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Friday, July 9, 2010

GREEK : Double Date by Marsha Warner Reviewed by Amy

Two dates—same night!

Major oops. When Casey Cartwright's brother begs her to be nerdy Dale Kettlewell's date to the sure-to-be-boring Honors Engineering Awards, Casey says yes. Even though Dale is totally not her type… and might have a crush on her. Ugh. But it's a nice thing to do, and Casey's always been the "nice" girl.

But now, that night conflicts with the biggest event of the semester, the All-Greek formal. Casey already has a date lined up: hot transfer student Rob Howell. He's her plan to get over her sexy-slacker ex, Cappie. And even nice girls get to be bad sometimes, right?

What to do? With a little help from BFF Ashleigh, unwanted advice from frenemy Rebecca Logan and even a push from Cappie, what Casey does may surprise even herself….

The first paragraph in the book reads...

If Casey Cartwright was sure of anything, it was that if she had to spend her last hours anywhere, the Zeta Beta Zeta house was not the worst place to do it. The sorority house with its dignified white colonial exterior had been her home for the best years of her life, and surely her sisters would give her a decent burial, despite the undignified nature of her final hours perched atop the center island of the house kitchen.

Greek: Double Date by Marsha Warner was published by Harlequin Teen.

On another quick note I was so fascinated to find out that Harlequin celebrated their 60th birthday back in 2009 - YAY!!! My mom would read the steamy Harlequin romance novels when I was a little girl. It brings back memories of me watching her so intensely reading while chewing her finger nails. I could ask her anything while she was engrossed and she would say yes. So thank you Harlequin :0) I ate many chocolate pops thanks to you.

    • 5.8 billion books sold
    • 2,700 authors
    • 34,000 titles
    • 640 bestseller placements
    That is really amazing.

    I do not normally read these kind of books. I usually read paranormal, fantasy or any book with a werewolf in it, as many of our followers might have guessed. So when Harlequin Teen asked us to review this book I was a little hesitant. There are more mentions of BFF's, Capa Beta and Zeta Beta Zeta somethings than I would like to admit.

    I would have to admit the dating dilemma was pretty entertaining, not to mention funny. I wasn't sure if I was going to like reading about the whole sorority lifestyle. However this book was quick and lighthearted but at the same time a pretty shallow read. There was little substance. This group of college kids that live in the Zeta Beta Zeta house or ZBZ for short, have nothing better to do than talk about their next keg party, date or impressing the opposite sex. I would have to admit I was wanting to know what Casey was going to do with both of her dates on the same night... wanting to do right by Dale while wanting to see if there are any sparks between her and Rob. 

    I did not take this book too can't. Just because this book is not my taste doesn't mean it was horrible. The writing was pretty good. I would say with some of the content, you know, college life-style: hazing, strippers and keg parties are just some of the reasons why I would not let my younger teens read this book. Although there was very few curse words and mentions of sex. I was actually surprised. That's a good thing. GREEK: Double Date was geared toward teens but in my opinion it would be older teens; at least sixteen years of age.

    What I thought was most funny was the about the author section in the back of the book. Seriously it reads ...

    Marsha Warner
    was born in the same Kenyan town as President Obama's father. At the age of ten, she became famous for her lion-wrestling exploits. At seventeen, she became the first albino to ascend Mount Everest on one foot. By thirty she had made her first million from her lucrative career of appearing uncredited in films. Warner lives in New York, where she has the popular job of walking around the city in an ill-fitting suit. She does not own any cats.

    I do not watch the show on ABC Family. I have heard it is quite the guilty pleasure . The books characters seem to stay true to the show. The ending of this book Double Date leaves it open for more steamy romance and some major college mishaps.

    If you would like a quick - no fuss - romantic read with a love triangle that has moral dating dilemmas than you will most likely enjoy this book. Especially, if you are a fan of the show.

    I however will be more interested in reading the P.C. Cast series that Harlequin Teen has published.

    ~ Amy

    *** I will be giving away GREEK : Double Date by Marsha Warner.  All who comment will be eligible.  


    1. yay first to comment! Thanks so much for this contest! I love the TV show greek. I even have a t-shirt :P

    2. I'd like to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

      nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

    3. +JMJ+

      Hmmmmm. I don't know. On the one hand, this sort of book is not my cup of tea either. I don't think I'd be able to relate to any of the characters. On the other hand, the idea of a "Dating" novel with a moral element is intriguing. It seems to me that most of these books have the fairy-tale aspect of everything working out for the better at the end without the protagonists actually having to be virtuous. So if there's some real moral agency here, I guess I wouldn't mind reading it. =)

    4. I have not watched the show, but I quite like the concept of this book. I'd like to get the chance to read it. :) Thanks for the giveaway!


    5. Interesting. I haven't watched the show, but the book does sound like a good read. ^^ Then again i don't watch much tv so reading the book would be more up my alley.


    6. I haven't watched the show either. But, I would like to read the story. Plus my YAAC group might like it! :)
      Thanks for the chance!
      neohippy10 hotmail

    7. i also not have watch the show and of course i think book is better ;p

      sign me in!

      darlyn225 at gmail dot com

    8. Sounds fun! I'd love to be entered :)


    9. Greek is awesome! Too bad it's going to be cancelled after the first part of season 4. But well, I hope the book is as good as de TV show


    10. Ooops, didn't notice that I wasn't logged in! HAHAHAHA (could you please delete the other comment?)


      Greek is awesome! Too bad it's going to be cancelled after the first part of season 4. But well, I hope the book is as good as de TV show


    11. well count me in if this is international! :D feeyonachan at gmail dot com

      anyway, I watched a little part of an episode. I don't know if it's just me or the channel or the video quality is not that great -__-

    12. I love the show! And yes, it is quite the guilty pleasure. I always feel a little dirty when I watch them. But my own life is so boring, I need to get my drama in somehow! I'd love a chance at this book, please!

      ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com


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