Thursday, March 17, 2011

Blog Tour Review: Love Ya Like A Sister, by Tom Kepler

Love Ya Like A Sister
by Tom Kepler

Release Date: March 4, 2011
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
Rating: 4/5

If you want something done right, then do it yourself. At least, that's what people say. But does that include having three girlfriends at the same time--and stealing a car?

Life is simple for Randy: 1) he loves his girlfriend and 2) he likes his motorcycle. And even if he really likes his motorcycle and only thinks he's pretty sure he loves his girlfriend, it's still the same difference. Easy to know, easy to think about.

Then Randy's life gets complicated. In one week he makes friends with a senior girl and her five-year-old sister,
his girlfriend dumps him, and his ex's older sister helps him with his math--although, it turns out, she's better at biology.

While trying to uncomplicate their lives, Randy and his friends learn what to do when your parents are too busy, too divorced, too drunk, or too dead to help.

I normally don't like love triangles, especially when it's completely deliberate. However, I have to make an exception for Love Ya Like A Sister. The way Tom Kepler writes the relationships makes you understand it in ways that I think I never really understood it before.

The characters in this book are great in the way that you can relate to them and most of their actions match them well. I think that I understood Randy better than I did the girls, but I think that's to be expected from the main character. My heart was pretty much with Randy the whole time, even when I wanted to slap him silly for some of his actions. Having said that, I wish I knew the girls a little better so I could understand them completely. Some moments had me scratching my head in confusion.

The lack of parenting was a little mind-boggling, but without that... we don't have a story. And it's a great one. The story moves along smoothly with no hiccups and plenty of drama to go around! This was a quick read, though not too quick that you didn't get enough story. The resolution fit the bill for this one, and you finished feeling pretty satisfied as a whole. Overall, this was an enjoyable read that would be good for any YA fan that likes a good contemporary read.

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