Sunday, September 11, 2011

Review: Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty

Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty
Author: Jody Gehrman
Published: 2008 by Dial
Obtained: Library
Geena can’t wait to spend summer vacation with her two best girls: her friend Amber and her cousin Hero. All three are working at the Triple Shot Betty coffee shop together, but the moment Amber and Hero meet, the claws come out. They hate each other on sight. Geena’s dreams of a girl-bonding summer fly out the window, and then threaten to disappear completely when a few cute (okay, drop-dead gorgeous) guys come along to woo the Bettys. But all is not what it seems, and in a story of mistaken identities, crazy summer high jinks, and enough romance to make Shakespeare proud, Geena and her friends learn that when Bettys unite, they can take on the most powerful force in their world: a hot guy.

First Sentence:"Great. So much for my summer. I should have known."

Going into this book I had no idea it was going to be so…rough. There was a lot of mature content that I wasn’t expecting (I don’t mean explicit content, but mature themes and words). However, in the end the result/lesson learned was positive.

So this is the story of a girl named Geena who’s best friend Amber is known as a slut. When Geena’s innocent cousin Hero comes for the summer, Amber and Hero clash. This book is FILLED with drama because Amber still likes John even though he dumped her. John really wants to get Hero, who currently likes this other guy. Geena swears that she doesn’t like Ben, but you kind of guess they’ll end up together (and you’d be guessing correctly!!). So in the midst of this mess of teenager infatuation, we have John who is a ____ (insert rude word here). This guy is a lot more disgusting and horrible than he seems. Amber also is more vulnerable than SHE seems. Attached to ALL this extra drama, we have some family issues that Geena and Amber go through.

That above summary is basically all this novel is about: DRAMA. IT NEVER ENDS!!! Not that it’s boring! Oh no! When is drama boring? But when you finish and step back, it just seems kind of pointless. The lovely little positive messages we get from this book are that guys shouldn’t have so much power over girls, it’s okay to stand up to a creepy guy and make your feelings known, and TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG. (No really, that’s the message…)

While at times it’s funny, romantic, relatable, cute, and empowering; in general it’s just a load of drama.

Rating: Capture878 I didn’t HATE it, but it really wasn’t that great.

Content Warnings: As you probably picked up from the review, there is a lot of sexual comments, words, situations, and insinuations. Nothing ACTUALLY “happens.”
This book also contains a lot of language, from mild to strong.


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