Stalk Me by Jillian Dodd is a YA novel that is described as Gossip Girl meets Hollywood. This alone had me interested. I'm not a huge Gossip Girl fan, either books or TV show, but I can appreciate the draw it has. And it does have a draw. So, I picked up Jillian Dodd's book on that note alone--and in hopes it might be something my younger sisters might enjoy. But, I was disappointed. I felt like there are two different demographics at war in this book. It definitely has the maturity of a YA story, and deals with Keatyn's high school drama and trying to figure things out that many girls would relate to. However, there is a huge focus on sex in this book, and that really rubbed me the wrong way.
Yes, sex is an issue with teens. Yes, it is something they deal with. Do I think TV shows and books need to focus on it? No! Because, in a sense it's entertainment that is putting this weight on sex in the first place.
The focus, and even glorification of sex in this book has me very concerned, and unwilling to recommend this book to any teenage girl.
So, in my mind the sex dealt with in this book was much to... mature... for a YA audience, but the maturity level of the characters was below a New Adult audience.
Besides that, the book was a little unbelievable at times. This, I expected since it's being related to Gossip Girl and Hollywood. Life is obviously going to be different. I found the lax parenting a little unbelievable, and even the way they were okay with, and even promoting underage drinking, partying and sex was something I had a hard time swallowing.
But, all that said, Jillian Dodd is a good writer. She crafts an interesting story and compelling characters. I love Cush... He's a great male character. Keatyn's struggles are something I think that a lot of teen girls could relate to with not knowing where she belongs, which guy she belongs with...etc...
I'm giving Stalk Me by Jillian Dodd 2 out of 5 stars.
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Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She's popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table.
She's just not sure she wants it anymore.
Because, really, things aren't all that perfect. Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam. Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to. It's exhausting always trying to look and act perfect. And, deep down, she isn't sure if she has any true friends.
To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker. A hot, older man flirts with her and tells her they should make a movie together. And she's crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide.
So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony. But little does she know, there's someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn't happen.
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