Never Cry Werewolf

Title: Never Cry Werewolf
Author: Heather Davis
Publisher: HarperTeen – HarperCollins
Release Date: September 1, 2009

Moonlight can totally change your life.
And it all starts so simply.
You. Him.
The moon.
You’re toast.
Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately (how was she supposed to know Wes had “borrowed” that Porsche?). But her stepmother totally overreacts when she catches Shelby in a post-curfew kiss with a hot senior: Suddenly Shelby’s summer plans are on the shelf, and she’s being packed off to brat camp. It’s good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.
Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. Shelby knows that she really shouldn’t be getting tangled up with another bad boy . . . but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good-looking one? One thing’s for sure: That pesky full moon is about to get her into trouble all over again.

This book was pretty good. It wasn’t outrageously great, or horribly bad. It was more of a happy medium. It was full of small details that wove an extremely entertaining story, and I enjoyed the camping premise that it starts out as. The wilderness and the ridiculousness of the camp (and all the jokes that the campers make about it) made me laugh more than once as I felt my own indignation rise at the injustice of the actions, words, and simple stupidity of characters like Priscilla. And I mean, if a stepmother’s name is Priscilla, stereotypically speaking, she’s not very nice! The cover, too, is really cool. The allusions to Little Red Riding Hood (both on the cover and in the book) were funny.

But the book was about more than evil stepmothers. There was also a lot of self-discovery and revelations that I thought were true, too, like the fact that in times of terrible grief, it’s hard to talk to strangers because 1. it’s humiliating, and 2. they’re strangers! If you can’t talk something out with your family, why would you air your family’s dirty laundry to a perfect stranger? It’s easier to write, or admit things to yourself, than have a random person come up to you and basically interrogate you about your life.

The points made about pyschiatrists in this book are true, but the werewolf aspect was really cool. I liked the idea of being able to control what you are. The difficulty, pressure, and trust issues of being a werewolf were evident through the relationship between Austin and Shelby. And then the ending, with the tiny detail that leaves open a huge chance for a sequel (which there is, but only in ebook form). I’m going to see if I can get it, because even though the book was pretty medium, I would never pass up a chance to read the sequel!

~Yours Truly

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