SMART GIRLS, FOOLISH CHOICES
Rating: 2 cups
Ashley is a college student keeping a blog she writes with under the pen name Ms. Sass. She is upset with her boyfriend, because he wants to move away from where they are going to college.
Brandon is Ashley’s boyfriend, and clueless for the most part.
Heidi, Jonathan, and Sherry are Ashley’s roommates. Brody is Heidi’s boyfriend.
Although Ashley has been disenchanted with Brandon’s lovemaking for some time, she becomes livid when he decides he wants to move away. She is so mad that even though she knows it is wrong, she starts having sex with other guys. In the meantime, she writes about these experiences in her very public blog, and continues to see Brandon on and off without really breaking up with him. While this is all going on, her roommates, with the exception of Heidi, are doing the same thing and sleeping with as many people as they can. Will Ashley’s boyfriend find out she is cheating? Will her roommates have consequences to face as well?
I had a very hard time reading this book because so much of it was simply teenage angst. All the characters, with the exception of Heidi, came off sounding more like kids than adults. While Ms. Rowan is very good at helping the reader feel this angst and pain that Ashley and the others go through, there was so much of it, that I lost interest. While I was happy to see that, in the end, everybody appeared to have learned from their mistakes, the ending in Ashley’s case was a little too pat for me. While Ms. Rowan is a good writer, and given different material, I could see myself enjoying her books, I cannot recommend Smart Girls, Foolish Choices.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More