Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Book Review: Vibes by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Opera-loving, funky 'found' wardrobe creating, goth make-up wearing Kristi's life is pretty much horrible right now. Her mom pays more attention to her career as a surgeon than to her, her dad's been in Africa saving the world from AIDS for the last 2 years and probably doesn't even remember he has a family, her ex-best friend Hildie hates her, everyone in her 'progressive' (yeah, try totally bogus) school, Journeys, thinks she's a freak, and Hildie's brother Gusty (who's the hottest guy in school) thinks sick every time he looks at Kristi. Oh, yeah, and Kristi knows he's thinking it, and everybody else too, because she can hear him thinking it. Yep, that's right, she can read minds.

At first, things start looking up when Mallory starts school at Journeys. He might have a few skin problems (ok, his skin is a total disaster), but he's the first person in a long time who seems like he really gets Kristi. Too bad Kristi just wants to hang out, and Mallory wants more- if only Kristi could get over her (huge) crush on Gusty (who thinks she's sick, remember?!). And then, to make things worse, the faculty assigns everyone a character education project, and Kristi gets paired up with Gusty. And she finds out that her dad's coming home. What's a psychic girl to do when everything goes so wrong?

This is one awesome story with a main character who's a very real girl with, as Gusty thinks, real problems. Kristi's journey through a couple of really bad weeks of high school will make you laugh really hard, cry a little, and get angry, really really angry, for and at her before you're done. This is the first book I found myself yelling at since I finished Princess Mia's Princess Diaries, so if you ever thought being able to hear what other people are thinking would make life and school easier, check out Vibes @ the library!

(now reading The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb, and I can't wait to start Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater!)

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