Monday, November 5, 2007

Anyone But You by Lara Zeises


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (November 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440238587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440238584
  • List Price: $6.50
  • I finished this book Nov. 4
I know my lovelies. You were thinking: "Gee, bee, I wish you'd review some more obscure YA literature, because I can't get enough." And I'm all "No prob, I live to serve." Aren't I sweet like that?
Anyway, first off, here's a list of some character names from this one: Critter, Layla, Jesse and Seattle. My take: someone who's name is Critter is not allowed to be sexy. Ever. Layla is a good name, but is now permanently associates with Eric Clapton's hard on for George Harrison's wife and Seattle, well, they call her Sea for short and that annoys me. Also, Jesse reminds me of Uncle Jesse, and even though I'd make out with John Stamos in real life, ugh.
The story: Seattle's dad sucks at life and briefly dated Layla and then abandoned them, leaving Seattle with Layla with her own biological children, Critter and Jesse. So, even though Sea is not her daughter nurse Layla raises her as though she is. Now Sea is 15 and Critter is 17 and they maybe have the hots for each other. Yeah, this is the Brady Bunch sequel movie in book form. Okay, so, not that dramatic, but they definitely dig each other. And they each have some bizarre other relationship they are working on through the course of the book and neither of them work out. Both of their potential significant others seem odd to me, as in they are not very believable characters. The book makes up for this, though, by having realistic teenage fights and a good single mom character.
So, let me ask you this? They aren't technically siblings, but it's weird...right? Right? Hello? Don't worry, nobody ends up getting any (or not much, at least).
Anywho: props to Ms. Zeises for having a cool looking sight and referring to herself as a dorkus extremus (I often refer to myself as a nerd-bomb, in case you were wondering).
Oh! And Critter loved Rod Stewart! What?? You know who else loves Rod Stewart? My mom! Boo! Because I cannot in good conscience link to the real deal please enjoy Mike Meyer's take on him. Piper down!

1 comment:

Lara Z. said...

Okay, I normally don't leave comments on reviews of my books (Google Alerts sends me round-ups every now and then), but yours made me laugh (in a good way - meaning, I like your sassy review style). This has to be my favorite line:

My take: someone who's name is Critter is not allowed to be sexy.

Anyhow, thanks for giving my little book a little love, even if parts of it did annoy you. :)