I have to admit it–I really enjoyed this book. So much, in fact, that last night, upon realizing I’d left it at work, I actually shook my fist in the air and cried ‘noooooo!’ I really did. Ask my husband. He saw it.
In summary, this is the story of what happens when friends share secrets that should never be shared. It is at the same time both painfully realistic as well as totally unbelievable–and I love that combination. It is definitely a girl book–if there could ever be something called ‘girl book’–this would be it. This should be in the dictionary under the phrase ‘girl book’. But it is more page turning than anything I’ve ever read. And…drum roll please…there are six more! Yay!
In addition to being extremely entertaining, this book taught me a lesson–you see, I’m always on the look-out for ‘the next big book’–the next Twilight or Harry Potter–so that I can say ‘I read it first’. Well do you know what–I didn’t read this first. I didn’t even read it until after SIX additional books were written (soon to be seven, to make a total of EIGHT BOOKS!) and I read it because lots of my students were reading it–and loved it. And now I know why. Reason number I-don’t-know-what why being a middle school teacher is, contrary to what some may thing, an awesome job.
Oh–and reason number I-don’t-know-what plus 1…a guaranteed snow day tomorrow to start reading the second book, and perhaps even more days off to read numbers three through seven!