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. Volume XIII Number 8 . . . .December 8, 2006
When Chelsea Davidson’s parents take away the car keys, she has to find a transportation alternative. A humiliating well depicted trip of her first experience with public transit has her begging for change from fellow passengers. She is consequently ripped off as a girl dumps a pile of change in her hand in exchange for Chelsea’s five dollar bill. A unique aspect of this series is that Chelsea does not hold a monopoly on bad behaviour. She finds this out later when “the guy that could make centerfold of Playgirl” uses her to make his ex-girlfriend jealous.
Chelsea Davidson is never a likeable character. That may be one of the most notable qualities of this new series. Chelsea is despicable in a believable way. She does, however, have some redeeming qualities which keep her portrayal realistic and interesting. What is delicious about Chelsea’s wickedness is that she is not afraid to say what some people might think but not say. Her tongue is sharp, but never as sharp or callous as the infamous American “Gossip Girls” series. This is a softer approach, with more meaningful relationships and less focus on sex. What sex there is in this novel is surprisingly casual, however, and I feel that this pushes the novel into the teen genre.
Alicia Jinkerson is a former elementary school teacher and currently works as a children’s librarian in North Vancouver, BC.
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