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Saturday, June 26, 2010

One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin

Title: One Lonely Degree
Author: C.K. Kelly Martin
Age Group: Older Teens
# of Pages: 243
My Rating: 4.5/5

Finn's parents are starting to argue more and more. She fears for their separation but she can't do anything about it. At school, she meets a new student named Jersy, who ends up being an old friend back in the days.

Her best friend, Audrey, starts dating Jersy shortly after. Except when Audrey's parents found out, she got in trouble and is sent away for two months during the summer break. Unexpectedly as Finn hangs around Jersy more and more, she starts to like him herself. How can she possibly hide this from Audrey?

In the beginning, I found Finn to be one of the most pessimistic people ever. Maybe not to the extreme, but enough that I did not like her personality for quite a few chapters. After awhile she did manage to drift away from her pessimism, which made it a better read. I did find her to be realistic though, especially towards her parents' relationship and her feelings for both Audrey and Jersy. She is quite relatable and her situation does suck for she must choose between her friend and the guy she likes.

Martin kept the plot simple and used the curiosity of the audience's to continue reading. I found myself picking up the novel shortly after putting it down often. I just love the flow of the novel and you don't really notice the length because it sucks you in.

Like in her first novel, I Know It's Over, One Lonely Degree also ends off in a very realistic note. What I love about Martin's stories is that she doesn't sugarcoat things by giving a happily ever after ending. There's some happy parts and some some parts, just like in real life. It's another reason why you can't help but enjoy her novels. Her writing is also most addicting!

I definitely recommend One Lonely Degree, especially for the summer season!

Won copy from C.K. Kelly Martin.

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Anonymous said...

I purchased this book when it was released last year and I still haven't read it. :( Your review greatly reminded me that I so need to pick this one up. It sounds awesome and I too love endings that aren't sugarcoated.

Jessica (BookLover) said...

Great review! I really liked the characters in this book, they're very complex and I couldn't help but be drawn in to the story. I have yet to read her book, The Lighter Side of Life and Death, but I imagine it's just as good.

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