What Would Emma Do, by Eileen Cook

Monday, 4 August 2014

What Would Emma Do?, by Eileen Cook

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 3/5 stars

Publication: December 30, 2008, by Simon Pulse

Format: Paperback Edition (borrowed)

Goodreads Summary: Thou Shalt Not Kiss Thy Best Friend’s Boyfriend...again...

There is no greater sin than kissing your best friend’s boyfriend. So when Emma breaks that golden rule, she knows she’s messed up big-time...especially since she lives in the smallest town ever, where everyone knows everything about everyone else...and especially since she maybe kinda wants to do it again. Now her best friend isn’t speaking to her, her best guy friend is making things totally weird, and Emma is running full speed toward certain social disaster. This is so not the way senior year was supposed to go.

Time to pray for a minor miracle. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s time for Emma to stop trying to please everyone around her, and figure out what she wants for herself.


  Eileen Cook is a spectacular author. Now, to this day, I've read most of her books, which were all pleasing. This one, not so much compared to the others' spectacularity. In many ways, this will be a more grown-up Margaret from Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

   This is about Emma, who sinned a lot lately. She kissed her best friend's boyfriend, and her bestie's mom saw. That basically ruined a lot, and word gets around fast in a small town that Emma can't wait to get out of. All she can't wait for is to graduate, and to finally be free from everyone, including her strict non-understandable mother, who loves the small-town life. Now, many of the popular girls in her school are getting strange seizures, and it all leads to someone that Emma has come to know pretty well.


      This was me for a long period of the book. I was mainly waiting for something to happen, but I found that a lot of the plot and goodness from the book was dragged away. This ended up as a sort of no-plot book, because there really was no point to it. This was a book that took place in a few weeks of a girl's life. She has problems, yes, and she's average, though. Nothing too special about her, and that made her character bland and flat. Not too much for my liking.

        The plot was very dominated with Emma's feelings. She wasn't the most likeable character, but she was fine. I found that the author sticked with making Emma be the most important element of getting this book to be amazing, and that took all of the attention away from the rest of the book. Emma was likeable and relatable.

          The romance between Emma and Colin was beautiful, so beautiful. I just wish that it stayed...

            Too bad it wasn't a movie and I wasn't able to see it. :(

           Overall, this book was okay. It had its pros and cons, and although I do recommend it, I wouldn't say to put it at the top or close to the top of your TBR list. If you get to it, great, if not, no biggie. You're not missing out on too much--just an average contemporary with a twisty plot twist in the end.

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