Saturday, April 10, 2010

When Mike Kissed Emma by Christine Marciniak (ATWT)

Published: July 23rd 2009 by The Wild Rose Press
Paperback, 176 pages
ISBN: 1601545452
ISBN13: 9781601545459

Emma Landon has a plan: she's going to be in the high school musical and sing the most romantic song possible to her boyfriend. She's not looking for the lead, just a decent part where she and Trevor can dance together on stage. The plan starts to unravel when she gets the starring role, and playing opposite her is not her perfect boyfriend, but the school loner, Biker Mike. When Mike kisses Emma at the school dance, everything changes. Emma must figure out what is more important-the way things look or something deeper.

Emma could only described as a goody-two-shoes that does what she's told. Going to a school that wears pleaded skirts and having a caring boyfriend seems to suit Emma just fine. When the school musical roles are auditioned for, Emma just knows she'll get the part of Lisel and Trevor will get Rolf in "The Sound of Music". So when the director soon announces the cast roles the day after, why is it that Emma gets the lead and the horrid Biker Mike as her love-interest? Soon Emma finds herself spinning non-stop in the whirlwind of self-discovery and an important lesson of "tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are." The link to the her revelation is none other than Biker Mike, who brings along the concept of don't judge a book by it's cover. 

Reading about her friends through her point of view, Emma brought insight into several relationships that she has; clearly making the read see the ways she views her friends. An achingly annoying quality that she had she how she knew what her friends were doing was wrong in every which way, but just stood back and let it happen. That's what brought When Mike Kissed Emma into the it's highlight points and it's unfortunate downfall. I say this because as well as Marciniak wanted this novel to be, it just wasn't as enlightening as the significance of the novel portrays it would be.

I can't say that I'd recommend this novel, because it seemed like I forgot the story as I put the book down.

Grade: C-