Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Review: Fancy White Trash

Fancy White Trash by Marjetta Geerling
3 stars

Reasons for reading: the cover; thought it sounded good when I ordered it for the library; last book of the Young Adult Challenge

Description: " "If only life were as easy as your sisters." Abby's heard that one before. And it's true - Shelby and Kait aren't exactly prim and proper. Abby is determined not to follow in their footsteps, so she has created the One True Love Plan. The most important part of the plan is Rule #1: Find Someone New. This means finding a guy who hasn't already dated Shelby or Kait. But when Abby starts falling for the possible father of Kait's baby, she has to figure out if some rules are meant to be broken." "

My thoughts: Wow, the title certainly delivers - this novel is full of white trashiness! Abby's mother and two sisters have all slept with the same man, Steve the guitar player. Her mom is now married to him. And pregnant by him with her 4th child. Her sister Kait's newborn baby is most likely (but maybe not...) his, too. The Jerry Springer aspects were entertaining and different, especially for a YA novel. Abby's 5 rules of the One True Love Plan have been developed by watching soap operas (to which she refers a lot - usually to the biggest cliches out there, which is fun) and from watching her mother and sisters and deciding to do exactly the opposite of what they do around men. Adding to the drama are the fact that Abby's best friend Cody is gay but won't admit it and the guy she's falling for is his brother, Jackson.

The whole thing is a little over the top, but it was an enjoyable, quick read. All of the sleeping around plus a scene where Cody is pelted with butt plugs make this a book for older teens, definitely. But Jackson is rather swoon-worthy, Cody's a great friend and I admired Abby for wanting to escape but still loving her crazy family.

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