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Friday, March 25, 2011

Review: So Shelly

Title: So Shelly
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Ty Roth
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release Date: February 8, 2011
Book: Bought

"Until now, high school junior, John Keats, has only tiptoed near the edges of the vortex that is schoolmate and literary prodigy, Gordon Byron. That is, until their mutual friend, Shelly, drowns in a sailing accident.

After stealing Shelly's ashes from her wake at Trinity Catholic High School, the boys set a course for the small Lake Erie island where Shelly's body had washed ashore and to where she wished to be returned. It would be one last "so Shelly" romantic quest. At least that's what they think. As they navigate around the obstacles and resist temptations during their odyssey, Keats and Gordon glue together the shattered pieces of Shelly's and their own pasts while attempting to make sense of her tragic and premature end."

This book would make one heck of a life time movie. It was written beautifully. The characters were well describe and the plot... well the plot is not only graphic but destructive. It was a type of plot that pulls you in drowning you in the characters life and sorrows. I will do my best to write this review without revealing any spoilers. Bare with me, cause this is the first time I found myself loss for words.

I enjoyed this book even though for me was hard to read. I found myself shaking my head a lot wondering why on earth were they doing what they were doing. Shelly. Poor Shelly. I love her character. Shelly is a girl who puts up with anything. Her emotions show clearly in her actions. Shelly did what she had to do to keep Gordon in her life. Either he was at a distance or next to her. They had what I call a very destructive relationship. One they were tied down to and could not let go. 

Gordon, was a well written beautifully describe character. I can understand the way that he is because of what he went through, but I can't help but dislike him for what he did. He is selfish and will never learn.

John is the third wheel caught in the middle between all this drama. I like how he didn't take sides and saw everything for what it is. Now, how this guy ever learn love from watching this relationship is beyond me. I think, he learned more about love from seeing its opportunity that is lost. Love that was never given a chance because of selfish people not letting go and seeing the good that was always in front of them.

This book overall is great. I loved reading it. It does have some very graphic things in it. There was drugs, sex, incest, suscide, and every kind of hurt you ever felt. Good book.

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Fabulous review! I am really looking forward to reading this. It sounds like a VERY emotional read!

  2. I've been hearing good things about this one! It sounds really intense and seems to have really well developed characters which is always the biggest plus for me:) Thanks for your thoughts on this one Savy!

  3. Gordon is a very complex character. I hated him for some of the things he did, but I also loved him. It was crazy. And yes, poor Shelly. Her end was sad.

  4. ooooh interesting! sounds like a great read!

    Thanks for the review Savy!

  5. I've read some mixed reviews of this one,but to me it sounds good! I love that cover, and I love your review! :)

  6. I haven't heard a whole lot about this book yet, but I'm definitely intrigued. Not to mention that there don't seem to be nearly as many male protagonists in YA as female. I always find that interesting!

  7. Oh I just won this book so now I'm even more excited for it coming to me! Great review. I can't wait to get into it.


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