Welcome to my stop of Kristi Cook's Magnolia! A truly cute read with the right amount of family and swoon. Check here for the schedule!
Author: Kristi Cook
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
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Ever since, I've read the synopsis of Magnolia last year, I was beyond excited to read it. Literally, once I found out that I was part of the blog tour, there are no words to explain how happy I was. But the weird thing was that I was scared to read it. With some of my highly anticipated books such as Evertrue, The Last Forever and The Winner's Curse being disappointments, I was in no mood to read it. There were plenty of good reviews that were coming in and I was for sure that I was going to like it, but that was the same scenario with The Winner's Curse. However, I'm glad to say that Magnolia did not disappoint at all.
The beginning with Magnolia was sort of rocky for me as I didn't like how the characters were introduced as there was too many of them to keep track of, but as you keep reading, it no longer becomes a problem. Magnolia presents realistic teens with their constant bickering and typical swearing. Seeing Jemma's friends talk and react to each other hits home completely. Plenty of my friends talk the exact same way as they do such as the trash talking. Jemma's friends, Mason, Tanner and Ryder get into an argument about football and start throwing punches and in my head, I was like YES! Not that I was glad that they were fighting, but glad to read something that I have witnessed countless times.
Onto the main characters, Jemma and Ryder. Let me just say, I adored their transition to disliking each other and then slowly, unraveling each other's feelings for one another. I've had a quite a few laughs whenever Jemma and Ryder interacted with each other. Another element that I enjoyed was how their families were so close. Their mothers went to same school as each other. They were sorority sister and mutual maids of honor. They basically did everything together such as church, dinners and vacations. It was great reading this as I can relate to Jemma's and Ryder's situation. I know, what's it like to pressured to be with your mom's best friend's son, however mine was less subtle than Jemma's and Ryder's. Reading this definitely made me wonder in the future if I will ever end up with him, but as right now, I'm shaking my head at that illusion. But, who knows, the future can be unpredictable.
Kristi Cook's Magnolia had me laughing wtih Jemma's and Ryder's constant bickering, crying with how beyond cute it was, and swooning with the one and only Ryder Marsden. Realistic portrayals of teen, the right amount of romance, Magnolia is the absolute perfect summer read.