Tuesday, June 23, 2009

HANDCUFFS by Bethany Griffin

Where do you draw the line between actual love and dangerous obsession? HANDCUFFS by Bethany Griffin, explores this serious question.

Parker Prescott can't get her ex-boyfriend out of her mind. His pressuring to go farther than she wanted to was what ended their relationship, but she is now realizing that he is one of the few people she truly feels comfortable with and able to be herself. There could be a possibility of reuniting until the two of them are discovered in a compromising position by her parents.

Being grounded indefinitely gives a girl plenty of time to think. Parker examines her relationship with not only her ex, but also her entire family and her best friend Raye. There's her little brother - cute but ADHD makes him a bundle of annoying, non-stop action. Her older sister Paige is has a mess of problems including a brand new husband, a drinking problem, and a stalker complete with a restraining order. Loss of her father's job and financial problems are front and center in the lives of her parents, while best friend Raye is recovering from a nasty breakup.

I was a bit annoyed with Parker at times. She's a bit of a whiner and lets her heart rule her head too much for my taste. However, there are many lessons to be learned and enough plot action to entertain most teen readers. I'll be interested to see what Bethany Griffin takes on next.

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