Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Enchanting Review: Something Borrowed

YA Romance
Simon Pulse
ISBN# 978-4-4169-5289-3
272 pages
Paperback – Available April 2008

Rating: 5 Enchantments

Happy-go-lucky Ava is the maid of honor for her sister Camilla’s upcoming wedding, an extremely stressful role considering Camilla’s Bridezilla-like tendencies. As if dealing with her crazy sister isn’t enough, Ava’s boyfriend Lance dumps her only two weeks before the wedding. Now Ava has to scramble to find a hot a fun date.

This normally wouldn’t be a problem for Ava because she knows how to catch a guy’s eye, but she just doesn’t seem to be having any luck this time. The wedding looms ever closer, but something always goes wrong with every potential date Ava lands. With no other options left, Ava asks her best friend Theresa if she can borrow Theresa’s boyfriend Jason, a guy Ava doesn’t even particularly like, to be her date to the wedding; to her, this is much better than going stag. To Ava’s surprise, though, the night with Jason turns out to be much more than she bargained for.

I really enjoyed reading SOMETHING BORROWED; it was fun, flirty, and cute. I did find it a little strange that Ava made it her number-one-priority to find a date, because there are definitely more important things in life than that, but I did admire her loyalty to her sister Camilla and best friend Theresa. Plus, Ava had a pretty good sense of humor. It was fun to read along as Ava tried to fix Camilla’s all-too-frequent nervous breakdowns or pick up another hottie. My one minor annoyance was actually over the not-completely-appropriate title; Ava doesn’t resort to borrowing anyone until t the very last portion of the story. Nevertheless, SOMETHING BORROWED was a very enjoyable read that kept me giggling.

Catherine Hapka has written more books than her character Ava has picked up guys. Her other novels include The Twelve Dates of Christmas and Love on Cue of the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies as well as books for various series.

Rachael Stein
Enchanting Reviews
August 2008

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