Baygirl - YA Review by Hannah W

Reader: Hannah W
Age: 16
Title: Baygirl
Author: Heather Smith
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 09/01/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: Baygirl was not a strongly written book. The characters were fairly one dimensional, very few  had depth. The character development was alright, however it was quite abrupt and the reader was not able to follow the pattern of development. The plot of the book was decent, but it needs to be supported by strong, unique and relatable characters.
Memorable or Forgettable: The author used many "traditional" high school characters which made the story very mainstream. Such as the mean blond girl who goes out of her way to be horrible to the new girl. The nice cute boy who is dating the mean girl even though he could do better. There was even a seen in which Kit slips on a banana peel. The story just was not different or exciting.
Cover: The cover is very good. The dim colors reflect the dark undertone of the book. The silhouette of the girl is interesting because at first glance she looks like a mountain. This demonstrates the theme that things aren't always what they seem.
Age Range: 12 through 15
Quality: 2Q Needs more work
Popularity: 2P Only for special interest

tags:  coming of age / Newfoundland / ya lit

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