Getting the Girl

I am absolutely in love with three things: author Marcus Zusak (The Book Thief, I am the Messenger), his book GETTING THE GIRL (Push, $8.99), and the book’s protagonist Cameron Wolfe.  Cam narrates life in his small Australian city over several months, alternating between the third person and his journal.  Used to living in the shadow of his older and more successful siblings, Cameron can’t believe it when his older brother’s beautiful girlfriend Octavia wants to date him instead.  While the plot sounds like it could be cliché, this story feels completely real, focusing more on Cameron’s changing relationships with his brothers and himself than on romance.  It’s the sort of book you’ll want to read slowly and multiple times, savoring Cam’s insights and cheering him on the whole way.   –Amy Kane

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~ by Dana on July 28, 2010.

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