Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Pretty Tough by Liz Tigelaar

Sixteen-year-old Charlie Brown loves surfing, so when the new soccer coach for the high school asks her to try out for the team, she doesn't know if she will or not. Her sister, eighteen-year-old Krista, loves soccer and has been a part of the soccer team for years, so when she gets the news, she doesn't take it very well. Charlie and her sister are mortal enemies who would do anything to get on the other's nerves. So Charlie decides that joining her sister's soccer team would be the perfect opportunity to do exactly that. Both of the girls want to be the MVP on the team and will do anything to be just that, no matter what the consequences. With only four months till the biggest tournament of the year, the two sisters better make peace between them if they want to take home the victory.

Pretty Tough is a wonderful book that proves that before you can win as a team you first have to communicate as a team. This novel had a lot of drama between the two sisters, which added to the overall quality of this great story. Pretty Tough is told in two very different perspectives, one being Charlie Brown's and the other being in her sister, Krista's. I could really relate to Charlie's intriguing personality and I think that she would be a wonderful person to have for a friend. I think Krista's BFF, Brooke, and her boyfriend, Cam, greatly effected Krista's character, which is why she had such a snobby personality that I didn't overly enjoy. I recommend Pretty Tough to young adult girls who love sports.

There were a few instances where underage drinking and sex were mentioned.

Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Upper Strasburg, PA United States

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