Book Review: Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up? by Sara Hantz

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Book Title: Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?
Author: Sara Hantz
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

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Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand UpWill the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?
Sara Hantz
Entangled Teen, May 2014
ISBN 978-1-62266-262-3
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From the publisher—

Abi Saunders might be a kickboxing champion, but when it comes to being the center of attention, she’d rather take a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus any day. So when her trainer convinces her to audition to be the stunt double for hot teen starlet Tilly Watson, Abi is shocked—and a little freaked out—when she gets the job.

Being a stunt double is overwhelming, but once the wig and makeup are on, Abi feels like a different person. Tilly Watson, to be exact. And when Tilly’s gorgeous boyfriend, Jon, mistakes Abi for the real star, Abi’s completely smitten. In fact, she’s so in love with her new life, it isn’t long before she doesn’t have time for her old one.

But when the cameras are turned off, will she discover running with the Hollywood A-list isn’t quite the glamorous existence she thought it was?

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Life has a way of getting sort of messy sometimes but, miraculously, things often work out better than you might expect. Originally, my spot on this tour was scheduled for May 5th but, having managed to become, shall we say, a bit disorganized, I needed to ask for a postponement and the tour organizer graciously worked with me. Then, I was hit with an illness that really screwed up my reading and reviewing schedule and I had to delay several things. I pushed on with this one, though, because I just couldn’t beg off and I’m so glad I did because Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up? was precisely what I needed to lift my spirits.

Is this the greatest novel ever written? No, but it’s a light, easy read that’s fun and, putting aside the issue of whether many teens would ever find themselves in such a position, it really does show what teens (and, let’s face it, many adults) are like. I’ve seen other reviews that think Abi is shallow and insecure and makes foolish choices. Hell-o-o!  Isn’t this the essence of being a teenager? I don’t read young adult fiction because I’m looking for a protagonist who is mature and wise in all things; do you?  Think how unrealistic that would be not to mention boring!

The most appealing thing to me about Abi was her speech impediment. I love that Ms. Hantz saw fit to show a girl with a disability as a person who doesn’t let it rule her life and friends Liv and Matt help her do that. Abi is also the poster child for anyone who has ever found themselves in a world of instant celebrity and let everything get out of control.  It’s not hard to sympathize with her even while wanting to shake some sense into her, especially when she blinds herself to what—and who—is really waiting for her.

 I enjoyed this tale for what it is, a bit of fantasy in the midst of real life and, once again, Sara Hantz has completely entertained me. When all is said and done, that’s just what a reader needs sometimes and I thank Ms. Hantz for it  😉

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, May 2014.

About the Author

 

Sara HantzSara Hantz comes from the UK and now lives in Australia (via ten years in New Zealand). Sara lectured for many years before deciding to devote more time to her writing and working in the family business. She has two grown-up children and, when not writing or working, she spends more time than most people she knows watching TV–in fact if TV watching were an Olympic sport she’d win gold. She is also the author of In the Blood and The Second Virginity of Suzy Green. You can find Sara at the following links.

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Cover Reveal: Sticks and Stones by Shawn McGuire

Sticks and Stones

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Title: Sticks and Stones
Series: The Wish Makers #1
Author: Shawn McGuire
Publication date: June 15th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Synopsis:

Everyone has a dark side. Mandy’s just moved in with her.

The last time sixteen-year-old Mandy Matteo broke a rule, her
sister died. Since that day she has done only what is expected of
her, but life as a goody-goody has made Mandy so boring her friends
have all but abandoned her. And she’s given up on ever getting
Ethan, the boy she’s liked forever, to notice her. Desperate,
Mandy makes a wish to simply be happy.

Her wish is granted and happiness arrives in the form of Lexi, her
childhood imaginary friend come to life. Magical wishes have conditions
though: Once started, the wish cannot be altered or stopped. And
once Mandy is truly content with her life again, Lexi must go back to
where she came from. But Lexi loves being alive and she’ll do
whatever it takes to stay that way.

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About the Author

 

Shawn McGuireShawn McGuire started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that’s episode IV) as a kid; she couldn’t wait for the next one so wrote her own episodes. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost. STICKS AND STONES is her debut and is the first in the planned five-book YA fantasy series, THE WISH MAKERS. She grew up in the beautiful Mississippi River town of Winona, Minnesota and after graduating college moved to the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin where she lived for many years. She and her family now call Colorado home and when not writing or reading, Shawn enjoys cooking and baking, crafts, interior decorating, and spending time hiking and camping in the spectacular Rocky Mountains.
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