Author: Alexa Young
Published by: HarperTeen, 2009
Genre: Realistic fiction
Recommended to: Girls, 12 and up
Halvalon is back together, and ten times as fabulous before!
BFFs Halley and Avalon think life is good: their huge fight is behind them now, their new "Style Snarks" blog is up and more amazing than ever, and best of all, Halley's longtime crush, Wade, has just confessed that he likes her back. But what about Sofee, Wade's ex and Halley's friend? That's when the girls have a brilliant idea: Avalon will pretend to like Wade so Halley can see him in secret and not break "friend code" with Sofee. In exchange, Halley will boldly nominate Avalon for the pep squad captain (a position that Avalon's cheer friend Brianna already holds). And all the time, the girls will be pretending that they've broken up again. Genius, right? Until Operation Halvalon goes totally, utterly wrong...
I was so happy with the second book in the Frenemies series. First off, I was worried about Ms. Young not coming up with a fresh plotline for this book. How would she carry on the plot to a second novel without being repetitive? Luckily, having a unique new twist in the story was no problem for Ms. Young: I was pleasantly surprised by how brilliant and fun the second book was. I loved all the twists and turns: just when I thought the conflicts would resolve themselves, another problem would appear. And once again, the dialogue was fresh and funny. My favorite part was the snippet from the Style Snarks blog at the end of each chapter, it totally gave me something to look forward to, and it really reflected the girls' voices. Once again, I was thrilled with the great characters, style, great writing, and amazing descriptions of setting, clothes, etc.
Some parts, to me, were a little hard to follow, and all of the back-and-forth was a little bit confusing. But I really liked how Ms. Young went from one girl to another, and how they each had a different story to tell! For instance, Avalon was trying to distract Wade from Halley because Sofee was nearby, but Halley thought that Avalon was flirting with him! Sometimes this drove me nuts, but mostly it just drew me farther into the plot. I loved how Ms. Young totally captured eighth grade in a nutshell: drama, friendship...
Faketastic was a very quick read: I finished it in only 2 days, the whole time eager to find out what would happen next. After this book's sort-of-cliffhanger ending, I can only desperately wait to find out what's next for Halvalon in the next book, Glamnesia--I'm so excited! (:
Click here for my review of Frenemies