Rating: 3.5 stars
It’s the summer before senior year and Polly Martin has sworn off boys. Who needs the hurt and confusion? Five recent breakups have left her with an unnatural knowledge of NASCAR, the ultimate hiker’s outfit, a student council position, the sixth highest score on the Donkey Kong machine at the mall, and a summer job at Wild Waves with ex #2 Sawyer Holmes.
Success seems a sure thing when Polly’s grandmother, the syndicated advice columnist, Miss Swoon, moves in for the summer. Polly almost doesn’t mind sharing a room with her little sister, Grace. Think of all the great advice she’ll get!
Everything is going according to plan except… Miss Swoon turns out to be a man-crazy septuagenarian! And then there’s Xander Cooper. If only he wouldn’t keep showing up at Wild Waves with his adorable cousins every afternoon — and what is he writing in that little notebook?
No advice column in the world can prepare Polly for the lessons she learns when she goes on a group camping trip (with three too many ex-boyfriends). Polly is forced to see people for who they are — a blend of good and bad qualities that can’t be reduced to a list or a snappy answer in a Miss Swoon column.
Swoon At Your Own Risk is a quick, fun read!
I loved the characters. There a full spectrum of characters, all wonderfully written. One of my favorite characters had to be Sonnet, she was fun and had a BLOG. Xander was just oh my gosh. He was so sweet and a total cutie.
I do wish the plot had picked up a bit more. In the description, it talks about a camping trip with 3 ex-boyfriends. This didn’t happen til near the end of the book, and what did happen wasn’t much excitement. I wish the camping trip had been played up a bit more.
Swoon at Your Own Risk was really well written. The writing was light, and it was just overall really cute. At the end of every chapter there was a blog post from Sonnet or a Miss Swoon column or poetry. Those parts were my favorite!
Swoon At Your Own Risk would be the perfect spring break read. It’s light, fun and totally cute.