June 4, 2013
(first published 2010)
This review is also by my 11 year old daughter. All opinions are her own.
The problem in the story is the cell phone. Nikki keeps getting these random and crude text messages that are supposedly from Brandon, her “boyfriend.” It’s pretty obvious they are not. That leaves one person. Who would be jealous of Nikki and enjoy ruining her life? I wonder if it might be Mackenzie!
At the end of the book, when Mackenzie receives the text from “Nikki to Brandon” that said there was a diamond necklace in the dumpster behind the school. Number one, why would Mackenzie believe that Nikki really threw away a diamond necklace? Number two, why would she dive into the dumpster with her amazingly expensive dress still on?
As I said, the cell phone is the whole problem. Plus, it doesn’t make sense when Brandon tells Nikki, “When have I ever used a smiley face?” He uses a smiley face on every text he sends! Example, he sent a text to Nikki telling her “HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Sitting here eating your box of chocolates and thinking of you J!!” I double-checked that.
And this swim thing, I know some high schools that have pools in them, but no middle schools! Maybe they went down to the high school every day. That part of the book was timed very wrong. The swim lessons and skills tests were in the middle of the winter! Nikki can’t even keep her head above the water in a 4-foot pool. She blacked out before her feet touched the bottom. What’s the deal with wearing scuba gear to a skills test? She thought it was allowed because it wasn’t on the sign posted in the front of the pool. Which said, “NO RUNNING!” It’s not on there because if it were then every other obvious rule in the world would have to be on it. She also wore a kiddie float toy and put it around her waist. Nikki is 14 years old! Did she ever take swimming lessons?This book had a way too happy ending. Also, at the end, everything went perfectly right for Nikki. There’s a dance in this book, I wonder if Nikki could POSSIBLY go with Brandon! There’s also a “sweetheart queen” I wonder who MIGHT win! Also, the cliffhanger at the end could easily be the end of the series. Every book so far has looked like it is the end of the series; I’m tired of all the happy endings.