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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Someone Like Him

Someone Like Him
by Ann Herrick


GENRE: Teen Romance



When New-York-City girl Emily visits her cousin Janelle in Oregon, Emily wonders how she'll survive the wilderness.  Janelle wonders if the wilderness will survive Emily's visit—and if she can convince her cousin to help save part of an old-growth forest.  

Meanwhile, Emily also wonders if a big-city girl can get along with a county guy—named Bret. Under forest canopies and by crystal-clear waters she struggles with her growing attraction to him. But they're so different. Whoever thought she'd fall for someone like him?



"Why do I have to go to Oregon?"

"What can I say, Emily?" Mom shrugged. "Your Aunt Jessica eloped. I couldn't very well tell my sister to postpone her first honeymoon so Dad and I could go on our second one."

"This is just great!" I put on my longest pout. "First I'm robbed of a trip to Europe. Now I'm being shipped off to Oregon for a month. At least in Los Angeles I could've gone shopping with Aunt Jessica. I might've even gotten the autographs of the cast of Central Hospital! What can I do in Oregon? What's there?"

"Trees." Dad poured cream into his coffee. "A lot of trees, I think."

"Big deal!  There are trees in New York. Central Park is full of them. We even have one in our courtyard."

Mom leaned across the table and patted my hand. "Emily, I'm sorry about Los Angeles. I know you're disappointed. As for being 'robbed' of a trip to Europe ... well, how many kids do you know who go on a honeymoon with their parents? Besides, we'll take you the next time."

"When?" I yanked my hand away from Mom's. "In five years when I'll be too old to enjoy it?"

Dad sighed. "You're only fifteen. I hardly think you'll be too old at the tender age of—"

My turn to sigh. "Dad. You just don't understand."

"We try to understand," Mom said in a tight voice. "I wish you'd do the same."

Guilt pricked at me. I knew Mom and Dad going to Paris for their twentieth anniversary was not a crime. But I felt left out.

 My Review:

This book is a girl's fantasy come true. You get sent to Oregon where you expect to have an awful time, but instead a cute guy gets interested in you and you in him. Our heroine is a typical early teen with all the insecurities of growing up and all the ambitions and hangups of that age.

Besides that, the author skillfully includes a conservation message that I think is so important in today's world.

Some teen and new adult books will appeal to adult readers, but not this one. I think it's totally on target for teens. 

My rating *****

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ann Herrick is the award-winning author of several books and short stories for kids and teens. Included in the awards her books have won are the ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers, IRA/CBC Children’s Choice and EPIC Best YA Novel Finalist. 

Ann grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University.  She now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart.  Their wonderful daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given Ann her only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound-Rottweiler-beagle mix and six grand-kitties.  While she misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  Ann loves cats, walking, the Oregon Ducks and working in her back yard.  In addition to stories and books for children and young adults, Ann also writes copy for humorous and conventional greeting cards. She loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted through her web site:  

Ann Herrick will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Use the link below to enter.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting! Readers, enter to win a $20 Amazon/BN GC - a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ann Herrick said...

Thanks for hosting, Elaine, and thanks for the great review!

Victoria Alexander said...

I loved this excerpt! Thanks for sharing :)

Elaine Cantrell said...

You're welcome, Ann.

Peggy Hyndman said...

Who are some of your favorite authors; what strikes you about their work?

Ann Herrick said...

Susan Isaacs, Sarah Dessen, Judy Blume, and Emily Griffin are some of my favorite authors. They all create such realistic, fascinating characters.

Rita Wray said...

Great excerpt, thank you.

Ann Herrick said...

Thanks for stopping by, Rita!