Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Oracle Rebounds Review

The Oracle Rebounds (The Oracle of Dating #2) by Allison van Diepen

As the “oracle of dating,” Kayla is supposed to have all the answers about love and relationships. She’s supposed to have the perfect relationship. But now that Jared is “taking a step back,” Kayla feels like a total fraud.

So the expert on dating starts taking her own rebound advice—and some from her friends—and stops moping around. Yeah, there are other possibilities out there—including the beyond-cute French foreign exchange student she’s showing around town. But when controversy erupts about the Oracle’s advice, Kayla is sent reeling once again. Will anything work out for her this year? Yet when her friends start seriously needing the Oracle, Kayla begins to focus on what really matters: Viv, Sharese, Amy and Ryan, her trueblue buds. And suddenly, everything starts making sense again…

First off, I've got to thank Harlequin for letting me review this book via NetGalley and all of the other books I will soon be reviewing from them via NetGalley. I've also got to say that I was a bad book reader when I asked to review this book. I didn't check to see if this book was part of a series, OOPSIE.
However, from what I read, you don't have to read the first book, The Oracle of Dating, in order to understand this one.
The book starts out with a dramatic break-up scene that had me laughing yet empathizing at the same time, because after all, I am a teenage girl and being a teenager is my specialty.
Throughout the book Kayla tries to decide if she should "rebound" or not, which gets to be very snicker inducing due to her many failed attempts, all of which are not entirely her fault.
There is one issue that I relate VERY closely to and that is blogging. I have just started my blog, but I know how it feels to want to expand, fail at it, then succeed, and getting bad publicity is always a worry, along with a reader taking something out of context. Howevever I feel that Kayla handled her blogging crisis very maturely.
There were some issues I had with this book though, and one was the amount of understanding. It seemed to me that the characters all agreed all of the time and that irked me because no teenagers can agree that often. Also, I know that I haven't read the first book so that may be the reason why I don't completely comprehend Kayla, who has apparently only had limited dating experience, is creating a dating blog.
But all in all, this book gave me giggles, out right laughter, and at one point almost made me cry. It's definately a good relationship novel.
3/5 stars
*All opinions are my own and as I said in this post, I received this book via Netgalley

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