Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Oracle Rebounds by Allison van Diepen

As the "oracle of dating," Kayla is supposed to have all the answers about love and relationships. She's supposed to have the perfect relationship. But now that Jared is "taking a step back," Kayla feels like a total fraud.

So the expert on dating starts taking her own rebound advice—and some from her friends—and stops moping around. Yeah, there are other possibilities out there—including the beyond-cute French foreign exchange student she's showing around town.

But when controversy erupts about the Oracle's advice, Kayla is sent reeling once again. Will anything work out for her this year? Yet when her friends start seriously needing the Oracle, Kayla begins to focus on what really matters: Viv, Sharese, Amy and Ryan, her true-blue buds. And suddenly, everything starts making sense again….

Leena's Review
Woo Hoo!  It's January 2nd and I have started and finished my first book of 2011!  The Oracle Rebounds is the sequel to The Oracle of Dating.  I read The Oracle of Dating a few months ago, and found it to be a quick and fun read.  The Oracle Rebounds was just as enjoyable.

Kayla is a likeable character.  She is smart, and extremely mature for her age.  She is loyal to her friends, kind to other students, and won't speak bad about anyone, even the boy who dumped her.  The only thing that bothered me about her is that it's hard for me to imagine a teenager with that level of maturity and resiliency.  But, that doesn't mean I can't love her!

I loved the main storyline of Kayla rebounding and moving on from her breakup with Jared.  I thought that the pacing was great- she didn't wallow in misery, as many main characters do when the relationship falls apart in the sequel.  There were a lot of smaller story lines, mostly about her friends' relationships.  Some of these stories were better that others, and a couple of them felt very unfinished to me.  But, that's what you get in a series.  We'll see where the 3rd book picks up.  

I liked Jared a lot in The Oracle of Dating.  His character is not really developed in this one as much, which I missed.  Because Kayla spends most of the book single, it's a bit difficult to comment on the relationship, except to say I loved the tension between Jared and Kayla post-break-up.

I really liked this book.  It's fun, cute, and easy to read through in a sitting.  I give it 3 Stars.  I can't wait for the next one. 

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