Title: Jason and Kyra
Author: Dana Davidson
Publisher: Hyperion Paperbacks
"Jason Vincent is a basketball star and one of the most popular guys in school. Brainy Kyra Evans isn't. But she doesn't much care what people think. Under normal circumstances, Jason and Kyra would live in their separate worlds until graduation. Fate intervenes, however, when the unlikely duo is paired up for a class project. Kyra soon realizes that Jason is not the dumb jock she anticipated. And Jason finds himself telling Kyra things he can't even tell his best friend.
The two grow closer and begin to fall in love. But things are moving way too quickly, and Kyra doesn't know if she is ready to take the next step in their relationship. Being together means navigating challenges - but staying apart may be impossible."
This book is a wonderful romantic story with a bit of emotional baggage. The story is very much predictable, but that's one of the things that makes it a good read - you know where you're going to end up. I'm not sure how realistic it is - the whole outcast/popular relationship thing, but this book makes you want to believe in it. I really enjoyed reading this book and plan on passing it along.
I would recommend this to girls, mostly... and probably in the 9th grade and up range. There is definitely a lot of discussion about sex and the things that go along with it - but it's a safe story. The characters are very real about discussing those things, which helps the awkwardness of the topic.
Otherwise the story is very emotional and a bit heavy at times. And there were a few points where months passed in the blink of a page. That was one little thing that bothered me, but it makes sense why the time passed so quickly. And I must say that these are the most well-spoken teenagers in the country! :). So, I wonder if "realistic" is a good tag for this one. But it's a good, uplifting love story.
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