“This was a decent book. It's funny, cute, and enjoyable. But it's not great. A few things really stood out to me, which I didn't like.
For starters, I found the narrator, Sam, to be quite annoying at times. She's in love with her older sister's boyfriend, and while that in itself isn't a problem, the way Sam acts is. She's determined that Jack, her sister's boyfriend, is in love with her, too, but doesn't realize it yet. She talks constantly about this, and how he's her soul mate, and everything about him is perfect, and as soon as he realizes is they'll live together happily ever after.
This is something Sam constantly goes on and on about, and there were many times I just wanted to yell at her to get over herself. Also, Jack isn't the greatest sort of guy. He's a rebellious teenager who does things like shooting out windows of his dad's medical practice office, because they use medicines which test on animals. He's determined that all authority is out to get him and squash his creativity as an artist, and anyone who disagrees with him is just wrong, and brainwashed.
And yet Sam fully supports him, without ever thinking about it. Later in the book, David, the son of the president, points out that it's stupid to shoot out the windows, because although it tests on animals, the medicine saves human lives. Sam realizes that she never thought about it, she just supported it because it was something Jack did.
Also, Sam goes into her art class prepared to hate it, primarily because of what Jack said. Although she partially doesn't want to take class, because she feels she already knows how to draw, she's mainly thinking about how the teacher just wants to squash her creativity by telling her to draw what she sees. Sam argues that Picasso, a great artist, clearly didn't draw what he saw, so why should see? But she never actually thinks about her arguments, because David points out that Picasso spent a long time learning how to draw what he saw, and then he started to experiment with bending rules.
Another thing which bothered me is when Sam goes to eat dinner at the White House. I found it extremely immature that she piled all the food she didn't like into her napkin. I get that she's a picky eater, and doesn't like much aside from hamburgers, but it's a huge honor to dine with the President, but she doesn't treat it like that, and instead acts immature and bratty.
Sam is 15 years old, and although I'm only one year older than her, I felt much older when I read the book. It's not a good sign if readers the same age as your heroine feel far older and more mature.
All of that being said, it's not a bad book. There are enjoyable moments, too, and I found it to be a decently fun book. I may be older than the intended audience for the book, which might be part of what bothered me. I think it could be more enjoyable for younger girls. For me, it was only so-so.”
Moonflower wrote this review Saturday, May 5, 2012.