Tuesday, May 26, 2009

One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin

Anything is possible. . . .

Finn has always felt out of place, but suddenly her world is unraveling. It started with The Party. And Adam Porter. And the night in September that changed everything. The only person who knows about that night is Audrey—Finn’s best friend, her witness to everything, and the one person Finn trusts implicitly. So when Finn’s childhood friend Jersy moves back to town—reckless, beautiful Jersy, all lips and eyes and hair so soft you’d want to dip your fingers into it if you weren’t careful—Finn gives her blessing for Audrey to date him. How could she possibly say no to Audrey? With Audrey gone for the summer, though, Finn finds herself spending more and more time with Jersy, and for the first time in her life, something feels right. But Finn can’t be the girl who does this to her best friend . . . can she?

I wasn't very impressed by this book. Having never read Martin's other novel I Know It's Over, I didn't really know what to expect from One Lonely Degree. I had a hard time getting into it. I didn't get very interested in the story until about halfway through.

Things didn't pick up until Finn's best friend Audrey goes away for the summer and she is left to deal with her parent's relationship problems, her new job, and sorting out her feelings for Jersy, the boy who's supposed to be Audrey's boyfriend, all by herself. The depth of Finn and Audrey's friendship was clear and that made Finn's feelings for Jersy that much more forbidden. I didn't like how the second Audrey went away, the other two started getting together. Granted, things between Jersy and Audrey were pretty much over and done with. But she and Audrey were best friends! You just don't do something like that to your best friend.

Finn wasn't one of those characters you'd like to have as your best friend because, hello, she stole her best friend's boyfriend!

The ending didn't quite satisfy me. It was close, almost; but it didn't get there for me. I did, however, like how now she has to stand on her own without always leaning on Audrey or running to Jersy. I liked the direction she was headed in as a person.

The plot itself has been done but Martin's take on it wasn't bad. Instead of one big event that changed Finn's life, there was a series of medium and small ones that led to big differences. I really liked her writing style. The way she portrays emotion makes you feel them yourself. Very realistic.

Overall, One Lonely Degree was a decent novel. Not groundbreaking or entirely unique, but sufficiently entertaining nonetheless.

I loved the cover! It's adorable! And very fitting to the story.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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