Saturday, June 30, 2012
Guest Post- Ann Weir's review of Teresa Toten's Me and the Blondes
Me and the Blondes is an upbeat story filled with charming and likable characters. Sophie is smart, mature and imaginative. Sophie’s mother and her group of aunties stand out as funny, loving and unashamed of who they are. Although much of the novel comes across as light-hearted, the author doesn’t shy away from difficult topics such as Sophie’s anger with her father for the pain his imprisonment causes her mother, her coming of age and her guilt and shame at lying to her new friends. This girl struggles, despite being “in” with the Blondes, who have actually turned out to be good kids and great friends. But in the end, Sophie stays true to herself, successfully deals with a bunch of things and moves forward. This is a good book for tween girls, and their parents.