Review: 13 to Life by Shannon Delany

Posted by Teen Guru at 3:05 PM

13 to Life by Shannon Delany
St. Martin's Press
June 22nd, 2010
Young Adult & Paranormal
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-60914-6
Available formats: Ebook, Paperback - Pages: 320

Purchase links: Goodreads, Amazon, Author website
Check out my giveaway of 13 to Life here!

Book provided by publisher for this review.

Book Description:

Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…

When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.

The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.

My thoughts…

Jessie likes to keep to herself yet that doesn’t keep her from daydreaming about her crush, Derek. Ever since the night she’s lost her mother to careless accident, Jessie keeps her days busy taking care of her family and friends. No, Jessie doesn’t care much for changes… But fortunately for her life never asked for her what she wants.

Then like magic a new family moves to Junction and Jessie meets the new guy Pietr Rusakova. Jessie is forced to be the tour guide for Pietr. For some reason there is just something about Pietr that drives her crazy. The sparks are there every time Jessie and Pietr meet face to face. Who could blame a girl when she tries to win over the new hottie of Junction High?

Jessie does just about everything she can to dissuade Pietr from falling for her. Even so far to get Pietr to go for her friend Sarah who’s seems to be crushing on him.

Things get weirder and stranger occurrences just keep on happening around Jessie and Pietr. What are the real secrets surrounding Pietr and his family. There is also the secret of Jessie and her family. I think the key to discovering Jessie’s could possibly be her mother. Unfortunately for Jessie and us her mother is not alive to tell no one.

I love this! I truly love 13 to Life. Definitely a smash hit and the must read book of this summer 2010! Who could not love the angst and drama going on between the Jessie, Pietr and Sarah love triangle. One other potential couple… Max and Amy… I actually LOL when Max was showing Pietr just how to let a girl know a guy is interested in her. What happens next is one of the best OMG moments ever. Way to go, Amy, lol!  If you read only one book this summer than let it be 13 to Life by Shannon Delany. You will not be disappointed..  

I give 13 to Life a rating of 5 out of 5 Pink Kittens!

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5 comments on "Review: 13 to Life by Shannon Delany"

Shannon Delany on July 12, 2010 at 7:51 AM said...

How did I miss commenting on this TOTALLY AWESOME review of 13 to Life?! Thank you SO much--this is wonderfully worded and I'm tremendously glad you loved 13 to Life so much! (And the scene with Max and Amy--such fun to write! We will see more of both of them in Secrets and Shadows!)

This made my day!
PS--If you can, please post your review and rating on sites like Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Borders, Books-a-Million and Goodreads and Librarything, too--It really helps debut authors like myself! Thank you, Veronica, thank you!

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