Book Review: Fancy White Trash by Marjetta Geerling

Title: Fancy White Trash
Author: Marjetta Geerling
Page Count: 257
F/NF: Fiction
Genre: Contemporary YA

Rating: 8/10

Goodreads Summary:
Finding love is simple with the One True Love Plan.

“If only life were as easy as your sisters.” Abby’s heard that one before. And it’s true —Shelby and Kait aren’t exactly prim and proper. Abby is determined not to follow in their footsteps, so she has created the One True Love Plan. The most important part of the plan is Rule #1: Find Someone New. This means finding a guy who hasn’t already dated Shelby or Kait. But when Abby starts falling for the possible father of Kait’s baby, she has to figure out if some rules are meant to be broken.

Opinion:
This was an overall enjoyable book that I had trouble reading at times. Abby’s family members are so self-centered that it was sort of hard to read about them. Abby’s the only one in her family who isn’t or hasn’t at one point been a teenage mother. She thinks about the consequences of her actions and is trying so hard not to make the same mistakes her family members have made. It’s just hard to read about some of those mistakes at times. That said, I enjoyed the way Abby dealt with most of her problems. She’s a fifteen-year-old with a dream. She doesn’t always make the best decisions, but she’s a believable character, and I enjoyed reading about her.

I also enjoyed reading about her neighbor and best friend, Cody. There’s an entire subplot dedicated to Cody coming to terms with sexuality, and I enjoyed watching him grow as a person. I didn’t always like reading about the things he had to put up with, but I feel like this book would have been a lot worse without that happening.

There’s a scene at the end of the book involving Abby and the father of both her mother’s and (probably) her sister’s babies that I felt was sort of thrown in and didn’t quite fit. I would have bumped my rating up a bit had this scene not been there. Overall, though, the book was enjoyable.

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Posted on February 10, 2013, in 52in52, Reading. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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