Monday, July 14, 2008

Summer Reading

Now that the 4th of July is past, I start reading young adult books. I had started First Daughter; Extreme American Makeover by Mitali Perkins in April, when all the new books came in. Finally, I got to finish it. Have you been following the Presidential candidates? If you have, you might enjoy reading this book.
Sameera Righton, aka " Sammy" or "Sparrow" -- is the main character. Her father is the Republican candidate for President. Her parents adopted her from an orphanage in Pakistan when she was 3 years old. It is summer vacation from her boarding school in Europe and she is joining her family back in the states. Sparrow, as she is know to her family and friends, is completely NOT READY for all the hoopla around her father's campaign.
Sparrow starts to lose who she really is. The campaign staff give her a makeover and new clothes. The media want to remake her to be more "American-looking". She wants to spend the summer on her grandparent's farm in Ohio. Life as the daughter of a Presidental candidate is not easy. Sparrow does stay true to herself and her beliefs. She starts her own blog which eventually takes over the "made-up" blog that the staff writes.
Who will this book appeal to? Probably more girls than boys.....but everyone will find it interesting how Sameera lives with the media right outside her door. Does her father win the election? You'll have to read the book and see!