Thursday, 29 December 2011

Review: Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK by Betsy St. Amant

Title: Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK
Author: Betsy St. Amant
Publication date: January 1st 2012
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Religious
Cover rating: 4/5
Content rating: 4/5
Buy (pre-order): Amazon

Description via Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Addison Blakely has tireless played the role of PK—preacher’s kid—her entire life. But after Wes Keegan revs his motorcycle into town and into her heart, Addison begins to wonder how much of her faith is her own and how much has been handed to her. She isn’t so sure she wants to be the good girl anymore. Join Addison Blakely as she attempts to separate love from lust, facts from faith, and keep her head above water in her murky, fishbowl existence.

My thoughts:

This doesn't appear to be a series but I think it should be.

Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK really kept me entertained! I was genuinely engrossed in this story. It was nothing like I thought it would be- it was much better and a very pleasant surprise. I really could not put this book down and read it straight through in about two sittings.

I really liked Addison. She was a little irritating at times but it's nice to see such an honest character. She didn't pretend she knew everything and she wasn't afraid to question the way she'd been brought up. Although I may not have agreed with all her ideas, it was certainly refreshing and admirable to see a female protagonist who has principles- and sticks to them!- and doesn't go out of her way to change herself just for a guy. I really did like watching Addison grow as the book went on and I thought her character was very well developed.

Wes was also a pretty likeable guy. I thought it was a bit obvious what he was hinting at times, and felt like Addison should have been more alert and not so oblivious. I liked that we got to see all sides of him and that he didn't pretend to be something he wasn't. He wasn't afraid to admit that he wasn't perfect and he was also really sweet and went out of his way to do the right thing, even if he wasn't sure how to do so!

The more minor characters such as Addison's dad, Kathy, Claire and Marta were incredibly well developed considering how little time was devoted to them. I was impressed at how well we got to know them. The plot itself was a tad predictable, to be honest, but I still found myself racing to the end to find out what was going to happen.

All in all, I enjoyed this book. It wasn't amazing but it was fun and still deep at the same time. I felt I really new the characters by the end. Also, it made me laugh a few times which I always appreciate!

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