On the Loose by Jenny B. Jones

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Title: On the Loose (A Katie Parker Production, #2)

Author: Jenny B. Jones

Published By: Sweet Pea Productions (2014)

Synopsis: Six months into her stay with her foster parents, Katie Parker is finally adjusting to her new family. But when a tornado rips through the town of In Between, nothing is ever the same. When her foster mom, Millie, is diagnosed with cancer, Katie begins to doubt if God really does care. What will happen to Katie? Could she possibly have to leave In Between and the family she’s come to depend on? Things spiral even further out of control when Katie juggles a malfunctioning best friend, Spring Break plans, and holding the attention of her own Prince Charming. It’s going to take more than a glass slipper and some fairy dust to fix Katie’s problems. But will help come in time? (Taken from Goodreads)

Review:

This book was hysterical and hilarious. Katie Parker is the best teenager ever. She is full of smart comments, sarcasm, and otherwise funny things that had me laughing every other sentence. Yet, her thoughts seem very realistic—like an average teenager. She has gone through so much, and though her thoughts may have some negative sarcasm, she is great at looking on the bright side (though she’d never admit it). Katie is truly an amazing person and character and my only sadness is that she is only a fictional character—she seems real enough to be a real person!

I could talk all day on the characters. Frances was a great best friend for Katie, encouraging and yet still realistic. I hated Angel so much, probably more than Katie herself did, and I was yelling at Katie for not doing something about it. Of course, when she finally did do something, I was cheering her on. I loved Maxine, then I didn’t like her at all, then I liked her, then I was so mad at her, but in the end I knew she had a good heart. Katie is lucky to be in such a good family.

The teenage drama written in was well done as well; while there was mild teenage romance, it was nothing more serious than a crush (though I don’t know exactly what you’d call Frances’s situation). It was hilarious but realistic and you can’t help but side with Katie.

Negative Content:

Though there is nothing directly inappropriate for young audiences, an older audience (12+) would be more likely to truly appreciate this work.

Overall:

What else is there to say? This book was amazing and incredible and awesome. One of the best books I’ve read this year.

Rating: 5.0

Recommended to: Ages 12+!

 

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