As she walks through the school hall she hears gorgeous Gusty Peterson think sick as he passes her. No way a guy who looks that good would be interested in a girl who looks like Kristi, but does he have to be so mean? Even her friend Jacob seems to think incessantly about her ginormous gazungas. Then theres beautiful, anorexic Eva Kearns-Tate, aka Evil Incarnate, who hates Kristi and makes it known that she likes Gusty.
Enter new student Mallory. Definitely cool and he seems to like Kristi. He wouldnt be so bad, except for his case of terminal acne. Ugh!!! But, he likes Kristi and thats good.
Rounding out Kristis world is her mother, a surgeon, who spends most of her time at the hospital, leaving Kristi to her own devices, and her father, also a surgeon, who ran away to Africa two years ago, ostensibly to do some good after being sued for malpractice. Since his departure, Hildie hasnt spoken to Kristi. Good best friend, huh? So, its just Kristi and Minnie Mouse, her cat who her mother doesnt know about and if she did, would be allergic to.
So Kristis life is basically: go to school and listen to opera, pine away for unobtainable Gusty, fear Mallory likes her more than she likes him, diss Evil Incarnate, go home and cuddle with Minnie and eat junk food until her mother comes home.
This is all about to change. Kristis mother becomes Chief of Surgery working normal hours. Her father decides to pay a visit after two years. And shes partnered with Gusty for the schools self improvement Character Education Project.
Theres so much to like above Vibes, Amy Kathleen Ryans second novel. First theres Kristi. Shes confused about life but she is soooooooooo likeable. As a matter of fact, every character is likeable, even Evil Incarnate and the gorgeous, should be self-centered Gusty, though you really dont want to like him in the beginning. Kristi is unique&her own self. I am drawn to characters like that. The story is just plain fun, although a little serious at times. The writing is good&very readable. Its one of those books you can tell the author enjoyed writing. The only way to describe Vibes is: It is a feel good book. Youll go away smiling. Ive got good vibes about Amy Kathleen Ryan and cant wait to read her first book, Shadow Falls.
Kristi is a psychic, and an ugly and mean girl. At least thats what she always hears in other peoples minds. But shes hardened herself against these silent insults, and no one knows that they affect her. But Kristis life is about to get a lot more complicated than it already is. Instead of having to just deal with her friend Jacob imagining ways to decorate Kristis C-cups with food and the extremely gorgeous and popular Gusty Peterson thinking that Kristi looks sick, theres now a new and undefined relationship with the new guy Mallory and the mind-blowing fact that her father, who left Kristi and her mother two years earlier, might be coming back. In this surprisingly realistic story, this psychic will have to confront her fears and her past to find her strength in the present.
Vibes had a very rough start in my opinion, and I really disliked the opening scenes. Kristi seemed too fixated with such shallow things such as physical appearance and so quick to insult herself. It really bothered me that Kristi seemed to have such a hard time getting over how certain people looked because I thought she was above that. However, as the story continued, the reasons for how Kristi came to be the way she was were revealed, and Kristis character really grew on me (not literally though!). Kristis emotional struggles really defined her and made her more real. I liked how not all of Kristis problems were completely resolved because it made her story more authentic. The ending of this novel was very well-written, but I cant say it completely makes up for the weak beginning.
Most teen girls will be able to relate to Kristi and will enjoy Vibes. Readers who like the paranormal will also enjoy this novel.
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Kristi has an interesting power, she can read minds. Overall she is a very weird girl, she loves opera, thinks she can read minds, and she created clothes from different materials she finds (old umbrellas, her dad's old medical scrubs, and a plastic pool tube). She is a self proclaimed bitch, and loves to blast her opera to tune peoples thoughts out. Her dad left her and her mom two years ago, she thinks because of a malpractice suit filed against him, but finds out the real reason sooner than she wants. She feels her mom helped push her dad out, and takes most of her aggression out on her mom. It's hard for her to deal with the problems in her life while she hears what people are really thinking.
This book is different...very different. And i don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. The beginning of this book made me really mad, but after a few chapters it got better. I didn't really like some of the imagery, most of it geared toward her "ginormous boobs", but the storyline was great. This book was very riveting. I liked how intense it was at some parts, you actually feel intensely horrified along with Kristi. Through most of the story i didn't like how underdeveloped Kristi's psychic power was, but later in the book that was addressed and i was able to understand a lot better. Overall i liked the storyline, and how it was written, so i would recommend this book.