Friday, June 16, 2017

"6 Dates to Disaster" by Cynthia T. Toney

About this book:

  “Her goal is to fly to Alaska. Her family is broke. Will an opportunity to make money be the answer to her prayers—or the road to disaster?
  For her mom’s birthday, Wendy finds an old jewelry box at a flea market—the perfect gift for someone who loves salvaged junk. But inside the box is a cryptic note that appears to have been written recently. Who wrote the note, and did the intended recipient ever see it?
  Wendy’s curiosity leads her on a search with boyfriend David at her side and eager to help.
  But Wendy needs more personal and urgent help—the financial kind—because her stepfather has lost his job. The family’s plan to visit Alaska on vacation is headed down the sewer like a hard Louisiana rain. How will Wendy ever see Mrs. V or Sam again?
  When an opportunity arrives in the form of tutoring Melissa, one of the Sticks, Wendy’s money problems appear to be solved. Until the arrangement takes a turn that gets Wendy into trouble like never before.
  And in the final months of ninth grade, she might lose everything she counted on for the future.”

Series: Book #3 in the “Bird Face” series. Review of Book #1 Here! and Book #2 Here!

Spiritual Content- Prayers; Going to church & Mass; Wendy wears a crucifix & is Catholic; Talks about God & His will; Most ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, Mass, & going to both; Mentions of Catholics & Lutherans; Mentions of a crucifix necklace; Mentions of Easter; A few mentions of a saint; A couple mentions of faiths;
*Note: A mention of a high school goddess.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’, a ‘shoot’, a ‘witch’, two ‘rats’s, and six ‘stupid’s; Some eye rolling; Mentions of underage high school kids drinking & drinking wine/alcohol; Mentions of a high school party with alcohol, drinking, & drunks; Mentions of a car accident, injuries, & pain (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of hatred; Mentions of cheating; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; A few mentions of debts; A few mentions of nightmares; A few mentions of gossip; A couple mentions of drugs; A couple mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of a divorce;
           *Note: A couple mentions of a vampire; A couple mentions of pimples.

Sexual Content- Wendy does have a boyfriend, they go on dates, & they also sometimes talk in low & sultry voices *Spoiler* His parents want them to breakup near the end and they do, Wendy is very heartbroken and upset *End of Spoiler*; three cheek kisses, four forehead/head kisses, six barely-above-not-detailed kisses, five board-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kisses, and 1 semi-detailed kiss; Remembering kisses (barely-above-not-detailed); Sparks & Warmth (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, Hand Holding, & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); Wanting to touch (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Smelling; Many mentions of boyfriends, girlfriends, dating, dates, breakups, heartbreak, & crushes; Mentions of kisses, kissing, & making out; Mentions of touches; Mentions of cute boys & boys that are trouble; Mentions of blushes; A few mentions of hints about having sexual relations with a guy (it’s never said); A mention of a romantic rendezvous;
           *Note: A few mentions of a girl worrying that she’ll get fat; A couple mentions of swimsuits & not wanting a boyfriend to see her in one; A couple mentions of a girl that had anorexia; A mention of a skinny girl not eating; A mention of a bunch of girls in shorts.

-Wendy Robichaud, age 14/15
                                         1st person P.O.V. of Wendy
                                                        210 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
{Add a star for girls in Public School}
I know it’s pretty normal for public school girls and such, but my head is still so boggled at the idea of fourteen-year-olds/fifteen-year-olds dating. I think it’s completely because one of the girls I’ve babysat since she was little is now 14, so all my big sister-ness was coming out while reading “6 Dates to Disaster”. {Which now I get the title.} ;)
I may not have liked all the kisses between Wendy & David, but there were some sweet parts and good learning moments at other times. I’m hoping that there will be a fourth book of Wendy’s summer adventures. :)

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

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