Candid by Michelle Pennington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Michelle Pennington to review
Genre: Contemporary YA
Book Description: Life is simple for high school senior, Sienna Whitfield. With a few good friends, a camera, and a dream, she has everything she needs to be happy. But when Jordan Rubio, the most popular girl at Haskins High, makes her mad, she decides to use the power of photography to right a few social wrongs. As if that doesn’t cause enough drama in her life, she realizes she’s falling for the new guy, Lee Franklin. Strong and protective, he’s just what she needs to survive the craziness she’s stirred up at school. If only she didn’t have to keep her feelings for Lee a secret from her mom…
My thoughts: This book is full of drama. It makes me grateful that the high school days are long behind me.
Sienna deals with a vindictive, popular cheerleader. Jordan would be any teens worst nightmare. I don't think that Sienna was purely a victim, she did quite a bit of provoking. But it was entertaining to read what she would come up with next.
Lee is the perfect boyfriend. Not many teenage boys would be as patient as he was. Sienna and Lee have to keep their relationship a secret. Sienna is not allowed to date until after she graduates from High School. My kids should feel grateful that they only have to wait until age 16. :) I did find Sienna's mother's behavior way too protective. It was good to see an extreme case. Maybe teens will appreciate their moms a little more.
The story explores the power of media. That one person can make a difference in making change buy using the influence of pictures and words. I enjoyed the book and would be interested in finding out more in a future book.
This book is appropriate for all teens. There are some kissing scenes that were mild. There isn't profanity. It's great to find a nice, safe book that I feel comfortable letting my teens read.