Briefly: Simone’s dad is a very busy writer/producer. Ever since his sitcom about a man stuck in a dog’s body has been on TV, Simone has seen less and less of him. Her brother, Max, is in college and lives with his roommates, and now Dad’s girlfriend has maneuvered her way into staying with Simone and her father while her floors are being redone. Not the subtle type, Dad’s girlfriend, Hillary, has made is quite clear (to anyone within a 100-mile radius) that she intends to be the new Mrs. Walker and soon.
Before she quite knows what happened, it is decided (by the master manipulator) that Simone would be so bored on a family trip to Italy, so she should spend a month in the summer with her brother in his house. And Simone’s best friend, Nicole, couldn’t be more happy – she’s had a crush on Max like forever. Plus Nicole is sure this is just what Simone needs to loosen up around guys. Simone, however, isn’t so sure. She’s always self-conscious about her weight, and her bad eating habits have gotten worse since her dad started working so much.
It’s hard for Simone to understand her worth, and even harder for her to get her dad to pay attention and see Hillary for what she is. And when Simone stumbles into a Zumba class, slows down on the junk food and starts seeing herself as valuable, Hillary just may become deadly.
Didja Like It?: Like all of Ms. Palmer’s books, this story is a modern retelling of a fairy tale. It’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this time, with a twist. Light, with some deeper moments, it’s a cute story that has all of the characters from the original, but maybe not completely in the form that you remember.
Anything Else to Mention?: In this “series,” the pop culture references are many and the bits that recall the Grimm brothers’ tale are revived in fun and unexpected ways. Look for them!
To Read or Not To Read: Yes; it’s clever and sweet with new and interesting bits to keep this ol’ apple polished and crisp.
Wicked Jealous by Robin Palmer was published July 19, 2012 by Speak. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library and read it all by herself.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance
Ages: 12 and up
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