The Compulsive Reader: Must Love Black by Kelly McClymer

Monday, December 1, 2008

Must Love Black by Kelly McClymer

Most girls would be deterred by the words "must love black" in a nanny's job description, but not Phillipa. She hardly bats an eyelash at the requirement (truth be told, it fits her perfectly), is only slightly perplexed by the mysterious and slightly foreboding mansion she's to live in all summer. But she's determined to stick it out, despite Geoff the hot gardener's warnings that her charges—ten year old twins—are far from normal. But not even two of the world's oddest girls or traces of ghosts could scare Phillipa away—at least not where Geoff in concerned.

Must Love Black is a light and easy read with some supernatural elements and a dash of serious issues, like the death of a parent. Despite the cover's implications, Must Love Black is less of a supernatural and dark read, and more a story of one girl's road to acceptance of her father's new wife and her life after her mother passed away through her work in helping her charges connect with their father in their own unique way. Interspersed is a light romance with witty encounters that's sure to bring a smile to your face, with mentions and hints of ghostly presences. Must Love Black is a great read if you are looking for something uplifting and quick.


Em said...

I really enjoyed this one and felt like the cover got it all wrong.

Ms. Yingling said...

The cover on this IS very misleading, which is a shame, because it's a nice book. Made me wonder what is available about Goth teens, aside from The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and Vampire Kisses. Hmmm.