Sunday, June 15, 2008

51. "The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc" - Lorraine Despres

Aha, I thought. I've found a beach book. The word "summer" is in the title. It looks like fun.


Sissy LeBlanc was your do-all Southern gal with smiles for the football players and an entire cheer created for her boyfriend, the (of course) captain of the football team.

She grows up, she has impossibly crazy things happen to her, and she settles down with the nerd of her class, while still carrying a torch for the captain. When he comes back into town, it throws Sissy into a thoughtful reminiscence of what could have been.

Toss in some holier-than-thou politics and a half-black cousin and you have a genuine soap opera of a book. It never spent the time to convince the reader of its believability, but chugged along on Southern Belle Handbook phrases on grabbing and keeping a man. I kept hoping it would get better, but to my chagrin, it became more unbelievable and irritating. Ah well, I suppose that's why they are beach books.

What are *your* beach books for this summer?

1.75 out of 5.0 Tidal Waves.

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