Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Enchanting Review: The Debutante

Contemporary YA
ISBN 1-4231-0045-X
256 Pages
Trade Paperback – Available May 20, 2008

Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

Annie’s about to go through the most traumatic experience of her life so far, moving from Connecticut, to Beaufort, Alabama, right before the start of her senior year of high school. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Beaufort is home to her crazy younger cousins and even worse, her very southern, very traditional grandmother.

But things can get worse before they get better, especially when Annie’s grandmother drops the bomb that she expects Ann Gordon to debut like all other proper young ladies. Annie can’t imagine doing such a thing, but if she wants her grandmother’s help to pay for university, she just may be forced to don a puffy white dress in July and all the other headaches that go along with becoming a debutante in the south.

Annie slowly learns to maneuver her new life in Beaufort, getting used to being called by her full name of Ann Gordon by people other than her grandmother and learning to deal with the fact that there’s no way out of her making her debut as The Debutante. And maybe, things in the south aren’t as bad as she actually expected them to be.

I really enjoyed this book. Annie’s a great character, who finds herself uprooted and taken away from everything she’s ever known and dropped into what seems like an entirely different world in Alabama. A world filled with people with two first names; a field hockey team that isn’t the strong, championship winning team she’s used to being a part of. But in the midst of it all, the friends she makes might just be the one thing to keep her sane.

THE DEBUTANTE is Ms. Williams’s first book.

Enchanting Reviews
February 2008

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