Monday, January 31, 2011
Review: The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
Author: Suzanne Young
Who Should Read It? This book is for ALL lovers of YA - Seriously! ALL!
What I Have to Say:
I'm not really in the habit of giving books 5 stars, especially if they are your typical, run-of-the-mill YA novel like the Naughty List is. And probably the Naughty List doesn't actually deserve my 5 star rating, as there's nothing overwhelming deep or wonderful or profound about it - nothing to make it stand out as that shining star of a YA book that should be teaching lots of lessons and winning lots of rewards.
And yet - it was, hands down, the most readable YA novel I have read in a long time. It was sexy and flirty and fun and adorable and light and oh so utterly readable. It's got cheerleaders acting like no other cheerleaders you've ever known (if you're one of those cheerleader haters, the Naughty List, with it's super spies uncovering cheater boys at every turn, you might just have to rethink your cheerleader stance), sweet, wonderfully lovable boys mixed up with all the cheaters, and killer friendships.
This book is fluff, there are no two ways around it, but it's got enough strength of character and character development, along with creative writing style and adorable plot, to make you not feel like you've just wasted two hours filling your head with nothing. It also head on approaches cheating for the horrible, negative thing that it really is, and I've rarely read another book that does that. I love Young's way of attempting to create a new language for her characters - it's so strawberry smoothie! I love how Tessa and Aiden are so whipped cream. I also love that there is more to Tessa than one would ever imagine in the beginning. She seems so strong and put together, but as was inevitably the case, she is actually created from an innumerable number of layers. And I can't wait to get to know her better in the next books in the series.
Anyhow, loved this book! For serious! Read it, and you won't be disappointed!
Summary: As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn't enough responsibility! Tessa Crimson's the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad—turned—spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn't be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!
When Tessa's own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa's sneaky ways end in catastrophe?
The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?
Cover Story: Seriously, I love pink and turquoise together, so I think this cover is absolutely beautyrific! And then the whole girl on top of guy thing - behind a window. I kind of love it, tp be honest.
Disclosure: I won this book!