Saturday, August 18, 2007

The 25 Pains of Kennedy Baines by Dede Crane

This book is about a fifteen years old girl Kennedy Baines. Throughout a summer, Kennedy lists twenty-five things that pain her. Her life is a series of strange events. She is waiting for her boyfriend to finally kiss her and mean it. She wants her best friend to open up to her and tell her what is going on. She is being stalked by a creepy online pervert. And she thinks her mother may have had an affair in the past. When mom brings home an old college friend Judith and her eighteen year old son, Colin, from England, things begin to get interesting. Kennedy experiences a lot of firsts with Colin. But in the end she just wishes life was more like her favorite book, Pride and Prejudice.

I thought that this book was an "okay" book. The book was not challenging for the age group. However, it is a good book for leisure or pleasure reading. The plot moves well and fairly quickly. And, it was a novel that I related to and many other girls could relate to as well. This book talks about a lot of things that teenage girls go through all the time. Dede Crane was creative and interesting in an easy to read novel.

Content: There is socially inappropriate language as well as underage drug and alcohol use and some sexual content.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 6

Reviewer Age: 17
Reviewer City, State and Country: Phoenixville, Pennsylvania U.S.A.