Friday, February 8, 2013

PRODIGAL by Rektok Ross_Review

Review of Prodigal by Rektok Ross
4 stars

“Prodigal” is sort of a Cinderella tale, with Biblical underpinnings. Seventeen-year-old Alexandra “Lexy” Quinn has finally achieved the coveted Editor’s position on her high school newspaper in Atlanta, when her life is upended. Her mother has been diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer, and to get treatment, the family must move to Texas. Now Lexy is the new kid in school, in senior year, and can’t be slotted into the journalism or creative writing classes, or find a place on the school newspaper. Celebrity journalism is her desire, and she needs a college scholarship, so she really needs that extracurricular journalism venue.

The daughter of the wealthiest family in town dumps on her on the first day, first class hour; and her brother, whom nobody seems to really like, other than admiring his football feats, is the person Lexy is asked to interview—if she can manage that exclusive interview, she just might get on the school paper staff.  But Ash is very withdrawn about his personal life, and the fact that he is a Christian and Lexy has been raised by two non-churchgoers sets up obstacles. Adding to it is the fact that he is gorgeous and she considers herself a wallflower.

The bottom line is that Lexy must either learn to see herself as Ash sees her, and to understand that all things in life are part of a plan, including her mother’s ill health; or continue to perceive herself as an outsider, whose only talent is writing, and as a child misunderstood by her father and unable to meet his expectations.
I reviewed a complimentary copy received via NetGalley.

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