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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling

Synopsis: When you’re caught in a traffic jam, you’ve got nowhere to go…

Val Delton’s life is spiraling and there’s nothing she can do to stop it. Her dad lost his job, her mom works fourteen hour days to pay the bills and yet somehow there are high-end shopping bags and an iPod in her older sister’s room. Naturally, Val becomes suspicious but her sister’s lips are sealed. Then by accident, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret hidden behind her sister’s bright smiles and cool indifference. Val has no idea how far and how deep the repercussions of her sister’s secret will reach but she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her family safe. Will she succeed before her sister’s secret destroys everyone she loves?

Review: Hey, you guys! So, I just finished reading Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling.

All I can say is… wow. The beginning of the book was really good, but it didn’t clue me in at all to what the whole book was going to be about. I immediately liked Val, though, so that was a huge plus for me. If I like the main character right off the bat (haha, that was a pun – you’ll have to read the book to understand) I immediately take a liking to the book. I have to like the main character to be able to put up with a whole book about them.

Now, about 25% of the book later, the clues begin to pop up that Val’s sister is up to something. Right when the second clue popped up, I realized the basics of what her sister was up to. I thought for sure the main character was going to figure it out as well, but by the time she did my throat was hoarse from constantly telling her – or rather my Kindle – what her sister was up to.

However, I was NOT able to predict what was going to happen after she figured everything out. I was constantly surprised until she got the little book. I knew exactly what was in that, as well. I don’t know why, I just did. It wasn’t obvious or anything like that, but when they started explaining what was in it I was like, “I KNEW IT! I HAVE MAD NINJA PSYCHIC SKILLS!”

I have one complaint and one warning and then I’ll get to all the lovely positives. The complaint is about Val and her best friend’s fight. I don’t know if I read it wrong or something, but it just seemed so random. Maybe I missed something, but all of a sudden Val’s friend was mad at her and then vice versa and then Val just didn’t want to trust her anymore. They were longtime best friend’s… shouldn’t best friends make up after they fight and trust each other? That was my opinion. And I still don’t understand why Val’s friend ignored her. It just kinda confused me.

The warning is that you might see some of the stuff that’s coming. It seems like you were meant to realize it before the character, but if you don’t like being able to predict things in a book you might not like some parts of the book.

Now on to the positives. My three favorite characters were Val, Justin (Val’s little brother), and John (Val’s… love interest).  Val was just so awesome and even though she had her stupid moments it made her a realistic character. Justin was so clever and innocent and wise and I just wanted to hug him. John was just so cute and tough and caring – I just loved him! The book’s topic is something that is very important and should be stopped (I can’t say what it is because it would be a SPOILER). The plot in general was really interesting and it definitely was a good read. I recommend it for people 14 and over, because there are some mature topics in the book.

I also really love how many emotions the book put me through. I was on a roller coaster of emotion the whole way through. 4.7 out of 5 Stars.

Thanks for reading! Talk to y’all later! :)

Reviewed by: MARIA



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