Sunday, March 8, 2009

What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook

What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook

Released: January 2009
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary 
Pages: 307
Source: Bought

Rating: ♥♥♥

Thou Shall Not Kiss Thy Best Friend's Boyfriend...again...

There is no greater sin than kissing your best friend's boyfriend. So when Emma breaks the golden rule, she knows she's messed up big time. Especially since she lives in the smallest town ever, where everyone knows everything about everybody else...and especially since she maybe kinda wants to do it again. Now her best friend isn't speaking to her, her best guy friend is making things totally weird, and Emma is running full speed toward certain social disaster. This is not the way way senior year was supposed to go.

Time to pray for a minor miracle. Or maybe, just maybe, it's time for Emma to stop trying to please everyone around her, and figure out what she wants for herself.


The whole Are You There God? vibe is what caught me from the very first page. The back of the cover had me thinking that this book might be some kind of love story dealing with the best friend's boyfriend, but it's so much more than that.

I could relate to Emma in many ways. I know the feeling of growing up in a small knit community that is stuck in the middle of the Bible Belt where everyone knows your business. If they don't know it, they make it up. The questioning of faith, and the desperate need to get out of there, wanting way more than the place can offer you. Even if that means leaving your friends and family behind.

The other characters in this book...well, let's just say if I could somehow morph into it, I would slap a few of them silly. i.e. Darci. Through the story, even Emma's friends (okay, sure she did kiss her best friends boyfriend, but they're all trying to move past that in a sense), aren't in my eyes the greatest of friends when it comes to things that Emma wants or is doing for herself. That's one thing I enjoyed about Emma's character is that even though she gets annoyed by thing, she takes people for who they are.

This book had parts were I got irritated (by characters, not the writing), laughed, loved every moment of the sass, and overall the story behind it. Stand up for yourself, no matter what people say. I hope there is another follow up to Emma's story, because for me there were too many loose ends, and plus I just would love to read more on the genuine character she is.


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