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Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart

August 23rd, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication Date: August 24, 2010

Publisher: EgmontUSA

Description from It is 1876, the year of the Centennial in Philadelphia. Katherine has lost her twin sister Anna in a tragic skating accident.  One wickedly hot September day, Katherine sets out for the exhibition grounds to cut short the haunted life she no longer wants to live.

Filled with vivid detail that artfully brings the past to life, National Book Award nominee Beth Kepart’s DANGEROUS NEIGHBORS is a timeless and finely crafted novel about betrayal and guilt, hope and despair, love, loss, and new beginnings.

I was really excited to read this book because I’ve heard nothing but great things about Beth Kephart and the book blurb sounded great.  I have to admit I was disappointed with the book though I do have to say it was well-written.  It just was not my type of book.  The story is somewhat slow moving and although I felt some sympathy for Katherine with the situation her sister put her in having to cover for her while she sneaks off with a boy, I mostly found Katherine irritating.  She is jealous of all the time Anna spends with her boyfriend instead of with Katherine and this causes Katherine to mope and whine for a great deal of the book.  I was also expecting more from the story but it was a very short read.  I will most likely give one of Kephart’s other books a try but sadly this one isn’t high on my list of favorites.

Posted in Books, General Fiction, Young Adult

One Response

  1. Holly

    I haven’t read Beth Kephart yet either, but I’ve also heard so many good things about her. Sometimes books are a hit and sometimes they’re not. It’s hard to enjoy a book when you can’t stand the main character!

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