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Wednesday, 17 September 2014


Sway by Kat Spears

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

September 2014

ISBN: 978-1-250-05143-1

Pages: 320

Contemporary, Young Adult

Each one bought their popularity and he now owned their secrets.  Now the question is will it cost him the one person he loves the most. 

Jesse Alderman is also known as Sway.  He is the one person that can get things people want for them.  He is also a high school senior that is emotionally detached.  He knows what he wants until he meets Bridget Smalley, the girl of his dreams.  Now he is out of his element and in uncharted territory. 

This is a modern day Cyrano de Bergerac that is told with unapologetic truth and biting humor.  It also proves to be a book that once the reader starts it they will have a hard time putting it down.  The high school world comes to life with every word that is read.  The characters and what they are dealing with in each of their lives and how those lives intersects in powerful ways that will prove to be a very hard book to forget long after the reader has finished reading it.  It is also interesting to see how Jesse starts out one way and how over the course of dealing with others his true self comes out.  The story is rich in detail and will pull at the reader’s emotions as they go through each part of Jesse’s life.  This is a book that will have readers wanting to read more by this author as she paints a picture that feels real with each word that is read.  This is one book that is worth reading and should be put on the keeper shelves of readers.  This is a story that will pull at reader’s emotions and will have them looking at the world around them a little bit differently.

I give this one 5 red roses


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