This is one of the best books I've read!
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She's supposed to hate the guy, right?
Genre: Contemporary YA
Summary from Goodreads:
Will Elise’s love life be an epic win or an epic fail?
At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:
As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school—not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.
As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn’t exactly on everyone’s must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.
When Elise’s beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince’s best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.
Tankborn by Karen Sandler
high school & up
Kayla and Mishalla are GENs; genetically engineered non-humans who are built to serve as unpaid labor to those who are natural born. When they are 15 they are given their lifetime work Assignments. Kayla will be serving as the caretaker of a very old member of one of the Highest Status families. Mishalla is assigned to a crisis creche that seems to have a shady agenda. When each meets (and falls for) a trueborn boy they begin to wish that life could be different. Soon both are caught up with an underground movement to end the slavery of the GENs.
This is a pretty engaging story that takes the conflict about genetic engineering to a possible outcome. I thought the story lines were great, I especially liked Mishalla. I also found the tidbits about the GENs religion very interesting. The deification by the GENs of the scientists who invented the procedures is a unique take on the topic.
I did think that it got bogged down some in the middle. I really wish the author had given us some more information about the underground movement earlier in the story. It just seemed like the story didn't go anywhere for a while and then suddenly remembered the book is almost over. Then all at once, we find out several pertinent details.
Still, great for discussion in a biology or ethics class.
Check out my review of There You'll Find Me, by Jenny B. Jones at http://jensbookden.blogspot.com due out 10/4/11
Cargo by Jessica Au
ARC review of Seers, by Heather Frost [to be published Oct 4th]... http://bookstacksondeck.blogspot.com/2011/09/seers.html
Review about my book TALON, COME FLY WITH ME.
And of my second manuscript, not yet published by Casey-Lyne
My website: http://www.writersportal.org/Gigi
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Genre: Contemporary YA