Thursday, August 20, 2009

All's Fair in Love, War and High School by Janette Rallison

Genre: YA-Fiction

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First Line: “The problem with getting bad news is you hardly ever get to go home and cry, or sulk, or rip things up, like you’d like to.”

One Word Review: Entertaining

Summary: “When your chance for getting into college and your date for the prom are all on the line…Sixteen-year-old Samantha Taylor is used to having things go her way. She’s head cheerleader and has all the right friends and a steady stream of boyfriends. But when she tanks the SATs, her automatic assumptions about going to college don’t appear to be so automatic anymore. She determines that her only hope for college admission is to win the election for student body president. Unfortunately, with her razor wit and acid tongue she’s better suited to dishing out insults than winning votes. When she brashly bets her classmate Logan that she can go two weeks without uttering a single insult, Samantha immediately realizes that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. And when her current boyfriend dumps her, less than three weeks before the prom, it couldn’t be a worse time to be forced to keep her opinions to herself. Finding a new boyfriend will be a challenge now that Logan shadows her every move, hoping to catch her slipping back into her old ways. Samantha is determined to win the election and find a dream date for the prom, no matter what it takes. After all . . . all’s fair in love and war (and high school!).” -GoodReads

My Review: This was another fun high school story. Samantha really goes through a nice transformation in the book. She starts out as your stereotypical cheerleader, over critical of people and transforms into a nice caring girl. I thought the bet between her and Logan was fun, and how he decided he needed to spend a lot of extra time around her to make sure she didn’t slip up. Another fun Rallison novel, she has a knack for writing believable teenagers and their high school experiences.


  1. I can't remember - does this one have the scene at the beginning with the cat? I laughed and laughed.

  2. Mary-Yes! There is a pretty funny cat scene in this one, all her books have the funniest "awkward moments", I love it!


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