Thursday, October 1, 2009

Read My Lips by Teri Brown

Read My Lips by Teri Brown.
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Pages: 256.
Serena just wants to fly under the radar at her new school. But Serena is deaf, and she can read lips really well-even across the busy cafeteria. So when the popular girls discover her talent, there's no turning back.

From skater chick to cookie-cutter prep, Serena's identity has done a 180...almost. She still wants to date Miller, the school rebel, and she's not ready to trade her hoodies for pink tees just yet. But she is rising through the ranks in the school's most exclusive clique.

With each new secret she uncovers, Serena feels pressure to find out more. Reading lips has always been her greatest talent, but now Serena just feels like a gigantic snoop...
Unfortunately, I didn’t like this book at all. I had to push myself to finish it, just so I could write a proper review. Teri Brown is a really great writer- don’t get me wrong- but the story wasn’t there. It was too fast, too jumpy and too cheesy- all of my least favorite things in a novel.

Serena was an annoying character. The eye-rolling comments were enough to overlook, but I couldn’t get past the sheer conformity. In the beginning, she’s written with at least a shred of confidence and personality, but as the story unfolds, she just moves back and fourth to please other characters. Maybe that was the intention, but I didn’t like how incredibly fast everything was.

A few other things that bugged me- the labels and stereotypes. I felt like the entire story was focused on those. It might just be my own personal annoyance, but all the use of “prep, preppies”, and “punk skater chick”, it just got to be a bit much. Then there was also the throwing around of the L word. (Love- just in case you’re thinking of something nasty) After only a short, short time of knowing and spending time with each other, Serena and Miller, the love interest of the story, were reciting it with ease. This could be another thing that only bothers me, but I think the word love should only apply to characters who have a long, established and meaningful relationship- something Serena and Miller do not.

I would’ve given it three stars, maybe, if the story ended with a conclusion, but it didn’t. Not really. In the end, Serena still basically ended up conforming, she didn’t make up for the things she did to people, and she still got her perfect fairy-tale ending with Miller. I think maybe this book should be directed towards twelve & thirteen year olds- which there is nothing wrong with- but for a nineteen year old who normally reads really mature literature? Not a good recommendation.

7 comments:

  1. Definitely not adding this one to my TBR then. Its a real shame. I thought the premise was interesting. Thanks for the honest review.

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  2. The summary sounds good and i really like the cover. But i think i'm going to delay this till next year. Thank you for your review.

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