Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph

High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out — doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T — and to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest — and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize — Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare....

Shrinking Violet was an average YA novel. It was cute and entertaining but not amazing.

I loved that Tere was a radio DJ. It was something new and interesting that I'd never read about before. This played a major role in the plot and helping her overcome her shyness.

I enjoyed watching Tere slowly become more outgoing. I could relate to her because I am very, very shy as well. Danielle Joseph describes Tere's feelings so well that even the most outgoing person could sympathize.

When Tere's radio station holds a contest with Tere as a prom date as the prize, the plot speeds up a lot. Tere is nervous and worried that people will react badly to the news that the cool DJ Sweet T is actually shy, unassuming Tere Adams.

Tere was an interesting and likeable character. Overall, this novel was was fresh and fun if somewhat predictable. It was a good read and I recommend it. This was Danielle Joseph's YA debut and a fairly decent one at that.

4 out of 5 stars

Recommended if you:
-like novels based around music
-are interested in reading about or want to be a radio DJ
-know someone who is, want to read about, or are yourself shy


  1. I'm looking forward to reading this, I like the idea of a radio DJ character.

  2. Aw, she sounds cute! I like the radio idea too ^_^

  3. This sounds perfect for my niece — thanks for the review!

    You've won an award! :)