Review: Off Center by M.F. Lorson
This cute, quick read is the second book in the Varsity Girlfriends series. It's on sale for $0.99 but goes back to $2.99 in three days, so get it for a great deal today! BUY HERE
Summary - I knew exactly what I wanted out of my senior year. A full ride to Northwestern University. The title of American High School Journalist of the year. And a kiss, not just any kiss, but one from the boy I've been in love with since the sixth grade. By October, my plan was fully in motion with liplock by Christmas Imminent. Imminent, that was, until Andie Mercantile moved to Marlowe Junction, swooping both my beat and my man. Now I'm stuck writing the sports column, a subject I know nothing about. My goals aren't unobtainable, but they will take a lot more work. Just because a sports writer has never won journalist of the year before, doesn't mean it can't be done. And as for the kissing part, I'm not counting myself out just yet. After all, maybe learning a bit about competition is just what I need.
What I Liked About This Book - If you read the first book in the series, Courtside Crush, you know that the story was about two basketball players. I expected this to be the same thing. But it wasn't. It still ties into the varsity girlfriends theme, just in a different kind of way. Which makes it much less about basketball and more about the relationship. The MC, Lane, is kind of stubborn and it's frustrating how she lets people take advantage of her. But everyone needs flaws, otherwise there would be no growth. Also, there's a little twist toward the end which gave me more empathy toward her. There are two potential love interests, one is the nerdy editor of the school paper and the other is a varsity basketball athelete. I don't want to give away too much, but what I will say is that it was nice to see the varsity basketball player as a huge sweetheart. Sometimes we writers (yes I'm guilty of this) stigmatize atheletes and make them the bad guys. It was refreshing to see the athlete as a good guy.
Appropriate For - This one is squeaky clean, so you're good to go for any age.
About The Author - M.F. Lorson lives and works in Eastern Oregon as a Youth Services Librarian. To contact the author directly please visit the following website. http://mflorson.weebly.com/ You can also follow her on twitter as @ReviewLibrarian or visit her facebook page www.facebook.com/mflorson.