Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Triple Shot Bettys in Love by Jody Gehrman

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From the back of the ARC:

Geena is freaking out. Afte five perfect months with Ben, he suddenly want to be way more physical. She's just not ready for that.

And then there's Amber, who has a crush on Mr. Sands, Geena’s delectably hot and brilliant English teacher (who just happen to speak to Geena's soul!). Amber needs Geena's help talking to him because he’s such an intellectual. Geena finds herself writing MySpace messages and texts to Mr. Sands under Amber's name--and he writes back! Geena’s just doing it for Amber (sort of), so it’s not technically cheating on Ben . . . right?

The reason I included this book in Girl Week is because its predecessor, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, was an entertaining and, more importantly, subversive novel, featuring an awesome revert-double-standards prank at the end. There’s no encore of said insurgent prank here, granted, but that’s okay, because the motifs explore here, like Geena’s confusion about Ben and Amber’s infatuation with her teacher? They’re rooted in the underlying insecurity we crazy, neurotic girls feel toward ourselves and those around us and what we are and aren’t capable of.

That, I think, is what makes this one different than Confessions: the first was fun and bold and empowering, whereas In Love digs deeper, carries a more serious tone, and will ultimately register with its readers in a way Confessions didn’t (and couldn’t).

If you haven’t read Confessions, I suggest you do, especially if you like feel-good feminist tropes that depict a scorned heroine (or in its case, many scorned girls) plotting to countermand the “slut” hypocrisy (which Stephanie Kuehnert actually did a popular guest blog on).

If you have read Confessions, you’ll probably like this followup. Even if a bit darker than the first was, it’s still got its hilarious moments. You *might* miss Hero and become just a smidgen annoyed at how she only appears as guardian-angel figure guiding Geena in the right direction, but Amber and Geena more than make up for her absence, methinks.

Anyway, if you want to read these, read them in order. B

This title will be released on January 22nd, 2009. For more information, click here.

Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty is already available in paperback, for those interested.
Girl Week is a week-long event here on the blog celebrating strong YA heroines and feminism. Find out more about it here.

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Rowena said...

Hmmm, I am definitely putting this on my list of books to read soon, thanks for the review...when does it come out?

Steph said...

Crap forgot to include that in. January 22nd :)


Alea said...

Ahhhhhh! The first one just came out in paperback. I need to buy it! I'm really excited about these! And the covers make me happy, sort of like I'm floating on a candy cloud!

ellie_enchanted said...

I really need to read Confessions. But I might as well own this one first, right? =)

Alessandra said...

I love the cover of this. And I need to read Confessions before reading this!

Anonymous said...

I definitely have to get to the first book before I read this one. =)
Sounds like an easy and fun read though.

jocelyn said...

It's rare to find a sequel better than (or even as good as) the first book! Which I still need to read....

Amee said...

Yeah, this is definitely more serious than the first but I loved it just the same. :)

Sarah Woodard said...

The cover is cute.

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