Friday, December 24, 2010

Review: The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

HAPPY CHRISTMAS everyone! I can't believe another year is almost over! What will 2011 bring? So many possibilities! Well, I hope that everyone is safe these holidays and that you feel the love of family and friends!

I'll do just a little review before I try and enjoy the festivities...I wish I had snow, then it would really feel like Christmas....but sunshine and beach are good enough for now. ; )

Overall Impression: ***

Who/What decided me: Just randomly came across on Goodreads

Short synopsis (Goodreads): When Will and Bet were four, tragic circumstances brought them to the same house, to be raised by a wealthy gentleman as brother and sister. Now sixteen, they’ve both enjoyed a privileged upbringing thus far. But not all is well in their household. Because she’s a girl, Bet’s world is contained within the walls of their grand home, her education limited to the rudiments of reading, writing, arithmetic, and sewing. Will’s world is much larger. He is allowed—forced, in his case—to go to school. Neither is happy.

So Bet comes up with a plan and persuades Will to give it a try: They’ll switch places. She’ll go to school as Will. Will can live as he chooses. But once Bet gets to school, she soon realizes living as a boy is going to be much more difficult than she imagined.

My Review: This was a good read. A bit short, but good. I liked the characters and I’m glad things worked out how they did. I don’t think I could do this myself though, man! Talk about a cramp in the gut every time something could go wrong! The author described things well and the characters were easy to get to know.

My only complaint is that the books is so short! 192 pages? And really, it shouldn’t have ended where it did. You know what is going to happen, but I still would like to read about it. Maybe there is another one coming? Not sure.

Worth a read though, especially considering that it goes by so quickly

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