Thursday, April 30, 2009

One Lonely Degree by C. K. Kelly Martin

Title: One Lonely Degree
Author: C. K. Kelly Martin
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Reading Level: Young Adult, 14+
Publication Date: May 26, 2009
Pages: 256
My Edition: ARC
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Rating: B
Plot - 17/20
Characters - 17/20
Writing - 19/20
Originality - 16/20
Entertainment - 9/10
Recommendation - 9/10
Total: 87/100

Anything is possible. . . .
Finn has always felt out of place, but suddenly her world is unraveling. It started with The Party. And Adam Porter. And the night in September that changed everything. The only person who knows about that night is Audrey—Finn’s best friend, her witness to everything, and the one person Finn trusts implicitly. So when Finn’s childhood friend Jersy moves back to town—reckless, beautiful Jersy, all lips and eyes and hair so soft you’d want to dip your fingers into it if you weren’t careful—Finn gives her blessing for Audrey to date him. How could she possibly say no to Audrey? With Audrey gone for the summer, though, Finn finds herself spending more and more time with Jersy, and for the first time in her life, something feels right. But Finn can’t be the girl who does this to her best friend . . . can she?

I was so excited to receive a review copy of this book. I loved C. K. Kelly Martin's first book, I Know It's Over, and I was seriously excited to read her sophomore novel.

This one was good, really good. But it didn't live up to her fantastic first novel. But I'm not going to sit here and compare it to I Know It's Over.

In One Lonely Degree we got to see C. K.'s first take on her female voice. She tackled a fifteen year old girl dealing with feelings for her best friends boyfriend a couple months after a incident she had before. Of course we've probably seen this plot before, you might consider it a cliche. But me? No, this novel was much more different and wonderful for it to be a cliche. It wasn't the most exciting novel, the most amusing, or the most promising, but it was still great.

Martin's voice is fantastic. Her voice to write something that doesn't seem like a novel you're reading, but real life is amazing. How many other authors can clearly do that? Martin is an impeccable writer.You might just have to call me a fan-girl.

Finn was a girl I could see myself relating to, or, if not, becoming best friends with. She felt so real and three dimensional. The supporting characters were definitely anything but unpalatable. All the characters were alive and thrown at you.

This novel is sure to be a hit. It's a novel nobody should be missing. I loved it, and I eminently recommend it.


  1. I can't wait to read this! IKIO was amazing, and C.K. definitely has a unique way of writing characters. Great review!

  2. This sounds like a really good book. I also need to read I Know It's Over.

  3. Sounds great!! I think I'll have to get both of Martin's books. Great review.

  4. I'm glad to hear that this is good. I'm definitely going to read it soon. And how can you not love a book with a cover like that? :P

  5. Sounds like a good one. Thanks for the review. :)

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  7. Looks great--I'll check it out soon! Nice review!


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