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Thursday, May 17, 2012
2:34 PM | Posted by Chelsey
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Publication Date: May 8, 2012Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Libby Kelting had always felt herself born out of time. No wonder the historical romance-reading, Jane Austen-adaptation-watching, all-around history nerd jumped at the chance to intern at Camden Harbor, Maine’s Oldest Living History Museum. But at Camden Harbor Libby’s just plain out of place, no matter how cute she looks in a corset. Her cat-loving coworker wants her dead, the too-smart-for-his-own-good local reporter keeps pushing her buttons, her gorgeous sailor may be more shipwreck than dreamboat — plus Camden Harbor’s haunted. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, Libby learns that boys, like ghosts, aren’t always what they seem.
Anything with the words “Pilgrims” and “Pink” is sure to catch my eye because I am a History major, and have you seen my blog? :) I thought the book might be a little young for my taste, but I was wrong. I wanted to give it a shot and I am so glad that I was able to review this for the author and I only wish now that I could meet her in person!
This book definitely fits the category of Charming!! From the minute I opened it until I flipped over the very last page I was constantly laughing. Stephanie Strohm has such an eye for humor and really knows how to appeal to the appropriate age group within her writing. She is witty and her characters have these amazing punch lines that come in right at the exact moments to provide unstoppable laugh out loud reading!
The main character, Libby Kelting, was one that I immediately was drawn to. I know a lot of people are probably going to say that she was materialistic, had an attitude, and way too many shoes, but that is why I love her. She was her own unique person and just because she was around people who did not always like her, this never affected her and she stayed true to herself. I, for one, can admire that. She might have been flighty at times but she was overall an amazing lead character. Any teenage girl would and will appreciate Libby’s outspoken manners and her confidence.
The next piece of this story that I thoroughly enjoyed was the setting, which was a History Camp located in Camden Harbor, Maine. Stephanie Strohm took the most odd of scenarios and made it absolutely awesome! At first you are like, “Why would anyone want to prance around in Pilgrim gear all day in the swelling, hot sun?” Then as you read on you begin to completely get into the whole love for History and, as for me, I really started to picture Libby’s clothes and how she was beginning to fit in. I became comfortable with the camp and started to imagine it and really wanted to jump in on all the adventure with Libby!
If you love girly girls and are ready for a little drama and a slight drama queen then I would highly suggest that you pick up a copy of Stephanie’s newest book! It was such a fun and hilarious read that took me no time at all to finish. Get lost in Libby’s chaotic teenage world for a little while and let your inner Pilgrim come out! I love this author; she is going on my favorites list!
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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