Thursday, February 23, 2012


So many books attempt what this adorable book succeeds at doing for the reader. It plops you right in the head of a loveable character and reminds you what it was really like to be 14. I loved this. Ricky Jo is adorable and strong, but still young and stupid. I found myself wanting to stand up and cheer for her when things were going well and hide under a rock with her when she was humiliated. I would love this book to become a series, because it would be a treat to see Ricky Jo or Erica as she wants to be called, grow up.

Fourteen-year-old Kentucky girl Ricki Jo Winstead, who would prefer to be called Ericka, thank you very much, is eager to shed her farmer's daughter roots and become part of the popular crowd at her small town high school. She trades her Bible for Seventeen magazine, buys new "sophisticated" clothes and somehow manages to secure a tenuous spot at the cool kids table. She's on top of the world, even though her best friend and the boy next door Luke says he misses "plain old Ricki Jo."

Caught between being a country girl and wannabe country club girl, Ricki Jo begins to forget who she truly is: someone who doesn't care what people think and who wouldn't let a good-looking guy walk all over her. It takes a serious incident out on Luke's farm for Ricki Jo to realize that being a true friend is more important than being popular.

I recommended this to my librarian and she told me yesterday that she was loving it.

Read more about it on goodreadsHERE.

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