Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer

Release Date: 15 March 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Age Group:Young Adult
Pages: 336
Buy the Book: Amazon

 Meet Brooke: Popular, powerful and hating every minute of it, she’s the “It” girl at Douglas High in Lake Champion, Minnesota. Her real ambition? Using her operatic mezzo as a ticket back to NYC, where her family lived before her dad ran off with an up and coming male movie star.

Now meet Kathryn: An overachieving soprano with an underachieving savings account, she’s been a leper ever since Brooke punched her at a party junior year. For Kath, music is the key to a much-needed college scholarship.

The stage is set for a high-stakes duet between the two seniors as they prepare for the prestigious Blackmore competition. Brooke and Kathryn work toward the Blackmore with eyes not just on first prize but on one another, each still stinging from a past that started with friendship and ended in betrayal. With competition day nearing, Brooke dreams of escaping the in-crowd for life as a professional singer, but her scheming BFF Chloe has other plans. And when Kathryn gets an unlikely invitation to Homecoming, she suspects Brooke of trying to sabotage her with one last public humiliation.  

As pressures mount, Brooke starts to sense that the person she hates most might just be the best friend she ever had. But Kathryn has a decision to make. Can she forgive? Or are some rivalries for life? 

Sara Bennett Wealer is a talented writer that is able to weave words in to such flowing sentences that then lead in to her writing a mesmerizing book that will have you hooked and will not let you go, still even after you have read the very last most beautiful word.

 This book has such great description that you will be captivated throughout the entire novel, her words draw you in and you wish that you could stay there forever but by the time you know it you have finished the novel and you are left scrambling for more.

 This story was told in a very original and interesting way. You get the two characters who are the rivals: Brooke and Kathryn. The chapters are told from a different perspective each time, it alternates between Kathryn and Brooke.

Learning more about a topic(music) that I already know about was great and I thought that this was such an original take on the whole “frenemy” thing. Putting music in to the twist as the middle world between the two different planets was great (if you read the book you will understand why I am putting this in to such strange terms).

Whenever I read from Brooke’s point of view I couldn’t help but think that she did feel sympathy towards Kathryn and about what she had done to her.

The story is absolutely amazing and you will really enjoy it I recommend it to all YA readers this book will shock you, make you sad and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Sara Bennett Wealer, you’re one talented writer and I think that Rival has been one of my favorite books to read in 2011.

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