Any Other Girl

261p. Kensington. Feb. 2016. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781617738821.
Gr 9 Up—Operation Best Summer is under way for Kat Henley. After a bitter ending to her junior year due to not being able to keep her hands off her best friend's boyfriend, Kat is eager to get away to her parents' summer cottage. She decides she needs to undergo some changes and tries to redeem her past behavior by setting up her cousin Harper with the new neighbor, Emmett. The plot resembles Jane Austen's Emma with diverse families and contemporary issues. Underlying the romantic drama are various family dynamics, which help build character complexity. The novel has a slow beginning, taking a while to build steam and interest. Drinking and sexual situations make this appropriate for mature teens.
VERDICT Readers who push past the leisurely start will find a light, romantic tale with intriguing characters—just enough to persuade readers to see how Kat's summer ends.

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