Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Oracle of Dating by Allison van Diepen

Kayla is an oracle. An Oracle of Dating, to be specific. She doles out relationship advice to anyone who contacts her from her website (after paying a small fee!) and makes a pretty nice business out of it. But she must keep her Oracle identity a secret from her friends. If they knew Kayla was the Oracle, they would laugh, because Kayla's never been in a strong, long relationship. When suddenly some advice she gives out goes wrong, Kayla begins to doubt herself. To top it off, her on again/off again friendship (or more?) with classmate Jared is getting more confusing by the day. Kayla will need to learn to trust her own Oracle advice if she hopes to make it through these weird times.

The Oracle of Dating is a short read, stuffed chock-full of relationship advice for the reader. I thought it was cool that she had her own website and blog, as so many teenagers do these days. Computer savvy girls are not all that prominent in fiction, so having Kayla be web smart is refreshing! The first-person speaking style of writing sometimes came across as very cutsie, making Kayla sound younger than the high school crowd, but there are some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. Additionally, the specifically diverse crowd of friends (including the gay male!) seemed a little forced. All in all, this book will appeal to all girls who have ever had a mega-crush.

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

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