Monday, April 27, 2009

Band Geeked Out by Josie Bloss

Its trumpet goddess Ellie Snow’s senior year of high school and she’s facing the dreaded college decisions. She can’t seem to choose between her mom’s alma matter Worthington, an all-girls school out East with no marching band, or the local state school where her two best friends are going and who has one of the best marching band programs. Not only is marching band a huge considering factor, but also Ellie’s sweet and adorable sophomore boyfriend Connor, whom she really loves.
Ellie’s life is thrown out of sync though when she goes to visit the all-girls school where she is instantly drawn to her tour guide Alex. Her and Alex quickly develop a close friendship and now Ellie is strongly considering Worthington, even if that means changing all of her plans for the future. Her plans especially change when her and Alex’s relationship changes and Ellie starts to wonder if there is more to their friendship than meets the eye.
More confused than ever, Ellie must make the toughest decision of her life: to stay with what she knows or to go out on a limb and try something new. Regardless of her decision though Ellie’s life has changed forever whether she knows it or not and now she just has to learn how to live through it.
Well I can’t say that I was absolutely enamored by this book. I felt like the plot was a little weak and Ellie got a little weird, but there was still a really great cute factor to the book which reminded me a lot of BAND GEEK LOVE, but not as good.
As I mentioned before Ellie got really weird in the book. While I understand that she had to make a lot of hard decisions and was really confused, I really couldn’t connect with her and really disagreed with some of the decisions that she did make. Also her whole relationship status with Connor and Alex was a little off beat as well, which  for me was the major issue with the whole book.
As for the plot it was well constructed, but just not as interesting as BAND GEEK LOVE’s and I just couldn’t help comparing the two.  Josie Bloss did do an excellent job creating a real world dilemma and trying her best to solve it. While I was conflicted with some decisions that she made, Ellie was certainly smart in making her college decisions, which I think is a great thing to portray in a YA books as so many students find this process confusing. If they see how a literary figure handles the situation then they will hopefully be able to shed some light onto how they might be able to make the best decision for themselves.
Overall I was a bit disappointed, but still enjoyed the book. Josie Bloss is a new and fresh author who I expect will produce some great novels in the future. 

1 comment:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great review! This sounds like a cute book to just chill and not think with.


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