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Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green

Title: The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball
Author: Risa Green
ISBN: 9781402241062
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Page #: 315
Source: From my public library

"When Erin Channing's favorite aunt dies, Erin is bequeathed a pink crystal ball and a set of weird instructions. Granted, Aunt Kiki (aka Aunt Kooky) always lived 'outside the box.' But now Erin and her two best friends are convinced that the pink crystal ball holds the key to their future - or at least the key to getting dates.

Consider your fate to be sealed...
* Absolute knowledge is not unlimited; let the planets be your guide to the number.
* There are sixteen ways to die, but four of them you will never see.
* The future belongs to you alone. Other voices will be disappointed.
* One rotations is as far as you can see. Only uncertainty lies beyond."
First Lines:

"Things About Me That Might, in Some Alternate Universe, Be Interesting Enough for the Committee of Tenth Grade Teachers to Pick Me for the AP Art History Trip to Italy
* I have the highest GPA in the tenth grade.
* I can recite the periodic table in alphabetical order to the tune of the disco classic 'YMCA.'"
Page 1

This book was super cute, from start to finish. It was a little predictable, but what cutesy chick lit book isn't? It's all about three girls who find themselves in the middle of a lot of drama that they believe is the fault of a pink crystal ball that Erin was given from her Aunt. There's lots of relationship stuff - I mean, what girl wouldn't wish for something boy-related, right?

One of my favorite things about this book is the friendship of the three girls. I love how they all just assume they are going to someone's house after school because that's what they do. I used to have a group of friends like that. They are your besties and you do almost everything together. And it's not without its bumps in the road, but this book does a good job of showing friendship at its best.

I also enjoyed that the main character, Erin, is a smartypants. I mean, best grades, always looking at things scientifically, getting the best of the best in everything. And her whole world is flipped upside down because of something metaphysical. She isn't used to thinking about magic and breaking any rules, but the crystal ball has other plans for her.

As you can imagine, lots of shenanigans ensue. The girls ask for silly things, boyfriends, and bigger boobs. Several things backfire which causes much of the drama. But it's a really fun book and I loved getting to know the characters. The ending is left a little open ended, so I'm wondering if the author is going to do another book with these characters.

I would recommend this book to girls who are looking for a great chick lit read. It's a lot of fun and the main character's voice is very humorous. I'll definitely be handing this one to a few girls at work. I know they will love it. Not to mention the cuteness of the cover! Adorable!

Check out the author's website. She's had books turn into tv shows, so lets hope for more YA Fic from her!
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Anonymous said...

I do want to read this one. I just love the pink cover and it sounds like a fun romp :)

Thanks for the review,

Bookish in a Box said...

This looks cute!

DaydreamerN said...

I love the name of this book! so want to read it!

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