest would be, the reader can figure it out before Kayla. However, how they finally end up together was not very predictable. The twists and turns that kept the two of them apart are very realistic and teen readers will be able to connect with the story and what Kayla went through. I also really liked how throughout the whole story, Kayla has a lot of people she can go to for advice, but in the end she realizes that she should take her own advice. ***The next paragraph contains a spoiler***The cover makes The Oracle of Dating look like it might be a middle grades novel, but a majority of the characters are juniors and seniors in high school and with that comes some discussion about sex. There is one part where a character uses sex as a way to get his girlfriend to break up with him that will cause younger reader to maybe ask questions. So, while I wouldn¿t have a problem handing this book to a 13 or 14 year old, I¿m not sure that I would recommend it to anyone younger than that.***end of spoiler warning***Overall, The Oracle of Dating was a quick, fun, quirky read.
ashcro85 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The book was fine. It did not pull me in, and I found myself pulling my way through the read, rather than taking the time to enjoy it. The characters were a bit too superficial, and it made it difficult for me to really get through the book. I was hoping I would enjoy it more than I did.It's not a bad read, and if the book interests you enough, then by all means still give it a try. If you're waffling on this one, it's probably a book you can give a pass.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was a very cute and funny read. I really enjoyed reading this book. And on the plus side, I learn a few new things.Kayla has a secret. She runs her own web site, helping out other people by giving them advice in their relationship problem. Until that is she lets her own relationship problems get in the way of her work. And someone discovers her secret....Kayla is very mature for her age. I love the rules she set up for herself in order to avoid confilt with her website. She reads a lot and has a very good open relationship with her mother. I love how she was able to talk to her and not be afraid. She was also this way with her sister.I like the romance issue in this book. Everyone knows mixing work with relationship doesn't always flow well, but Jared is an acception. He was very smart and figure out things right away. I like his openedness towards her and how they were able to just be themselves with each other. With everything that Jared went through, he never allowed that to bring him down. He was a good student and worked hard.I love that this book had some great relationship advice. I learned quite a bit and wish this book was published sooner when I need some advice. It had some curse words, talk about sex, etcIt was cute, fun, easy read.
jonilee73 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Great teen novel! This is a very light read, there is no drama or anything. A perfect lazy day kind of book. It reminded me a lot of how it felt to be a teenager. I wish I could have been more like Kayla! She is such a strong girl, so sure of herself. She gives amazing love advice on her website, or through clients calling her on her own seperate phone line. But when she gives advice to one of her best friends that winds up hurting her, Kayla begins to doubt herself and shuts down her website. Throughout the book, Kayla also is battling with her attraction to the new guy at school, Jared. I loved Jared! He was just so likeable and I was cheering on Kayla to just go for it and date him throughout the entire book. If you like novels with real life, heavy issues, you may not like this book. Like I said, it is a light read about the adventures of high school. But if you want a fast read, one that will keep you in a good mood and let you escape to another world for a while, this is a good book.
AmyLynn on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In the beginning, Kayla reads as a fill-in for the author's dating advice. Throughout the book, the reader sees Kayla's role as the oracle is a way of distancing herself from relationships due to some bad first attempts and distrust due to her divorced father and sister's taste in men.The love interest kept me reading, the redeemable bad boy Kayla promises herself she won't date, over and over again she promises, and yet she hopes. The story came to a satisfying conclusion, and I wonder if van Diepen has any more self assured teenage heroines waiting to come to press.I'd say this book appeals to a younger audience than the cast of characters. 12 year old girls dream of what high school and 16 look like, and van Diepen gives a tantalizing glimpse of what high school can be, for those of us who can resist our own impulses.
amymyoung on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Oracle of DatingI've been wanting to get back into reading Young Adult books for a while. I received this via LibraryThing EarlyReviewers, so I popped it onto my PRS-700 and spent a day taking a read.The negatives:It initially reads like a Proctor and Gamble ad, well, like ad copy over all for a while. I really don't give a crap if her sister is wearing New Balance or Nikes, really. Sneakers, running shoes, runners - that's fine for me.The Positives:It was an enjoyable read. The characters, especially Michaela were very well written and realistic, and the whole scenario that they went through throughout the book rung very true with my own teen experience - which wasn't that long ago - and had me smiling though out. It was a short, enjoyable read, nothing too deep, but still entertaining and well written - and I'll likely pick up a copy of it independently and it's sequels (it's the first book in a new series).
bbricke on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Enjoyable read although it wasn't one of those books that pull you in like a lot of the other YA books I read. Reading this book shows me all to well that I am an adult. I would think that my teen daughter would love this story so I am passing it on to her. This was a fun, light read but not one that I think I would reread anytime soon.
HollyHelvetica on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Oracle of Dating has a very clever plot as others had mentioned, but I found the story to go by rather slowly. It seemed cliched and the writing didn't feel as optimum as it could be. For example, the writer used a lot of tags instead of beats. I couldn't really feel or have an experience while I was reading this novel. The dialogue also seemed forced at times. I think these are just technical gliches to edit if this does get published. It would be good for younger adults ranging in the ages of 12-16. It seemed more like a preteen read and didn't hold my interest very well. Other than that, it has potential, but the way it is now really didn't have anything special that gave it a really original and unique flavor. 3 Stars.
jjameli on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I¿ve read many good reviews of The Oracle of Dating, so naturally I was excited read this one. I liked The Oracle of Dating, but I wasn¿t ga-ga over it. For some reason it came off childish to me. The advice, the Oracle, all seemed funny, and not in a great way. I cant see someone paying five bucks to get advice from someone who plays the xylophone and says the Oracle has spoken. I would have liked it much better if there was no oracle. The back and forth flirting between Kayla and Jared was cute, and very believable. The Oracle wasn¿t a bust, I just could have done without Kayla being the know all of dating. I¿m in the fence with this one, I don¿t know if I liked it or just didn¿t. Another thing I enjoyed was Kayla sister¿s dating woes. They were very entertaining.
tallgurrl01 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was an interesting read. I would recommend it to others, though I found some of the metaphors not applicable to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though i oy read the sample i think that this book is a wonerful book im glad i read it.let me tell you a story of what happened with my relationship. Wellme and my ex boyfriend innosence got together on august 23,2013.we had the best reationship we almost always were together and we had tons of things in common.he would call me or i would call him on the weekends.we always told our friends that we would be together so long tjat we would get married.well we were bolth wrong about that because.......... On december 9th,2013 mone week before my birthday.he boke up with me.he didnt bother to tell me instead my bestfriend and my friends all told me about it. Later that night i decided to call him and ask him why he broke up with me.he didnt want to tell me.the next there was a rumor going around that i cheated on him with some guy named cruz tjat i dont even know.i was so mad because he believed it.we became friends like three days later. The weekend came and i t was a day before my birhday and we were talking on the phone and before we hung up he said that he doesnt think that we should be ever scence then we havent actualy talked to each other.but i have 1st period with him and he sit where he can clearly see me.everdad this girl n scence then he does nothing but stare at me like he wants me back or something. Im like dude you broke up with me it was your decision not mine.i tried calling him today but he forwarded my calls.i guess that this means that it is for real. Its sad because now he is trying to get with my sister sierra and my best friend mackenzie and thi girl named jelissa. It makes sad and deppressed.
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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
This was a very cute and funny read. I really enjoyed reading this book. And on the plus side, I learn a few new things. Kayla has a secret. She runs her own web site, helping out other people by giving them advice in their relationship problem. Until that is she lets her own relationship problems get in the way of her work. And someone discovers her secret.... Kayla is very mature for her age. I love the rules she set up for herself in order to avoid confilt with her website. She reads a lot and has a very good open relationship with her mother. I love how she was able to talk to her and not be afraid. She was also this way with her sister. I like the romance issue in this book. Everyone knows mixing work with relationship doesn't always flow well, but Jared is an acception. He was very smart and figure out things right away. I like his openedness towards her and how they were able to just be themselves with each other. With everything that Jared went through, he never allowed that to bring him down. He was a good student and worked hard. I love that this book had some great relationship advice. I learned quite a bit and wish this book was published sooner when I need some advice. It had some curse words, talk about sex, etc It was cute, fun, easy read.
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Aik More than 1 year ago
The Oracle of Dating is an adorable young adult novel! It has a set of great characters, an interesting storyline, and some really cool dating advices! It's better than I'd expected! Kayla is an ordinary girl who has had two disastrous relationships before. She cleverly uses her knowledge about love relationships to create a website specialized to help teens in their love life. She is the oh-so-famous Oracle of Dating, and no one even knows it. She has a serious crush on fellow art class classmate, Jared, but is unsure about how he feels for her. Her best friend Viv is an Indian girl whose her parents will only let her date an Indian boy. The problem is, she is in love with a guy with white skin, and she doesn't know what to do. And so, she consults The Oracle of Dating. Kayla, being so excited about her friend's feelings, urges her to follow her heart. And so Viv does. When Viv's parents know about this, they decides to ground her for 6 weeks and Kayla starts to blame herself for this. Kayla, being a sister, is very protective of her older sister Tracey, who has been hurt a lot of times in love relationships. Kayla also gives advices to her sister and I can see that she really cares about Tracey. She can be pejorative sometimes, especially when it comes to love relationships. I love to see how Kayla's character grows as she learns about the things in life. I also enjoyed the presence of Jared because he sounds so amazing and is just the perfect match for Kayla. He is not a pushy or possessive guy, but acts just nice - like a friend, with a liking and closeness that is not overboard. They are such a sweet couple! :) Through this book, I can see that the author does have a great sense of humour. I laughed when I read this book because the descriptions of the scenes and the character's inner thoughts are quite hilarious sometimes. As most young adult novels, this book has no lacking of popular but mean characters. Overall, this was a fun, absorbing and out of the ordinary book. I'm now patiently waiting for the sequel, The Oracle Rebounds! I certainly won't miss it!