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Young Adult Fiction 1475
Read This Before Summer Ends
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Reader reviewed by Stephanie

Vanessa Carlisle--number 2 rank in her school, Yale prospie, unacknowledged control freak--knows exactly how she wants her senior year of high school to be like. She's going to breeze through it, get accepted into Yale and be with boyfriend Patrick, and take a summer trip through Europe with her gossip-crazy best friend Taylor.

However, her family gets extremely unexpected news: it turns out that Vanessa has a half-brother, and not just ANY half-brother. She shares 50% of her chromosomes with the national pretty-boy actor Reed Vaughn. And Reed is coming to stay with her family and attend her school in order to get away from Hollywood. Vanessa knows they won't get along. After all, what does she want with a bad boy drop-dead gorgeous guy who makes the girls swoon and has gone through rehab more times than she can count on one hand?

But initial impressions may be wrong. Vanessa struggles to deal with unexpected bumps in her senior year plan, including drifting apart from Patrick, finding competition with new smart girl Sarah Middleton, dealing with Taylor's PEOPLE magazine and famous people fetish, and meeting a new guy John. When will this I-hate-surprises girl learn that unexpected events in life can actually help her grow up?

PLAN B is a quick and cute read. The characters are rather flat and their circumstances are a little far-reaching, but it makes for great last-days-of-tanning reading material.
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