Saturday, November 26, 2011
"Betsy Wickwire's Dirty Secret" by Vicki Grant
It is rare that a book makes me laugh out loud, but this book did just that. Even though this book covers some serious subject matters, it is written well and twists and turns with just enough quirky situations to keep the reader guessing and turning pages. The main characters too are quirky and interesting and banter back and forth with just the right amount of angst, wit and humour. "Betsy's life is going down the drain: dumped by her boyfriend, betrayed by her best friend, shamed by the world... " - we've heard similar plot lines before but this one is done very well. Betsy is your typical popular, beautiful girl who is loved by all, but Grant shows her true strength when Betsy is thrown into a whirlpool of hurt. Dolores Morris is the "mouthy, green-haired outsider" who befriends Betsy and helps pull her up from her downward spiral. Dolores is small in stature, yet a bigger-than-life character who Grant writes so realistically that it is truly refreshing. I love that Vicki Grant is Canadian - wahoo! She is a funny writer who knows the recipe to writing a good book: she writes a serious book blended with with just the right number of laugh-out-loud situations. I highly recommend this book.