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The Darlings Are Forever by Melissa Kantor

February 25th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: January 4, 2011

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads.com: Jane, Victoria, and Natalya. Together, they are the Darlings. Best friends forever. They have matching necklaces, their own table at Ga Ga Noodle, and even a shared motto: May you always do what you’re afraid of doing.

When the friends begin freshman year at three different high schools in distant corners of New York City, they promise to live by their motto and stay as close as ever. The Darlings know they can get through anything as long as they have each other. But doing scary new things is a lot easier with your friends beside you. And now that the girls aren’t spending all their time together, everything they took for granted about their friendship starts to feel less certain. They can’t help but wonder, will they really be the Darlings forever?

This one sounded like a fun read but it did not have the bling of the paranormal young adult books out there these days.  I was pleasantly surprised as it gripped me the same way that the Baby-Sitter’s Club books did way back in the day.   I think most people will be able to relate to at least one of the Darlings as they all face a variety of fears as they enter their first year of high school and to top it off they are all going to different schools.  The insecurities each experiences are ones I imagine we all have like crushing over a cute teacher, wanting to be accepted by the “popular” girls and of course there are some boy troubles.  Despite having to brave this whole new world of high school by themselves this does not mean they won’t be there to support and push each other whenever needed.  My favorite part of their friendship is that they encourage each other to challenge their limits and do things they do not think they are capable of.  The story blooms at the perfect pace as each girl faces her own personal challenge.   It was refreshing that although there is some romance weaved through the story the focus is on friendship and that with the support of your friends you can overcome anything.  I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and think this would be a wonderful addition to the MG/YA library and is The Baby-Sitters Club for the new generation.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

6 Responses

  1. pam

    wow javent heard of this one. Thanks for the review.

  2. Kailana

    Haven’t heard of this one before. Not really what I read nowadays, but would have liked it when I was younger probably.

  3. Pam

    This looks good.

  4. Carrie K.

    I love your new design!

  5. dsuzuki

    Thank you Carrie!

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