This book by Lauren Myracle sat around my house until yesterday - and then I picked it up because it was due at the library today and I wanted to get through it quickly....I will say I was very happily surprised by how much I liked this book. Initially I thought this book was just going to be teeny-bopper chick lit without much substance to it at all. I used to really like chick lit, and I still read it sometimes, but I usually read something a little bit in the women's fiction category than chick lit. And as far as YA books go, I love historical fiction. Anyway, while the cover does sort of seem like the book is more on the "fluff" end of things, the story has a bit more to it than that.
Carly has returned from a summer of doing volunteer work to her home in a rich suburb of Atlanta. While she was away her younger sister, Anna, has grown up a lot (one of the most obvious ways is the fact that she has developed quite a bit which everyone notices). While Carly has come home with the desire to be a more "real" person instead of getting sucked into the lifestyle her friends and sister lead- thinking of little more than boys and clothes - she finds it is difficult to be the older sister to her bombshell sibling, and finds herself moving away from some friends she grew up with. Carly has a few boy problems of her own, and while the flap of this book touts the fact that this book is about sisters and the relationship between them (which it is) , it is also a pretty good book about self esteem and body image issues.
I thoroughly enjoyed this young adult book, and was happy to discover that Myracle has written several other books I have not yet had the pleasure of reading. To find out more about Lauren Myracle visit her website.