Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Plan B Review
PUBLISHER: Lerner Publishing Group
PUBLISH DATE: March 1, 2011
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand alone (Part of a high school series though about different students, I believe)
OUTLINE: Lucy has her life planned out: she'll graduate and then join her boyfriend, Luke, at college in Austin. She'll become a Spanish teacher and of course they'll get married. So there's no reason to wait, right? They try to be careful. But then Lucy gets pregnant. Now, none of Lucy's options are part of her picture-perfect plan. Together, she and Luke will have to make the most difficult decision of their lives.
"This is intriguing to me because I work at a pharmacy and one of our drugs is called Plan B, and well I won't say what it's for you can look it up, but my mind set went straight to that as being what the story might be about so I guess I'll find out. "
This was my first thought when I saw this as a book I could get from Netgalley. So of course I requested to read it, and now that I have I can say that on some level I guess that is what the book is about, but more then that. You could also gather from reading it that it might be about having to make choices in your life. Hints-the Plan A..Plan B sort of thing. (It also helps that the outline tells you it too. :) )
I read this in a few hours because it is such a small book. I liked the idea behind the book, but then again there's probably quite a few that are like it out there somewhere. (I'll have to do some research). It follows the MC Lucy in kind of a day to day life with her friends, mom, and boyfriend. After awhile it gets kind of reptitive. I mean how much school, work, home, boyfriend, and friends can you take? You eventually know that things are going to happen between certain characters, but until then..nothing really. The characters weren't to bad they seemed like they could be normal people, but they didn't have that something to make me feel connected to them. I did like Lucy's little obession with making lists though it gave her some kind of quirk. Then there was her boyfriend he was pretty much as generic as they come. Why are they always popular and atheletic? (Sorry) Then you had her friends Trez and Cate one who had and on/off again relationship and the other who didn't have one at all. Just your regular type friends, and for her to take awhile to tell them her secrets. I don't know I mean if they're your friends why hide it from them. It was a typical family too just her and her mother. (No father because he left while her mother was pregnant with her) Does it count that I liked a few of the characters names? They were different like-Trez (It makes me think of my sleeping med Trazadone. I call it Traz. Thought I'd add that tid-bit.) You know you haven't seen that kind of name before. The little girls name that came for dance lessons Tierney. I thought was cute.
I wasn't happy with the ending either because it did just that it ended leaving me with more questions as to what happened with the choices Lucy and Luke made then answers. How did they handle the situation? What were their friends thoughs? Parents thoughts? I guess I would have like to known more after the incident happened.
So for this one to actually standout it needed something more. Plain and simple. When I read I like to have some detail. Like I said...answers to some questions would of helped me with closure to the story of Luke and Lucy. Now I'm going to be wondering. :(
Remember this is just my opinion what doesn't work for me may very well work for you. :) So give it a shot.
-Ms. OCD has another list going..on a friday afternoon. (Cate)
So what if I like list? Nobody could ruin my mood. (Lucy)
-Reason 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 are Luke (Trez)
-What are you going to take? Boyfriend 101? Summer School Sex? (Lucy)
I give it 2 1/2 stars it was almost enough that I could have liked it to read it again on an off day of reading, but not so much.