Monday, September 27, 2010

Book Review: Greek - Double Date by Marsha Warner

Pages: 208
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Pub. Date: May 1, 2010
Book received for review 
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads says, "Major oops. When Casey Cartwright's brother begs her to be nerdy Dale Kettlewell's date to the sure-to-be-boring Honors Engineering Awards, Casey says yes. Even though Dale is totally not her type… and might have a crush on her. Ugh. But it's a nice thing to do, and Casey's always been the "nice" girl. But now, that night conflicts with the biggest event of the semester, the All-Greek formal. Casey already has a date lined up: hot transfer student Rob Howell. He's her plan to get over her sexy-slacker ex, Cappie. And even nice girls get to be bad sometimes, right? What to do? With a little help from BFF Ashleigh, unwanted advice from frenemy Rebecca Logan and even a push from Cappie, what Casey does may surprise even herself…."

Casey, a self proclaimed good girl and sorority sister, always tries to do the right thing.  Her brother comes to her for a favor. He asks her to get his friend, Dale, a date to the Honors Engineering Awards.  Casey ends up going with Dale herself despite her initial hesitation.  All is going as planned until the Engineering Awards are canceled and moved to the same night as the All Greek Formal, which is one of the most anticipated nights of the year.  This poses a major problem for Casey as she was going to go with her crush, Rob, to this event, even though he has a past with her frenemy, Rebecca.  Her plans have been thwarted, especially because she was hoping to show off Rob in front of her ex-boyfriend, Cappie.  Between the cast of entertaining characters and the college commotion, readers will enjoy this fun, lighthearted ride.  Marsha Warner's Greek: Double Date, which is based on the hit TV show, Greek, proves to be an amusing read, especially for fans of the show.  

You know when you read a book and you think to yourself how perfect this book would be if only you were reading it on the beach sipping a pina colada? Well, sometimes I have this thought frequently, especially if I am reading a book that is mind-candy and that's what I was thinking as I reading Greek: Double Date.  I wish I had this book with me while on vacation this past summer, because it would have been the perfect beach read.  It was a lot of fun to immerse myself in Casey's sorority life, especially with all the drama and tangled webs her friends weave.  Plus, Warner's writing style was simply fun!  

I must admit that at the beginning, I struggled with this book, because I found myself a bit confused; however, things definitely ironed themselves out and by the middle of the novel, I was extremely entertained.  It may be because I've only seen the show a few times and perhaps I needed some prior knowledge? 

This isn't a book that I can put on my classroom shelf as it talks about frat parties, strippers, and alcohol, but I think high school students will really enjoy this book and will get a glimpse into what college life is like, especially if you are in a sorority or fraternity.  If you are fan of the show, it's fun to see the characters come to life and to obtain more background regarding a particular storyline or character.  In fact, readers can learn even more about the characters since the next book in the series, Best Frenemies, comes out this October.  In sum, if you want a quick read that is drama filled and enjoyable, be sure to check out Marsha Warner's Greek: Double Date.   

*Read an excerpt
*Pre-order Best Frenemies

*Thanks to Tricia from Media Muscle for sending me this book to review!


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