10755314Title: Sparks
Author: S. J. Adams
Series: N/A
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, LGBTQ
Rating: D


Do you feel lost? Confused? Alone? (Circle one): Yes or No.
The Church of Blue can help. We are not a cult.
$5 for a holy quest is a good deal.

Since sixth grade, Debbie Woodlawn has nursed a secret, heart-searing crush on her best friend, Lisa. But all those years of pretending to enjoy Full House reruns and abstinence rallies with Lisa go down the drain when her friend hooks up with Norman, the most boring guy at school. This earth-shattering event makes Debbie decide to do the unthinkable: confess her love to Lisa. And she has to do it tonight–before Lisa and Norman go past “the point of no return.”

So Debbie embarks on a quest to find Lisa. Guiding the quest are fellow students/detention hall crashers Emma and Tim, the founding (and only) members of the wacky Church of Blue. Three chases, three declarations of love, two heartbreaks, a break-in, and five dollars worth of gas later, Debbie has been fully initiated into Bluedaism–but is there time left to stop Lisa and Norman from going too far? (Source)

Plot: The plot of the story isn’t unlike any other YA novel. Debbie has a crush on her best friend and doesn’t know how to handle those feelings. It’s even more complicated than usual because Lisa is clearly into guys. Unfortunately, this is really the only point of the book. I thought that because they made up “The Church of Blue,” it would be mostly about that. Sadly, she really just used the church as a way to find the confidence to tell Lisa how she feels. The book is pretty short, and it still seemed like it dragged on forever. Not only that, but the ending was incredibly anti-climactic! It made me feel very disappointed I pushed myself to finish it in the first place.
Characters: Debbie – She was kind of a bland character. I didn’t really feel very bad for her to be honest. It was sad that she had this friend she was in love with. But she basically got mad at Lisa for getting a boyfriend and Lisa had no idea why. Debbie went around complaining how much her life sucked when she never did much to try and change that. She wasn’t an awful character, just nothing special.
Emma and Tim- I actually did really like these two! They were probably my favorite part of the story. They are both kind of “losers” but they think so highly of each other. Emma thinks Tim is amazing, Tim thinks Emma is amazing. But yet they both don’t see it. It’s kind of sweet to watch their friendship grow and change throughout the story.
Cover: I actually thought the cover was really cute. It used the blue Buddha (for their Bluedaism) without having much else. The cover was what drew me in because it just looked like a simple and fun read.
Closing Thoughts: I decided to give this book a D. It ended up being a very cute book and there wasn’t much wrong with it. There just wasn’t a lot I liked either. Nothing really stands out to me that makes me want to write too much about it. It was a cute book about a girl in love with her best friend. I really liked the Emma, Time, and The Church of Blue parts of it. But all the Debbie stuff kind of droned on to me. And I do like romance! So it wasn’t that. I just thought the author had a good start, but didn’t really follow through with it or end it well.
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Sweet Daydreams,


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