What Would Emma Do?
What Would Emma Do? isn't a great book in my opinion. When I first started reading it, I was thinking "Oh, this girl is going to talk to God at the beginning of the chapters. That's cool." But throughout the book, she was making fun of Christianity and God, which I didn't appreciate. Seriously, what is with the YA books I'm reading lately that does this? First Meridian, now this one. As in Meridian, the Christians were taking their religion too far and practically making it a cult, with the main character being sarcastic about Christianity.
What I liked about this book was the hilarious conversations between the characters. There were times during reading that I would laugh out loud because of the humor. Eileen Cook is a great conversationalist writer, but other than that she's not.
If I would've read What Would Emma Do? when I was thirteen, I think I would have enjoyed reading it more. It's a bit like The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (all of which I've read throughout my teen years), though not nearly as well-written.
Ideas expressed/message/plot: Thou Shalt Not Kiss Thy Best Friends Boyfriend& again& There is no greater sin than kissing your best friends boyfriend. So when Emma breaks that golden rule, she knows shes messed up big-time. Especially since she lives in the smallest town ever, where everyone knows everything about everybody else& and especially since she maybe kinda wants to do it again. Now her best friend isnt speaking to her, her best guy friend is making things totally weird, and Emma is running full speed toward certain social disaster. This is not the way senior year was supposed to go.
Time to pray for a minor miracle. Or maybe, just maybe, its time for Emma to stop trying to please everyone around her, and figure out what she wants for herself.
Favorite character, quotes/lines: Emma: I thought she was good protagonist, and her choices wouldnt have been easy for me to make either, I definitely identified with her/ Todd: I wished he was in the book more& he seemed like he would have been an interesting character to explore
When I finished this book I felt: I definitely liked it, but I wasnt really impressed with the ending. I really enjoyed the book: it was funny and relatable. However, I thought the ending was really sudden and left me wanting more of a wrap up of the story. I thought that the religion aspects of the novel were well incorporated and I identified with Emmas doubts and thoughts on faith, church, and church-goers (in particular).
I would recommend this book to: teen girls& and their mothers. I think it sends some thought provoking messages.
I really enjoyed this book. The whole Are You There God? vibe is what caught me from the very first page. The back of the cover had me thinking that this book might be some kind of love story dealing with the best friend's boyfriend, but it's so much more than that.
I could relate to Emma in many ways. I know the feeling of growing up in a small knit community that is stuck in the middle of the Bible Belt where everyone knows your business. If they don't know it, they make it up. The questioning of faith, and the desperate need to get out of there, wanting way more than the place can offer you. Even if that means leaving your friends and family behind.
The other characters in this book...well, let's just say if I could somehow morph into it, I would slap a few of them silly. i.e. Darci. Through the story, even Emma's friends (okay, sure she did kiss her best friends boyfriend, but they're all trying to move past that in a sense), aren't in my eyes the greatest of friends when it comes to things that Emma wants or is doing for herself. That's one thing I enjoyed about Emma's character is that even though she gets annoyed by thing, she takes people for who they are.
This book had parts were I got irritated (by characters, not the writing), laughed, loved every moment of the sass, and overall the story behind it. Stand up for yourself, no matter what people say. I hope there is another follow up to Emma's story, because for me there were too many loose ends, and plus I just would love to read more on the genuine character she is.
The weird part of this book was the fact that it never said anything about the mystery that was within the book. There was like this whole other plot besides the main one which totally confused me. And also, the whole other plot reminded me of The Scarlet Letter because of the whole girls-faking-it-which-led-to-huge-breakout-of-accuses-and-confusion.
The best part of this book was the little excerpts in the beginning of each chapter. They were so funny and amusing! Because I'm a Christian and everything, it made me reflect about my relationship with God and made me realize that I'm kind of like Emma in the way that I always try to compromise with God and stuff. I felt like I could really relate to her.
Though this book was a bit confusing and kind of religion-based, it was pretty interesting and if you like religious, funny books, then try this one out.