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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Leaping Bleachers in a Single Bound – The Red Sheet by Mia Kerrick #blogtour #giveaway @bookienookie

The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick


One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person—helpful, generous, and chivalrous—a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn’t recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.
Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can’t hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.

Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He’s attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before “the change.” Where he’d been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he’s a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.

Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his “superjock” former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan’s newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he’s genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott’s trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan’s obsession.


Book Scorecard


Adorable coming of age story about a jock who miraculously changes from a bully to a hero overnight.
Fantasy World
You'll definitely feel like you're in high school again. There are also some really great scenes like the cafeteria flash mob which are FABULOUS!
This is a very clean young adult book. There are some allusions to male/male sexual activity, and there is some attempted non-consensual contact.
Bryan doesn't even know why he does the things he's doing, and it's fun to figure it out with him. Scott stands up for himself admirably for his age. The rest of the supporting cast is an enjoyable band of misfits with whom you'll wish you had gone to school. I want to be the little old lady BADLY.
Prologue is a bit long. Way too many parenthesis. It was a bit too spiritual for me, and there are unsubtle hints about Bryan's memory loss being caused by divine intervention.

The Red Sheet by Mia Kerrick is slightly precious for adult readers, but I encourage you to take a chance and read it. I shit you not, this book is a bundle of fantasy high school fun reminiscent of “Glee”. It will remove more years from your face than Oil of Olay, and you'll find yourself smiling for no reason at all. This is not my usual type of book at all, but I had a blast. Yes, some of the characters are stereotypes, and there was no explicit action, but it was still a joy to read. Wearing a red sheet is not required while reading this book, but it is encouraged.

The 190 pages fly by so the book feels shorter than it is. The ebook price of $5.79 is a bit steep for the page count, so I recommend buying it on sale or asking for it as a gift.

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About the Author:

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five non-pedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

My themes I always write about:

Sweetness. Unconventional love, tortured/damaged heroes - only love can save them.

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