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Howdy YAL!

I used to be the blogger called YAL Book Briefs, but I grew bored of the handle and changed my name to Howdy YAL. I also respond to MJ. I like to read, write, eat truffles, and watch bad Lifetime movies. 

The Magnolia League (Magnolia League Series #1)

The Magnolia League - Katie Crouch I can't help but be angry when I think of The Magnolia League. I think it's in part because there was so much potential yet this potential was never realized. Instead, the authors wrote the book in the worst way possible. I'll start with the first and most obvious problem with the story: the main character. Alex is just not at all likable. First of all, she complains for the first half of the book about her new life in Savannah. I get it, honey, you miss your life as a damn hippy with your pot head boyfriend on that commune you grew up with. It doesn't matter that your grandma has bought you a designer wardrobe, offered you a car, and practically bought you friendship with the two most popular girls in town. They're not good enough for you because they're not "real". If this isn't bad enough, the authors try to show that Alex is not accepted by her peer group by showing some less than real conversations where poor Alex gets made fun of because she's supposedly fat and wears her hair in dreads. Let's just say this doesn't work, these conversations don't make me feel sorry for Alex especially with the way she reacts to them which is sort of bratty and immature. However, as much as I didn't like Alex during the first half of the book she was even worst post her instant makeover--which include instant pretty hair and size zero Barbie body. At least, the second half of the book went faster than the first. Though that didn't mean the book was any better since it was terribly rushed. Seriously, it was just as if the authors slapped the last hundred or so pages together. To see full review click here:http://yalbookbriefs.blogspot.com/2011/08/magnolia-league-katie-crouch.html