Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards” –This story technically is the first book in the Pullman series or as I like to think of it as the Cheerleader series. In this book Samantha (All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School), one of my favorite fictional characters, is not very nice but I’ll forgive her because she’s just hurt by Cassidy talking bad about her to the new guy in the neighborhood. But that’s not what this story is about. Cassidy’s best friend moves away their sophomore year and Cassidy hopes the new family moving in will have a girl her age. They do, but Elise isn’t actually what Cassidy is looking for in a friend. Elise is all about partying and wants Cassidy to losen up. Elise’s older brother Josh is a senior and he’s like the big brother Cassidy never had. Elise comes from a big family and Cassidy is envious, she’s an only child. Cassidy has a big crush on Chad Warren who has blue eyes. Elise helps her talk with him but Cassidy isn’t very good at flirting. When Elise keeps getting into trouble Cassidy thinks it will be best not to be her friend. Josh talks her into staying friends with Elise because she needs good influences. Josh (who also has beautiful blue eyes) has all these logical rules about dating sophomores since he leaves for college next year. Cassidy is smart and extremely naive but she isn’t judgmental and I think it’s a great trait and especially for Elise who’s trying to find her place in life.
I totally related to Cassidy’s dating blunders. At dinner for my first homecoming dance, not my date but one of the boys in the group shook his ketchup bottle and the lid flew off and squirted red sticky ketchup all over my pink silky lace dress. Good memories.
I think Janette might have a thing for blue eyes.
(some of the characters I imagine while reading Janette Rallison)
I had started with older books by Janette Rallison for my read-a-thon but I was thinking about my favorite book the other day and I decided to treat myself and read it next.
“Son of War, Daughter of Chaos” is my favorite book of all time. Even beating out “Twilight” series and “The Princess Bride.”
I read a lot of books and so I was asked why this story made it to my #1 favorite read. Here’s why; It starts out as a typical high school romance story which I love but takes a turn into a paranormal world with an Egyptology twist. You really don’t know who the good guys are. It combines a Twilight kind of story with other creatures going on around us and it has a wondrous romance with Princess Bride references. It’s like the best of two worlds coming together into one book.
Janette Rallison has many great series and so I think this book will probably not turn into a series, unfortunately. I can picture it being turned into a movie. I think Fickle Fish, Stephenie Meyer’s film company could really do a great job. Now I just need to figure out how to talk Stephenie into doing it.
Here’s my blog from when I originally read SOWDOC: https://juliemartinwallace.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/egypt-love-family-adventure-and-a-princess-bride-reference-my-favorite-book-of-all-time/