***Magic in Manhattan #1***
Author: Sarah Mlynowski

Where to begin? First off this type of book (cover art,title,synopsis) is not my typical read. However, as many of you may know I have frequented my local Borders now that it is going out of business. How could I pass this book up, I’m a sucker for deals…and this was a steal of a deal. I purchased the hardcover copy for $1.59 at Borders! There’s no way I could pass that up regardless of any reservations I had.
To my surprise from the very first page I was in love. I couldn’t believe how much I was enjoying this book. It’s written in a very Judy Blume “It’s Me Margaret”, type of style and I love that. Although the characters are relatively younger than me it’s the elements the transcends time. No matter how old you are, you go through regret, doubt, fear,hope, love, and heartbreak. Bras and Broomsticks has all that and much more.

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Like a classic episode of the Brady Bunch you have your “brilliant idea” , the “consequence” and the “lesson learned”. I can’t tell you how many times I actually laughed out loud while reading this book….yes it has parts that are just that funny. Bras and Broomsticks is written in the first person through the main Character Rachel. Every page is a day in her life as it is happening. You feel what she feels, you see what she sees. I can’t say enough good things about this unexpected jewel that I picked up! Not only will you walk away having read the first part of a great story, but it will also make you think about your life.
What are you willing to do for the things you think you want, and once you get them will the price you paid have been worth it? Amazing amazing amazing….needless to say I went back to borders and bought books #2 and #3, which I will be reading and reviewing in the future.
So, my recommendation would be for everyone to go pick up this book, you will not regret it!

COVER: Cute, but it is a bit more childlike than my usual read.
CHARACTERS: Very well written, I felt like I knew each of them.
IMAGERY: This book was not heavily descriptive, but you still could imagine each place, person and thing, but the “feelings” Rachel gave off about what she say.
PLOT: Classic,but with a twist. A creative way to integrate more than one theme, but still keep you guessing.
PACE: Steady, perfect for this book.

Other suggested books of this category: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (review) and Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (review). Hope you enjoy.

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