Monday, February 25, 2013

Teens Review Books for Teens

You Review:

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In this edition of You Review, awesome YA reader Sam L. reviews Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell.

Carpe Diem
Carpe diem
by Autumn Cornwell

You Reviewed by Sam L.
Carpe Diem centers on Vassar Spore, an overachieving 16-year-old girl who has her life planned perfectly for the next 10 years.  Vassar’s plans are interrupted, however, when her parents are blackmailed by her eccentric, globe-traveling Grandma Gerd into allowing their only daughter to travel through Southeast Asia for the summer.  Through the crowded streets, questionable food choices, and treks up impossible mountains, Vassar attempts to learn the secret that forced her into this predicament.
After reading Carpe Diem, it has quickly become one of my favorite books.  The cast of characters inhabiting the novel is not only humorous, but also--for the most part--believable, while the Southeast Asian setting provides the perfect backdrop for adventure.  Excellent writing paired with just enough information about the languages and places Vassar visits make Carpe Diem an exceptional read well worth your time.