Monday, December 31, 2012

Book Review: Small Damages

Title: Small Damages
Author: Beth Kephart
Teen Reviewer: Lexi DiTrapano
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis (From Amazon): It's senior year, and while Kenzie should be looking forward to prom and starting college in the fall, she discovers she's pregnant. Her determination to keep her baby is something her boyfriend and mother do not understand. So she is sent to Spain, where she will live out her pregnancy, and her baby will be adopted by a Spanish couple. No one will ever know.

Alone and resentful in a foreign country, Kenzie is at first sullen and difficult. But as she gets to know Estela, the stubborn old cook, and Esteban, the mysterious young man who cares for the horses, she begins to open her eyes, and her heart, to the beauty that is all around her, and inside her. Kenzie realizes she has some serious choices to make--choices about life, love, and home.

Review: "Small Damages" by Beth Kephart is a riveting novel about love, loss, and finding out who you are.  Kenzie is a good girl who makes a mistake. She ends up being sent to Seville, Spain, where she learns about love and loss, responsibility and freedom, and forgiveness and forgetting, all while going through pregnancy and its complications. I thought it was a great read and that it flowed really well. 4/5 stars.

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