That Witch! by Zoe Lynne

That Witch! by Zoe Lynne
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA
Length: Full Length (204 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Cassidy Ryan and Brynn Michaels attend the same high school, but they live in different worlds. Cassidy’s a popular cheerleader, and Brynn’s the social leper. One is all sunshine and rainbows, while the other could’ve been carved from an Edgar Allan Poe book.

Both girls have their problems, though. Cassidy is coming into her birthright—a long line of ancient magic Cassidy isn’t ready to have. Brynn is coming into her sexuality—something that will definitely cause problems with her very conservative family.

When a teacher assigns Cassidy and Brynn to work together on a project, the girls find themselves in a heap of trouble, because what they feel for each other can’t be denied. If they have any hope of changing ignorant and frightened minds, they’ll have to listen to their own hearts first.

Two opposite ends other of the high school social stream exactly describes Brynn and Cassidy.

Brynn dresses in black with pink hair. She is considered an emo which I believe is a type of gothic. Cassidy is leader of the cheerleaders and carries the “most popular girl in school” label.

Brynn keeps out of Cassidy’s way as the popular girl is known to be nasty to those who upset her. Imagine the girls’ horror when they are paired for a class project. The project brings them closer together and Brynn begins to have unusual feelings for the other girl.

I loved the way Brynn’s emotions unfolded as she explored her feelings for Cassidy, afraid to voice them out loud in case the other girl didn’t feel the same way. When they do eventually reveal their feelings they decide to keep their relationship under wraps to give them time to get used to it. Unfortunately Brynn’s parents find out and unpleasantness erupts all around them. Through it all they have each other and surprisingly Cassidy is the protective one, even willing to set Brynn free if it will make her friend happy.

This book is a good example of teenagers exploring their sexuality as they pass through puberty. In places their problems appeared easy to solve, but I think this showed there is always a solution, even if it doesn’t develop in the expected direction.

An excellent book, well written with totally real characters and showed a lot of the angst teenage girls go through, not just emotionally, but also dealing with their peers.

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