Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Review: THE NEW GIRL by Tracie Puckett

The FIRST in a FIVE-PART series.

Seventeen-year-old Steph has her heart set on a new beginning… for the eleventh time. A move to Webster Grove introduces her to a new school, new friends, and new experiences— including a few tender glances from her sexy English teacher. After signing up for a costuming position on the school production of Romeo and Juliet, co-directed by none other than the gorgeous Mr. Rivera, Steph soon learns the difficulties of withstanding the pursuit of forbidden love.

My thoughts: There’s a new girl at Webster Grove. Her name was A-B-C-D-E-F (“Step” for short)—an unusual name. She was a shy, lovely, smart artist, who had a crush on her popular and respected English teacher, Mr. Rivera. Her mother has been running from her abusive father all her life, hence, the constant moving from place to place. But with Mr. Rivera around, this place may not be all that bad.

What I couldn’t stand about Steph’s mother was how flighty and childish she was. When would she quit picking out these “internet buddies” and settle down into a place? She also couldn’t see all the beauty in Steph. Even with the bun and gaudy glasses, Steph was beautiful. Too bad her mom couldn’t see that, too. But Mr. Rivera did. “Call me Alex,” he told her. He comforted her and listened to her like no one else. There was something going on there. Something was going to happen, I predicted. I was actually looking forward to a steamy affair between them (even though that would've been gross and extremely inappropriate); but I guess everything happens (or doesn't happen) for a reason. I honestly felt the ending was a tad anti-climactic and coincidental.

I loved Steph! She had the shy sarcasm going on! She was a likable character that I may follow in the Webster Grove series. I’d like to see if Mr. Rivera comes back.

My rating: 4 stars


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