Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Silent Swan by Lex Keating

Once upon a time – better known as “now” - Gabriel Pritz reigns as king of his high school. Easy grades, perfect baseball season, a pretty date for prom—he's coasting into a golden future. Until his parents demand he cook dinner once a week. Caught between kitchen fires and ballpark withdrawal, Gabe is thrown into Tam Swann's orbit. Hostile, friendless, and stubborn, she's exactly the sort of person he'd prefer to avoid.

Tam's sphere of influence expands beyond Gabe's sad domestic skills, rapidly invading everything from his favorite game to parts of his soul he didn't know existed. It's uncomfortable, it's hard work, it's...making him a better man. And that's just what she does to people she doesn't like. The better he gets to know her, the more he has to face the truth: this sharp, heart-breaking outcast is worth fighting for. How many families, fairy tales, and felons will he go through to ride to the rescue of the bravest person he's ever met?

First line:
Gabe Pritz drove through the Callahan High parking lot without waving at any of his friends. Later, he could care about what they thought about his dumb punishment. Chore.
2 bats out of 5
I loved the idea of this book. The story line would have been amazing except for a few crucial things. The book was so freaking long. I stopped reading it several times, only to pick it up again because I needed to know what happened next. Also, I had a really hard time keeping all the Swann kids straight along with their foster parents. I was also really confused as to why Tamm would want to help Gabe in the first place. He was kind of a jerk to her at first. I also never really grasped why the Swann's weren't allowed to see each other in the first place. I did love Tamm though. I respect her for her courage to try and keep her family together, despite how everything seems to be working against her. She was tough and independent, yet caring at the same time. Gabe just seemed like a spoiled brat most of the book.

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