Sunday, January 24, 2016

Finn, Katie. Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold.

Finn, Katie.  Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold.  Macmillan/ Feiwel & Friends  2015  389p  $17.99  ISBN 978-1-250-04525-6 ms/hs  Realistic Fiction   VG

At the fiasco of July 4th night, at the end of the novel Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend, Gemma found out that her ex-best-friend Hallie knew her true identity all along and that it was Hallie who stole Teddy from her. This sequel picks up at that very point and takes off with the girls’ revenge schemes throughout the course of their entire summer in the Hamptons.  Gemma is forced by her father to take a job scooping ice cream for the remainder of the summer, the only job left in town.  She tries to make amends to Hallie, but the plot quickly turns to vengeance on both girls’ part.  As Gemma tries to convince Teddy that Hallie has ulterior motives for the relationship, Gemma’s crush Ford arrives in the Hamptons.  Additionally, Josh refuses to speak to Gemma because she lied to him, and as Gemma begins to believe she has won the revenge war she receives an upsetting blow that could change her life.

In this fast
-paced sequel, Katie Finn has created a fun read that will appeal to adolescent girls, as the story revolves around teenage drama, revenge and jealousy.  This light read picks up where Broken, Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend leaves off and provides enough information from the previous story to be read as a stand-alone book.  However, the excitement and drama will require readers to go back and read the first novel for details of the events of the summer leading up to the devastating July 4th night.  The good news at the end of this book is that the third book in this riveting series will be coming out in 2017!

This book is recommended for any middle
- or high-school library and will appeal to young-adult readers.

Summary: After the devastating July 4th when Gemma finds out that Hallie, her ex-best-friend, knew her true identity all along and that Hallie was the one that stole Teddy from her, Gemma is forced to find a job, and the girls spend a revenge-filled summer trying to outdo each other’s pranks and antics.    

Friendship-Fiction, Rivalry-Fiction             --Virginia McGarvey

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