7 Clues to Winning You by Kristin Walker.

Paperback, 317 pages

Published April 26th, 2012 by Razorbill

IBSN: 9781595144140

Blythe’s dad is gunning for the superintendent role, so he is moving her family from the prestigious Meriton high school district to the more ghetto Ash Grove school district, as he is principal of the high school there. Blythe is less than thrilled. Having your dad as the principal is not cool. Neither is the fact that last year, a photo of Blythe doing something undignified circulated throughout the Ash Grove student body. Basically, she’s doomed.

Sure enough, after only one day, Blythe has become an outcast. And there is a face to put to her pain: Luke Pavel. The guy who runs the online newspaper. He’s the one to blame for the aforementioned photo doing the rounds yet again for the entire month before Blythe’s arrival. She wants him to suffer, so she goes to daddy and dobs.

Her father cancels the Senior Scramble scavenger hunt (the seniors set it all up, the juniors compete against each other to win an amazing prize) on the grounds on ‘bullying’. This is exactly what Blythe wanted, but now everyone hates her more, and she feels incredibly guilty and stupid. She works together with Luke to secretly get the Scramble going again.

When you pick up a book like this, you don’t expect a masterpiece. I read these kind of books every now and again because they’re easy to read, short, usually funny, and often have a good message and an overall feel good quality to them. I suppose that 7 Clues to Winning You succeeded in these respects. The main reason behind me reading this was because I read Kristin Walkers previous novel, A Match Made in High School, and found it to be better than I expected. Truthfully, I’m not sure that I would have picked up 7 Clues if not for this fact.

The cover is terrible. Okay, not the cover so much as the choices for the main people on the cover. Is that tiny teenage boy supposed to be Luke Pavel? Luke is a geek senior with glasses. Not a twelve year old. The main girl looks pretty young also, but she’s not as terrible a choice as he is. Yikes.

Still. This has some laughs, a cutesie romance, a mostly likeable main character (once she gets past her whinging ways, she’s okay) and a cool scavenger hunt (when are they not fun?).

If you have a day/afternoon/evening that you want to knock out and this book happens to be near you, then get into it. Especially if you are a bit younger than I (I’m getting old and my tastes seem to be maturing – ugh). I’d say this was written for mid-teens.

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