The Compulsive Reader: Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks

I don't have a real romantic read for you today (although, you should check out Radiant Darkness and Daughter of the Flames), but here's the latest from Lauren Myracle, which has a whole lot of LOVE:

Carly has always felt a little out of place in her upscale life in Atlanta, Georgia. When she volunteers six weeks of her summer before sophomore year working in Tennessee woods, she feels like she has finally found herself—her real self that has nothing to do with clothes or money or connections that everyone back home is obsessed with.

So when Carly heads home, clinging to her newfound "realness", she's shocked to find that her younger sister Anna, her closest ally and the person who understands her the most, has gone from the attentive little sister to a sexy sister that guys lust after and who likes clothes and makeup. Now these two sisters, who are so alike and at the same time so different, must find a new way of dealing with things, from their family, friends, and boys, to themselves.

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks is a completely engrossing and wonderfully funny book. The dynamics between Anna and Carly are completely believable as they grapple with who they have become while at the same time still trying to keep a grasp on their old relationship. The novel is told in big sister Carly's point-of-view, and her frustrations, fears, and wants are quite tangible, especially as she struggles to be different in her cookie-cutter world and tries to understand why Anna is so quick to embrace it.

At its heart, Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks is a novel that deals with some heavy issues every teen faces: change, diversity, acceptance, and of course, relationships. Myracle handles the heavier issues of racial differences that arise with sensitivity and insight, and each humiliating and painful circumstance both Carly and Anna encounter is taken with a good dose of humor as well. Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks is sweet without being cliché, full of wisdom, and a completely authentic book with a great and non-preachy message that every teen girl ought to hear.

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks comes out in May!


Diana Dang said...

Sounds like a really nice book. =) Sadly one that I likely won't enjoy so much though because of my preferences. ><

Beth F said...

Sounds like a fun read. I don't have sisters, so books about sisters interest me!

ritathecheetah said...

I'm excited about this book, because I'm such a big fan of Lauren Myracle. From what you've written, it's sure to be as good as her others!

Em said...

Ohh, I'm so excited that I have an ARC of this. Great review!

Anonymous said...

I think that this is a good book with a very good ending. ( I got an early copy)