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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Suzanne Young: The Naughty List

If I could describe The Naughty List in one word, it would be effervescent. Suzanne Young created a story and characters that were frothy and fun.

As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn't enough responsibility! Tessa Crimson's the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad-turned-spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn't be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!

When Tessa's own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa's sneaky ways end in catastrophe?

The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?

Tessa and the Society of Smitten Kittens tore down all of the "airhead" cheerleader stereotypes by running a top secret, but well-established non-profit organization and setting up some dangerous and intricate covert operations to track down cheating boyfriends. The memos and letters to their clients were so entertaining that I wish I could view the photos and videos they obtained as evidence.

It was also nice to see the girls working together, caring about others, and not being catty or mean just because they were popular cheerleaders. Girl power!

My only complaint was that Tessa's personality sometimes grated on my nerves. No one is that perky and perfect all the time--not even cheerleaders. And while I enjoyed reading a YA book that wasn't littered with swearing, Tessa's good-girl image didn't quite gel with the purely sexual relationship she had with her boyfriend and the fact that she spied on (cheating) couples (sometimes) having sex. I'd love to see more of her personality explored and revealed.

I'd also love to see more high-tech investigations. They were, by far, the most entertaining aspect of the story.

All in all, I enjoyed the book and am curious to see what happens next.

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