Review: Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph


High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class.

But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out – doing mock broadcasts for Miami’s hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T – and to everyone’s shock, she’s a hit!

Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ’s awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest — and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize – Sweet T’s dream could turn into Tere’s worst nightmare… (Source:Goodreads)

My Review:

This was a quick, fun coming-of-age story. I got through it very quickly and enjoyed it. I wouldn’t say there is anything original or special about it. Actually, I would probably call it just another fluffy read.

That being said, there is nothing about it that should make you not want to read it. Just because it doesn’t stand out doesn’t mean it doesn’t tell a good story. I love how Teresa starts out as being so shy she can barely walk through the hallways at school to owning herself and being a radio DJ. It is a little unbelievable, but it still makes for a good story. Also, we have yet another case of super-crappy-parent syndrome…that is getting to be a pretty tired cliche.

We don’t really learn a lot about Gavin and who he is, but he and Teresa have good chemistry. Maybe its good we never really find out anything about him: he remains a man of mystery.

Anyway, seeing Teresa’s transformation over the course of the story is fun to read, and even though the book doesn’t bring anything new to the table, it is worth the couple of hours it’ll take you to read it!

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Lisa_sps April 13, 2011, 9:39 am

    What bothers me in coming of age stories is that the end is so predictable.

  • Ashley May 8, 2011, 7:40 am

    Aww. This one sounds cute. Sometimes, these stories are just what you need. Something a little light and fluffy to get your mind back to it's happy place. 😛


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