Well, the time has come to announce the winner of the bracket that Melissa and I shared (Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress vs Out of My Mind). I'm just going to briefly share what I thought about both, and let you know the winner. If you're interested in checking out Melissa's post, you can find it here!
There was really no contest about which book was the winner, we both agreed that Out of My Mind beat out Prom Dress. The story was moving, the characters were believable, and most importantly I think that there's something in it that everyone can relate to. The story and the characters were so compelling that I found myself tearing up during a couple of scenes. So, a big two thumbs up from me!
Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress was the first book that we read, and it was cute. Unfortunately, most of the characters fell flat for me. When I wanted to see more about Nic's family, I got drama at school. Portions just played into the fluffy YA novel cliches, and that was what really disappointed me. When chatting with Melissa about this I brought up my thought that it may have been that there were too many different stories, Nic's family drama, two guys competing for her, a looming fight with her best friend, and the mean girls. I believe that Ferraro would have been able to develop the characters while simultaneously expanding on one or two plot points.
As always, check out The Shady Glade for more information on the book battle!