Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer *Alexa’s Review*

Posted February 8th, 2011 by in *Review / 2 comments

banner-review(1)Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer *Alexa’s Review*Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
Published by HarperCollins
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Read in: February 2011
Add to: Goodreads

What if your worst enemy turned out to be the best friend you ever had?

Meet Brooke: Popular, powerful and hating every minute of it, she’s the “It” girl at Douglas High in Lake Champion, Minnesota. Her real ambition? Using her operatic mezzo as a ticket back to NYC, where her family lived before her dad ran off with an up and coming male movie star.

Now meet Kathryn: An overachieving soprano with an underachieving savings account, she’s been a leper ever since Brooke punched her at a party junior year. For Kath, music is the key to a much-needed college scholarship.

The stage is set for a high-stakes duet between the two seniors as they prepare for the prestigious Blackmore competition. Brooke and Kathryn work toward the Blackmore with eyes not just on first prize but on one another, each still stinging from a past that started with friendship and ended in betrayal. With competition day nearing, Brooke dreams of escaping the in-crowd for life as a professional singer, but her scheming BFF Chloe has other plans. And when Kathryn gets an unlikely invitation to Homecoming, she suspects Brooke of trying to sabotage her with one last public humiliation.

As pressures mount, Brooke starts to sense that the person she hates most might just be the best friend she ever had. But Kathryn has a decision to make. Can she forgive? Or are some rivalries for life?

5 Stars

Brooke and Kathryn are both great singers in their high school choir and have looked forward to the Blackmore for most of their lives. The Blackmore is a high rank singing competition where the winner will gain not only $25,000 but also have a great network of people to get them started in a singing career after high school is over. This competition means the world to each of these girls. The only thing that makes this competition more fierce is the fact that Brooke and Kathryn are ememies, or rivals.They were once best friends who shared stories and secrets but all of that changed during their junior year when Brooke started to ice Kathryn out of the popular crowd. Kathryn went back to just trying to stay as hidden as possible in high school and she only has one good friend Matt. Matt however has always been there for her and completely understands her better than she does herself sometimes. Is he going to stand by her when she makes her stand against Brooke?

This story is simply beautiful, I feel that Sara got all of the emotions exactly right throughout the whole book. If you ever had a situation like this in high school where one day you were best friends with a group of girls and all of a sudden the next day they were spreading rumors about you then you know exactly how this feels. I connected with this story well because of the fact I went through something similar while I was a senior in high school. The story felt so real to me because the characters were spot on. There are so many great lessons to take away from this book, rivals are tough but they aren’t everything because high school isn’t everything. High school doesn’t last forever, life will go on.

I give this book 5 stars because the story, characters, plot, and emotions were awesome. Seriously, run to the store when this one releases on Feb 15th, you wont be sorry that you did.



2 Responses to “Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer *Alexa’s Review*”

  1. Sara

    Thank you so much for the lovely review – I'm really glad the story spoke to you the way it did, that's what I've been hoping for; it's wonderful to connect with a reader in that way. Thank you!

  2. Alexa

    Sara- Thank you for stopping by! I really did love your book. Can't wait till it comes out so I can get a finished copy from the store.

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