YA book reviews, reading and recommending since 2009

Kenzie is the brilliant protagonist from ISLAND STING by Bonnie Doerr.

Kate: So, Kenzie, I get the feeling you weren’t particularly happy about your move to a place people call Paradise. Am I right?

*Kenzie bites her tongue and takes a deep breath.*

Kenzie: Move? It was more like I was kidnapped. I mean, Mom did have permission to take me out of state, but she practically had to handcuff me.

Kate: Has leaving New York really been as bad as you expected?

Kenzie: Honestly? Yes. It was a nightmare. Leaving my friends, my school, my teams—

Kate: Excuse me, but please tell us what teams?

Kenzie: Swim and softball. Anyway, so I move to this island with zero culture. No museums or theatres. People here are all about fishing. Yuck. There are more boats than cars and more canals than roads. And all these really tiny deer run all over the place like they own the island. They’re endangered, so there’s not much development, nothing to do, and nowhere to hang. But it’s not like I really have friends to hang with. *Kenzie’s expression lightens and she seems to float away for a second.* Or at least not friends like the ones back home…

Kate: You must have met people your age by now. You could hardly avoid it in such a small community.

Kenzie: Mmm. There is this cute guy. I went to a girls’ school so it wasn’t easy to meet boys. And my dad totally freaked out the few boys I dated. I think the guy factor might be the only good deal about living here.

Kate: Ah. So tell us about this cute guy. What’s his name?

Kenzie: Angelo Sanchez, I fell for him my first day here, and that’s all you’re getting from me. *She grins.*

Kate: Alright guys, Kenzie is being secretive about Angelo now. Hmm, looks like I will have to talk to this cute guy myself. Come back on Friday for a chat with Angelo!

Check out the trailer for ISLAND STING!


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