My Rebellion Checklist by Susan Soares
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (232 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Victoria Matherson’s summer to-do list looked something like this:
1. Get organized for college
2. Complete summer job at Dad’s office
3. Spend a romantic summer with Adam
During the first week of her summer vacation, Victoria’s super controlled life suddenly swerves out of control. Her boyfriend breaks up with her unexpectedly, she gets in a near-fatal car wreck, and her parents announce the end of their twenty-year marriage.
Victoria decides to live life messily, to take chances, and finally to rebel. Taking on the new name of “Tori,” she creates a checklist of rebellion—#3 Get an extreme haircut, #6 Pierce something—which she’ll use to show everyone around her that all the changes to her perfectly organized life haven’t affected her in the least. Even though they have.
With the help of her quirky and cute co-worker Zack, Tori will check off the crazy items on her list and learn what it means to give up control and be free. But just how far will she go?
Anyone can turn over a new leaf if they put their mind to it.
Tori’s character development was really well done. She changed quite a bit during the course of this book, but her transformation never felt rushed or artificial. Sometimes it was barely noticeable at all unless I took a minute to think about how her reactions to certain events were evolving. Seeing how this character matured made me wish for a sequel. While I don’t know if the author is planning to write one, I hope she will consider the idea.
There were a few things about the romantic subplot that never quite made sense to me. The characters involved in it had so many other things going on in their lives that I questioned whether pursuing a relationship was a smart move for them at this point. While there was strong chemistry in this relationship, it needed more time to develop. I could see people involved in it becoming close friends, but I could never quite understand making that leap from believing they were compatible to agreeing that it was a good idea for them to try dating right now.
The most intriguing subplot involved how Tori and her parents responded to the divorce. All three of their reactions fit their personalities to a tee. Ms. Soares did a good job revealing this information slowly but methodically throughout the course of the book. It was interesting to see how and when she chose to return to this topic. I felt like I got to know all three characters quite well due to how much I learned about them as they adjusted to their new lives.
I’d recommend My Rebellion Checklist to anyone in the mood for something fun.