Ann, Not Annie
Publication date: September 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Ann, not Annie, is tired of her nominal existence and has vowed to turn things around by dating the hottest guy in school, Jacob Waters. Easier said than done since Jacob isn’t even aware she exists. The truth is, due to Ann’s lively temper she spends more time in detention with the rest of the school rejects than she does fantasizing about Jacob Waters wearing spandex.
Her best friend and devout alien believer, Lisa, doesn’t like the changes she’s seeing in her BFF. Neither does Danny Feller, a fellow detention inmate and resident lost boy who has started keeping an extra watchful and unwanted eye on Ann.
When a chance encounter in an empty hallway changes everything, Ann finds all her dreams coming true and she is well on her way to living the perfect life she’s always wanted. But appearances aren’t always what they seem and Ann is going to have to face not just cold hard facts, but also her past.
Ann is dealing with the loss of her father. This means she spends a lot of time in detention. She finds herself in the company of Danny Feller. Her best friend is Lisa. They were quite content to be the school outcasts that is until Jacob Waters comes into the picture. Like most girls at her school, Ann wants to date Jacob and much to her friends’ dismay she gets her chance. Her friends don’t like the change they see in Ann. It’s up to Ann to figure herself out and save her friendships.
In an Oyster Shell – It has awkward narration at times but works out to be a really great story in the end.
The Pearls – The narration was different. I didn’t always like it but it was unique and added to the story in some places. I haven’t read a narration quite like it.
The tone of the book was quite somber at first. Ann was mostly grieving the loss of her dad. Her mom was an alcoholic as a result. So Ann’s life was quite tumultuous. It added to the mood of the story. Ann working out her problems made the story interesting. How she overcomes, in the end, was rewarding.
The romance was sweet. Danny really liked Ann. She had to go after her dream first. The way Danny watches over her is endearing. It just goes to show sometimes we don’t see what is right in front of us. That was true for this tory.
The Sand – As I mentioned before the narration was a little off in parts of the story.
Sage Steadman was awarded a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. While pursuing her passion for writing, she worked as a licensed mental health therapist. She published her debut novel, “Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter,” in 2010 under her pen name, The Hippie, and since, re-released the second edition under her real name. The novel has been deemed an “idyllic” read, filled with love, humor, romance and heart. She is also the co-author of the gritty and inspiring historical fiction novel, “Upon Destiny’s Song,” alongside classical guitarist, Mike Ericksen, and has penned an article on teen cutting for Canadian Magazine, “Edmonton’s Child.” She has recently produced a stunning and thought-reflecting novella entitled, “The Waking Dream.” Sage is heralded as a talented writer who tackles her novels with a witty, raw and honest approach. She currently lives near Salt Lake City, Utah with family.
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