The Low Down: Miranda Prospero’s life has taken a definite turn for the worse. A former popular girl with all the trappings (hottie boyfriend, popular sidekicks, unlimited shopping funds, mean girl attitude), her fall from grace landed her behind the counter of Hot-Dog Kabob. Miranda must earn money the old-fashioned way to pay reparations for a scheme gone way wrong. And who brought her down? Her loving boyfriend, Brian Bishop.
A horrible snowstorm is threatening to hit, but she still has to go to the mall. At least she gets to work with Ariel, a sweet girl who worships Miranda. Today’s Ariel’s birthday, and Miranda has organized a surprise party for her. But as the storm worsens, there’s a break-in at one of the stores; one of the store employees is missing; and occupants of the mall are forced to stay inside all night to wait out the storm.
From negotiating with a group of shoppers (many of them Miranda’s former friends) for supplies to organizing search teams to bringing the shoppers and workers together with an impromptu rave, Miranda’s natural abilities take over. The question is: can she and her cohorts figure out who the thief is before he/she strikes again? And can she do that while being handcuffed to a boy she just met – and can’t stand?
Here T’is: I have read a lot of Shakespeare’s plays, but ‘The Tempest’ was not one of them. To give myself a little background, I read the Wikipedia article about it so I could get the gist of the story. I do think it helped and made the reading of the story more fun.
Tempestuous has a lighter storyline and a completely different style and theme than the second book in the series, Exposure. I love what Miranda’s late mother had written in her copy of Jane Austen’s Emma, “Rebuke = Redemption.” This is not something that Miranda wants to hear or really even gets at the beginning of the story. As with most flawed heroes, she has to make it through the quest to really discover what she is made of. And, along the way, others show their worth and value in surprising ways that further cement the conclusion that the downfall was what needed to happen all along.
The Bottom Line: You don’t have to be a fan or even a reader of Shakespeare to enjoy this book. It goes to show that there are universal truths that cut across all eras. And right now, I am picturing some mean girl wenches receiving their comeuppance.
Tempestuous by Kim Askew & Amy Helmes was published December 18, 2012 by Merit Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to Merit Press/F+W Media and the Authors.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance Series
Ages: 12 and up
You Might Want to Know: Some underage drinking and profanity.
See my previous reviews of books by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes: