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Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald

August 19th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Candlewick

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Green Teen activist, Jenna, convinces her parents to let her go visit her godmother, Susie, in rural Canada in order to avoid spending her summer in Florida with her grandmother and the rest of her grandmother’s elderly friends.  She is convinced that she will be able to commune with nature and view all of the things she has been fighting to protect.  Jenna quickly finds that it’s not what she was expecting as she encounters bears, moose, her godmother’s goth step-daughter and a trio of handsome teenage boys that she manages to alienate right almost from the moment she meets them.  While Ethan softens towards her and they become friends, his older brother Grady and the moody Reeve are tougher nuts to crack.

I really enjoyed this book more than I expected.  I wavered based on the book description but since I enjoyed McDonald’s book, Sophomore Switch, I decided to give it a chance.  I’m glad I did.  We see Jenna mature and realize that not everything in life is black and white.  I love seeing how her friendship slowly develops with Reeve, Ethan and even Grady and the reader even starts to see a softer side of the wicked step-daughter, Fiona.  It was also fun to watch Jenna take part in “nature” activities like kayaking, hiking, dirt biking, etc.   I felt like this book was a fun story and also manages to deliver the message about being environmentally conscious without being overbearing.  This is the perfect summer, beach read.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Chick Lit, Young Adult

One Response

  1. Pam

    I have this. I need to get to it.

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