Sunday, January 6, 2008

Undercover by Beth Kephart

Elisa is used to flying under the radar, at school and at home. She uses her perceptiveness to make poetic observations about life and creates a semi-side job as a writer of love letters for boys looking to woo girls. Things change her tenth grade year when she falls for one of the letter customers, her dad leaves the family, and she teaches herself to ice skate. Plus, her brilliant English teacher has them reading Cyrano de Bergerac, with Elisa making obvious identifications with the play. The book leads to a climax where Elisa is poised to compete in a skating contest, she has asked her father to come home, and the girlfriend of her crush is seeking revenge.
It was a decent book, but not award-worthy. Nay


At January 21, 2008 at 9:08 AM , Blogger Iris said...

I thought this book was great. The main character's voice is really clear, thoughtful without being too old. Its romantic without being cheap about it. The teacher is a great character, very believable. I read this straight through in one sitting. YAY.


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