23 Jan 2012

Review: Friendship On Fire by Danielle Weiler

Friendship on Fire by Danielle Weiler

March 1st, 2011 Sid Harta Publishers

Source: Author

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 471
Daisy Brooks’s senior year is not off to a great start. Her first assembly as school captain is slightly ruined by her new bright orange hairdo – thanks to her father’s inability to choose correct permanent hair dye. The local Blonde Brigade is already giving her a hard time (and affectionately dubbed her ‘ranga’) and her teachers have done the unthinkable and handed out assignments on the first day back.

The one bright spot in Daisy’s first day back is the appearance of a private school boy hottie. Oh, and her best friend and vice-captain, Roman, who she can count on to hold her temper and have her back.
But the winds of change are sweeping through Daisy’s small town of Twin Rocks. Turns out the private school hottie is new in town and fast friends with her brothers. His name is Nate and he turns Daisy’s legs to jelly. But her totally platonic best friend, always reliable Roman, is starting to act strange.
This is Daisy’s senior year. She’ll learn hard truths and lose small battles on the path to adulthood . . . but, hey, nobody said it was going to be easy.

When I heard about this book, I couldn’t wait to read it. Firstly, because it sounded like an awesome contemporary and secondly because the author, Danielle Weiler is from Perth, Western Australia, where I live.

Fifteen pages in and I was already craving snakes and redskins! I really recommend you stock up, because trust me, when your reading this book you will get a craving!

The start of the novel was great, as it grabbed my attention and pulled me into the story.

I liked the way the author described high school, it was spot on. The cliques, the mean girls, the rare teacher who is actually nice.  I enjoyed the swimming carnival event as it brought me back to my own high school memories, where it was compulsory to attend and everyone took part.
I didn’t like Daisy at the start as she was hot headed, and tended to act before thinking among other things. But at the end, I changed my opinion of her as I ended up liking the person she had become and how much she had grown.
Nearly 500 pages in length, this is huge for a YA contemp. I did find that it dragged in the middle, but was glad that it finally picked up in the end and made for an interesting finish.
Danielle has done a great job on her debut that focuses on the transition between teenage and adulthood.
Rating 3/5

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