Sunday 2 October 2016

BOOK REVIEW: 4Ever Girl by Marian Manseau Cheatham

4Ever Girl
Author: Marian Cheatham
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Date Published: July 14, 2016

Book Description:

4Ever Girl, Book Two in the Stratford High Series. Inspired by Shakespeare’s controversial comedy, The Merchant of Venice.

Benji Merchant, has only one desire – to take the beautiful and spirited, Portia Belmont, to their senior prom. But first, Benji must win her heart. He enlists the help of his twin sister, Toni Merchant, in a wild scheme to impress Portia. Toni has reservations, especially when she learns that her brother’s plan involves the elusive tattoo artist, Shiloh Lender. Shiloh agrees to help Benji, but only if Toni concedes to Shiloh’s unbelievable terms. Will Toni accept the challenge and support her brother in his quest for Portia’s love? Or will Toni refuse Shiloh’s conditions and let her brother down?

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This is a pretty staightforward plot. Benji and Shiloh want the same things: the affection of their schoolmates Portia and Toni, who happens to be Benji's twin sister and part of his plan of getting Portia to notice him. The challenge posed throughout the story centres around the lengths the boys will go to in order to get what they desire. I thought Shiloh's demands were interesting, and he, along with Benji, happened to be my favourite characters. They were likable and appeared to be the characters with the most depth.

4Ever Girl is a typical YA Contemporary Romance novel with all the charms of naive and unrequited young love, and as much as it was fun to see these characters trying to win each other over, the plot wasn't enticing enough to maintain my focus, thus I didn't really enjoy the story much. I skipped parts when it became a little too monotonous and whenever I felt the need to put the book down. It was just a little too predictable and not mentally challenging or engaging enough to satisfy my desire to be swept away.

Although I didn't like the story, I liked the writing style, so I would definitely read another work by this author. Unfortunately, 4Ever Girl was just okay for me.



Award: Bronze
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
Source: Review Copy via Reading Addiction Blog Tours

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