Saturday, September 17, 2011
ARC Review: FETCHING
The Author: Kiera Stewart
The Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
The Genre: Middle Grade
Anticipated Release Date: November 8, 2011
Brynne Shawnson is the meanest of all mean girls, and Olivia Albert has had just about enough of her, the endless rounds of humiliating pranks and the incessant name-calling. Olivia and her friends have done nothing to deserve such treatment from Brynne and her legion of admiring fans, but that doesn't stop the queen bee from torturing Olivia further.
Normally, Olivia and her friends go for the try-to-ignore/duck-and-cover approach to dealing with Brynne's meanness. That all changes when Olivia's grandmother recruits her into the business of dog training, and the gears in Olivia's head start to turn. If only Brynne and her cohorts were more like the dogs Olivia's grandmother trains. Then, she'd know exactly how to deal with their behavior.
But, wait! That's just the solution she's been looking for. She and her friends will change the way her tormentors behave by using the same techniques employed in training unruly canines. Her brilliant plan works better than even she imagined when soon, it's her and her friends who are now the alpha dogs, shoving Brynne down into the realm of the unwanted. But, will popularity bring Olivia what she really wants?
A fun spin on the mean girl gets what's been coming to her forever storyline, FETCHING is...well, for lack of a better word, FETCHING. Fun and silly, but also heart-warming and cheer-inducing, you will be on Olivia's side right from page one when, ketchup, of all things, ruins Olivia's social life. And, it's all Brynne's doing. The WITCH. From that rocky point, things can only get better, right? Well, not exactly. Brynne instigates a few more pranks in which Olivia and her friends are the victims before Olivia's oh-so-fun scheme gets hatched.
And, once the 'training program' is launched, the fun really begins. You will laugh. You will cringe. You will feel a little bad, even for Brynne. Shocker, I know. But, through it all, you will cheer Olivia and her friends on. And, of course, there is a happy ending. I mean, come on, people. This is MG here. Not so much dark and dreary tragedy territory.
My one-sentence summary: FETCHING follows one girl's jump from sitting on the porch to not only running with the big dogs, but leading the pack.