Thursday, February 14, 2013

Snark and Circumstance by Stephanie Wardrop ~ Review

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Source:  Received an eBook copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

From Goodreads:

One superior smirk from Michael Endicott convinces sixteen-year-old Georgia Barrett that the Devil wears Polo. His family may have founded the postcard-perfect New England town they live in, but Georgia’s not impressed. Even if he is smart, good looking, and can return Georgia’s barbs as deftly as he returns serves on his family’s tennis courts. After all, if Michael actually thinks she refuses to participate in lab dissections just to mess with his grade, he’s a little too sure that he’s the center of the universe. Could there be more to Michael Endicott than smirks and sarcasm? If Georgia can cut the snark long enough, she just might find out.

Snark and Circumstance is the first title in the Snark and Circumstance series of young adult romance novellas from Stephanie Wardrop. First title available 2.5.13

My Thoughts:

3 stars - Just getting to know these characters

I'm hoping that this is the first part of an ongoing story; a short 48 page novella, this story really only gives us a taste of these characters.

Georgia is a little pushy in her vegan believes and I had a hard time really liking her.  She doesn't have a teenage voice to me.  While I can really see the vegan teenager, I just felt like her struggle to make friends sounded more like an adult trying to relate to teens.  We are told that she has struggled with making friends in the past to the point that her mother makes her promise to try harder at it.  While the very popular kids turn their nose up at her, she seems to fit just fine with a smaller group of misfits.  I guess I just didn't buy that character trait.  I believe what I see more than what I'm told and too much of this story was told.

Michael is stuffy and irritable.  I kinda get the idea that he likes Georgia but is horrified at the idea.  I actually like that about him.  There's a lot of speculation about why he is now attending a public school.  That issue is never resolved but if everyone believes what is being rumored, it's odd that he seems to be hanging in popular circles.  I just didn't get that.

The story has a nice pace for the first half to three quarters but then it does a lot of summarizing that I didn't enjoy.  I don't really think I'm a novella installment kinda girl.  I like full stories.  Novellas are great for that extra little bit of a regular novel or series but I don't like the installment version.  I assume this story continues on in the next title because very little was resolved in this one.

It does have that Pride and Prejudice feel and I love stories based off that book.  I also enjoyed the four very different sisters.  I could see this book taking different novellas for each sister.  I would be happier if each one completed a story.

If you like the novella installment kinda of story then this one you should consider.

Here's another opinion.


  1. Sounds like it could be cute. I love the title. It made me giggle .

  2. This sounds cute, but I think I would want to wait until they are all out so I could read them in a row since they are novellas. I do like novellas when they add more to a story, or if it's a single novella that's a great short story, but I don't know how I feel about continuing novellas like this. Great review babe!

  3. Sounds cute, and guess its good to get a taste of the characters. I don't usually do novellas, but JLA has started selling me on them a bit more.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  4. Short stories are tricky, definitely hard to get right, and not for everyone. It seems like there's just a general lack of connection to the characters, and that's too bad.
    Nice review, Val.

  5. Oooh this sounds absolutely wonderful. I'm adding it to my tbr :) I wish it was a novel rather than novella but I'm still willing to give it a try.