How my summer went up in flames / Jennifer Salvato Doktorski.
Booklist Reviews 2013 May #2
After Rosie receives a TRO (temporary restraining order) from her ex, summer vacation looks bleak. When she further proves to have faulty impulse control and tries to contact him, Rosie's family decides that she needs to leave town for awhile. To Rosie's dismay, she is sent on a road trip from New Jersey to Arizona with three guys whose detailed itinerary allows no time for using the round brush on her hair, or any other female fluffery. At first, it's an awful experience. But in true road-trip fashion, the three guys and the girl ride out emotional upheaval, sexual tension, and the ever-present threat of the TRO. Rosie is a funny, endearing narrator, propelled by impulse and passion that sometimes obliterate common sense. Her portrayal of her male companions is often hilarious, as she tunes into their conversations on college football, superheroes, girls, and the Hubble Space Telescope. While some of the emotional resolutions come a bit too easily, this debut novel is still a great ride. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
After setting her ex's car on fire and receiving a temporary restraining order, Rosie's parents send her on a cross-country road trip to keep her out of trouble for the summer. Nine days in a car with three nerdy guys ends up helping her reevaluate her life. The cast of quirky characters and Rosie's sassy personality make this book a diverting summer read.
PW Reviews 2013 March #3
In a fit of rage, high school junior Rosie Catalano torches keepsakes from her relationship with her cheating boyfriend, accidentally setting fire to his car. This results in a restraining order, horrifying Rosie, her friends, and her parents, who have to pony up for a lawyer and prepare for a court date in two weeks. To keep Rosie away from Joey, Rosie's parents agree to let her travel from New Jersey to Arizona and back with her trustworthy neighbor Matty and his geeky friends Spencer and Logan. Debut author Doktorski's writing is full of emotion and wit; Rosie is willing to speak her mind and stand up for herself, with a beauty that comes from real curves, a real appetite, and a sassy attitude. Matty, Spencer, and Logan are all worthy romantic heroes in their own ways, and readers may have difficulty deciding who they want Rosie to end up with. Throw in a couple of excellent, loyal girlfriends—one old and one new—and the result is an entertaining road trip novel about heartbreak and starting over. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kerry Sparks, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (May)[Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC