The Taming by Teresa Toten and Eric Walters
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Received from: NetGalley
Cover Thoughts: perfect, which is strange.
Katie likes to believe she's invisible. It seems much safer than being exposed as she is--shy, poor, awkward. So getting up on stage in the school production of The Taming of the Shrew should be complete torture. But as Katie tells it, something totally unexpected happened when she stepped on stage: "My head exploded. I loved it. Acting hit me like a sucker punch and I loved, loved, loved it! . . . Invisible Katie became visible Katharina."
Evan Cooper is, as they say, another story. He knows just what it takes to get noticed, and he uses every one of the skills he's honed after years of being the new kid. Like tossing the keys to his father's high-end Audi to a kid he's never met, first day of school. "I have insurance for car theft," he explains to a shocked Danny. "And there's a full tank." An abuse of the power that comes with privilege and money? Sure.
But more dangerously, is his romance with Katie another version of the same thing? Or is it the real thing?
Review: I got totally blown over by this book. It was totally not what I was expecting. I was thinking a little romance some heartbreak. But all light and fluffy and that is totally not what you get. First you fall in love with Katie and Evan. Katie's thought process is so like mine! Round and round. Looking over every angle to make sure things are okay and working out possible scenarios for what happens next.
Instead of focusing on the film, I worried about whether I was sitting correctly, whether my lip gloss was still on, would he kiss me, and what happens to lip gloss when you kiss? And more than anything I worried about not having enough money for the dinner part."
And at first you don't get what Lisa's problem is. But than things change and it takes you by surprise. You aren't expecting it and you can't believe that it's even happening. This is a very well written story and I don't want to spoil it anymore. I would definitely recommend it.
To end: My favorite Quote of the book is from the very beginning
"You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, Like air, I'll rise." From Still I Rise by Maya Angelou