Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Ducking from reviews

I'm finally breathing easier. I think I've somehow ducked under Mrs. Giggles' radar. I had been living in fear since CT Fashionista came out that she would find it and trash it. Not that I don't respect Mrs. Giggles. I think her reviews are always entertaining and often brilliant. And she always defends her statements quite well, I think.

That said, I don't think it's a book she'd particularly care for and I was petrified to find out the details as to why. At the same time, I'm a bit disapointed, as I think it would have been fascinating, in a perverse sort of way, to see my work be torn apart section by section. Ah well. Maybe she will discover me next July when next adult romance comes out. And hey - that one may be a little bit more up her alley. (I hope!)

In the meantime, since we're talking reviews, I received an excellent review today for SK8ER BOY.

Good girl Dawn Miller has been living under her father's guidance for way too long. She's signed up for a bajillion after-school activities in an attempt to make it into her father's alma mater. She hangs out with the totally trendy Populars, who only acknowledge the presence of those who wear pink. And she's dated the rich, popular jocks - such as the current bore, Brent Baker III - who are more obnoxious than a five-year-old kid on a sugar high. Just for once, Dawn wants to see what it's like to live her life by her own rules. She wants to see what it's like to leave behind the good girl persona, and embrace the life of a bad girl. One who meets all kinds of cool new people, like Starr, the headmaster's totally punk-rock daughter; and pierces her bellybutton without permission. She wants to date a hot skater boy from the wrong side of the tracks whom her parents hate, and fall in love via text messaging with said skater boy. And this year, that's exactly what Dawn plans on doing...

Amazing. That's the only way to describe Mari Mancusi's SK8ER BOY. SK8ER BOY contains all the elements that will make pre-teen and teen girls rush out to bookstores to get their hands on Mancusi's debut: rebellion, hot guys, pierced bellybuttons, and text messaging. Each character possesses their own look-at-me attention-grabbing antics that will keep readers turning pages, and begging for more. Featuring actual text messages between Dawn and her skater boy, Sean, that will make readers think of the Hilary Duff/Chad Michael Murray romance depicted
in the movie A CINDERELLA STORY, SK8ER BOY is a marvelous book that must hold a place in everyone's library.

Isn't that great! I'm sooo psyched she liked it!!! I hope everyone does as this book is semi-autobiographical and thus holds a special place in my heart. :)



Diana Peterfreund said...

Great review, Marianne. You have to put "Amazing." on all your covers from now on! I'd have it tattooed on me!

Marianne Mancusi said...

Thanks D -

I'll write it over the "I suck" tattoo I got this summer during months of writer's block. :P