Sunday, November 3, 2013

Amy's Review: It's All in Your Mind by Ann Herrick


17-year-old Vija Skalbe wants to be an all-American girl—no matter how hard her parents try to impose their strict Latvian standards on her. Then one day Nolan, a folksinger, steals her heart at a coffeehouse.

Soon Vija is cruising from one adventure to another, dizzy with joy, her new-found freedom and the excitement of being with the kind of guy who is a challenge.

However, when Vija's father has a heart attack, she must take over running the family lawn-care business. She feels overwhelmed until sweet brainiac Joel volunteers to help. He shares the workload and lifts her spirits with his humor. But it is Nolan who fills her heart.

It doesn't matter that Nolan wants everything his way. Or that he's constantly eyeing other girls. Or that he can be pouty and punitive. Or that he says she's seeing things all wrong. Until it does matter. But Vija's in so deep. The thing is, she likes the excitement of being with him. Now, she is about to find out just how much she likes it.

This is a quick young adult read that sucks you in right at page 1.   The story takes place in 1959 and the author does a great job of connecting the reader to the characters. 

There was great suspense in this book that forced me to keep reading, not putting the book down for anything. I loved how the author makes the reader root for Vija to make the right decisions and see what Vija wants has been right in front of her face. 

I give this book 4 stars as the author did a fantastic job of portraying teenage issues, i.e., friendships, relationships and family values.

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