Saturday, August 9, 2008

Crimes of the Sarahs by Kristen Tracy

Sugar and spice and everything nice.

At sixteen, Sarah Trestle has a lot going for her. She's cute, funny, and a terrific alto. She's also great behind the wheel, which is why she drives the getaway car. But Sarah T doesn't complain; she loves being part of the best clique in Kalamazoo: The Sarahs.

Sarahs Aberdeen, Babbitt, Cody, and Trestle aren't out to hurt anyone -- they're simply honing their craft. They start off their summer the usual way: interspersing petty crimes with nature walks, crushes, and volunteer work. Of course, everyone knows that a band of criminals is only as strong as its weakest link. When Sarah T botches a shoplifting attempt, her fate in The Sarahs is seriously called into question. And she's willing to do just about anything to prove that she's worthy....

Ah, Crimes of the Sarahs. Loved the book. It reminded me of that movie Sugar and Spice (which was what the appeal of this novel was to me). Anyway, moving on, Loved the book hated the protagonist Sarah T (as in Trestle) and of course the antagonist Sarah A. and that hatred was what made me love this book. I've never (and I mean never) read someone so flawed as Sarah Trestle. Her blind loyalty to an obvious tyrannic and verbally abusive friend was baffling to me. I found myself getting angry every time she'd let Sarah A put her down or treat her like a doormat. You would've thought I hated this book the way I talk about it but...I don't. I cannot explain it but something about this book made me love it. Maybe it was because it was something very different from I've read in the past...or maybe it's something else. But after reading this book I realized that I absolutely loved it.

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