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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Book Review: Footfree and Fancy Loose by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Faine


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Footfree and FancyLoose is the second book (out of two so far) about four best friends- Becca, Harper, Kate and Sophie. In the first book, Bass Ackwards and Belly Up, Harper finds out that she wasn't admitted to NYU, the only school she's applied to. Instead of being honest with her three best friends, she comes up with a story about how she's decided to take a year off to fulfill her dream of writing the next Great American Novel and go to NYU next year. She feels horrible when the speech she delivers to her friends is so good that they all decide to take a year to work on their life dreams as well. Sophie's dream is to move to California and become an actress. Kate, puts off Harvard, which is her parents' dream, and decides to travel the world and find out what she wants to do with her life. Becca actually goes along with her original plan since attending the college she's planning on going to and skiing on their ski team is her dream, but she adds to it, fall in love. And Harper, sticks around at home (in Boulder, CO), living in her parents' basement, working at a coffee shop, lusting after her high school English teacher, and writing the next Great American Novel. The book jumps around from one girls' story to the next showing us how their year of dreams is going.

The second book picks up where the first leaves off. Harper has come clean with her friends and is surprised when they forgive her. The books finishes up with the end of the year of dreams with each girl making plans for the next year.

I really enjoyed these books. They are a bit like Ann Brashares Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, but a bit more grown-up (which I don't necessarily approve of for a young adult book). I still live in an idealistic world where swearing and sex aren't part of a teenage life. I realize I'm wrong, but I have little kids and I don't even want to imagine what the teenage years will be like for them when I can remember high school and am pretty sure it's only gotten worse. These books have a lot of bad language. There is also a lot of sex. In a way, they depict sex in a more realistic way. It isn't glorified. It's a lot more honest about how a teenage girl will feel after the act than all positive and wonderful.

*I still haven't figured out why the book is about four best friends but only three appear on the cover of both books.

2 comments:

Petit Elefant said...

Hey, good to know. It's always fun to know about new YA authors, especially new YA series, so thank you!

Rachel Clare said...

I always love getting book ideas from you. You're my book guru!

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