My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Outcasts and Underdogs by Valerie Thomas
I rarely read high school YA story but I like this book – this is a feel good becoming of age story.
It took me a while to get into the story at first. There were high-school drama, jealousy, and cat fights among girls that I can not relate to anymore. However, about 5 chapters into the book I really enjoy the story. The story is about the struggles that most high school kids go through – some bullying, making friends, and finding yourself.
Auburn is the main character. She is strong, talented, a little different. She loves singing and she is in a band. I love how Auburn grows as a person. She struggled like any new artist but hard work and preservers pay off. I like the fact they they struggled at first because that is real life so there is a bit of a moral to this story – hard work.
Charlie is a little odd – I like him at time but other time I find him a bit annoying :). I really like Joey – you can’t help but like him – he is confident in who he is and does not really care what other people think – the way he stands up for Ashley was nice. I thought Ashley and Joey would have some romance going on but it hasn’t happen yet :).
I like the ending – did not feel like cliff-hanger although I know there is a continuation of the band success story.
Overall, this book is well-written. The song lyrics are meaningful – a nice bonus. I would recommend this book to YA groups.
This story took me back to memory lane 🙂 which is a long time ago 🙂
(I received ARC from the author for an honest review).