19 December 2011

{Book Review} My Own Worst Frenemy

By: Me My Shelf And I | 19 December 2011 at 11:59 PM | | | | | | |


My Own Worst Frenemy
Langdon Prep #1
Author: Kimberly reid
Pages: 256
Published: August 30, 2011
Publisher: KTeen
Rating: 3 Birds

Straight outta the Mile High City, Chanti Evans is an undercover cop's daughter and an exclusive private school's newest student. But Chanti is learning fast that when it comes to con games, the streets have nothing on Langdon Prep.

With barely a foot in the door, fifteen-year-old Chanti gets on the bad side of school queen bee Lissa and snobbish Headmistress Smythe. They've made it their mission to take Chanti down and she needs to find out why, especially when stuff begins disappearing around campus, making her the most wanted girl in school, and not in a good way. But the last straw comes when she and her Langdon crush, the seriously hot Marco Ruiz, are set up to take the heat for a series of home burglaries--and worse. . . .

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We are the 7th stop on The {Teen} Book Scene Blog Tour for Kimberly Reid’s My Own Worst Frenemy. You can check out our first post on this tour, where we did a Ten’s List with Lissa, one of the characters from the novel.

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While I was intrigued and entertained at parts of this book, I found myself more often than not just sort of trudging through it. I was disappointed because when I was offered this read through The {Teen} Book Scene it sounded interesting, and since I’ve been more on a contemporary kick lately as opposed to my normal fantasy reads – I jumped on it.

Now don’t get me wrong, the book wasn’t bad – I think that it just wasn’t for me. The idea behind the book was quite interesting. Chanti’s mom is a vice cop and when she goes to prestigious Langdon Prep and things start going missing, she takes on a little “Nancy Drew” herself to find out who the culprit is. It’s not all for selfless reasons, she’s being framed and she needs to clear her name.

I enjoyed the wise cracking Chanti, she’s my favorite kind of heroine. Quick witted and prone to getting into trouble – much like myself really. LOL. What I felt the book lacked was character development outside of Chanti. Sure, she’s the heroine and essentially the book is about her, but the rest seemed to be second thoughts and this kept me from really enjoying the novel as much as I could have.

Also, little things sat in the back of my mind like, why can she drive when she’s 15? And besides the driving bit, her age to me made it feel very unrealistic and this sat in the back of my head the whole time. I remember what I was like at 15 and thought of all the 15 year olds I do know now and really if she had been 17, the age would have better matched her level of intelligence more spot on. I know, I’m nit-picking and I don’t normally do that.

In the end it’s a 3 Bird for me, I think you should give it a try especially since it’s a mystery and YA doesn’t seem to have a lot of these anymore with the focus more pointed at paranormal fantasy. It’s a fast read, you have the mystery and even the needed romance everyone wants.

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