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Monday, November 1, 2010

The Oracle Rebounds by Allison van Diepen

The Oracle Rebounds by Allison van Diepen
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (203 pgs)
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Orchid

As the "oracle of dating," Kayla is supposed to have all the answers about love and relationships. She's supposed to have the perfect relationship. But now that Jared is "taking a step back," Kayla feels like a total fraud.

So the expert on dating starts taking her own rebound advice—and some from her friends—and stops moping around. Yeah, there are other possibilities out there—including the beyond-cute French foreign exchange student she's showing around town.

But when controversy erupts about the Oracle's advice, Kayla is sent reeling once again. Will anything work out for her this year? Yet when her friends start seriously needing the Oracle, Kayla begins to focus on what really matters: Viv, Sharese, Amy and Ryan, her true-blue buds. And suddenly, everything starts making sense again….

This book had fun, sadness and romance. It portrayed the lives of a teenage girl and her friends in a very true to life fashion.

The Oracle of Dating is a teenage blogspot run by Kayla. Very few people know the true identity of the Oracle. Kayla draws on her real life experiences to answer questions from teenagers with problems. Fine, but what happens when she has her own problem?  What happens when her boyfriend breaks up with her?

After a few days she knows she must do what she advises others to do. It’s hard, but she carries on with life even though her heart is breaking. Then her parents host a French student and life changes drastically. The boy is hot!

Throughout the book there are inserts showing questions from her “clients” and the answers Kayla gives as the Oracle. This provided an extra interest as Kayla also tried to help her friends with their problems, even though they didn’t know her secret identity.

The story moved along at a fast rate and kept me reading. Writing in the first person was a very clever way of getting inside Kayla’s head to see what she was thinking. It added extra spice to the story, especially when she told herself off for putting herself in a risky situation.

The other characters in the book were strong in their own right even though they were a background to Kayla. I have mentioned that this is Inspirational. This is because there is a spiritual element in some of the characters lives. This is not intrusive in the story and Kayla’s friends are a usual mixture of teenagers, some quiet, some outspoken and others just plain normal.

The Oracle Rebounds while true to life also has elements of fun, excitement and teenage problems. This is not only a good story to read, it could also might teenagers who have problems. Congratulations to the author for her ability to get right down the nitty gritty of the life, love and angst of being a teenager.