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….
I think this review will be a short one because I love the book and only had one minor problem with it. Teresa is a very shy girl and I can often relate to her feelings. However Tere often listens to the radio and ‘broadcasts’ in her room. When she is given the opportunity to be a intern at the radio station, after much coaxing from her one and only friend, Audrey, she signs up. She gains confidence over time and people start calling in asking about her. I love reading books in which the main character is a shy person so I really enjoyed Shrinking Violet.
I like the whole romance with Gavin except for one teeny problem.
I’m warning you!
Tere and Gavin kiss but after that, no one talks about it! Tere doesn’t think about the kiss. Assuming that it’s her first kiss, she should at least daydream about it or wonder did it really happen? But no, nothing. The only evidence that they were closer now because of the kiss was when Gavin squeezed her hands before the presentation. I have talked to Danielle about this and this is her response:
Thanks for sharing. I don’t think Tere would feel comfortable talking about it with Gavin just yet. Since it’s the end of the book there is not much time for reflection but I see what you’re saying. Noted for future first kisses:).
I kind of the guessed the part where there was no time for reflection.
Overall Shrinking Violet is a great read about a girls journey from being a shrinking violet to discovering herself. If you and your iPod are like peanut butter and jelly you will probably like this book. A light witty read, recommended to girls who like books on discovering yourself and overcoming shyness.
Disney Channel has bought film rights for Shrinking Violet! Woo hoo! Congrats Danielle! =D