18 August 2009

"Chicks With Sticks (Knit Two Together)" by Elizabeth Lenhard

Chicks With Sticks (Knit Two Together) - Book 2 Chicks With Sticks (Knit Two Together) - Book 2 by Elizabeth Lenhard

Genre: fiction, young adult
From my TBR list?: Yes

Book 2 in a trilogy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

You know the story: four girls who shouldn't be friends are drawn together through a common interest. In the case of the book, the common interest is knitting. Of course, what would a story about knitting be without patterns in the back? Yes, it is another "novel plus".

I liked this second installment of Chicks with Sticks, but I didn't love it. While the first book felt more edgy with each of the Chicks dealing with serious issues in their lives, this time we are treated to a light story about how the Chicks are handling their relationships with boys. Perhaps my vantage point as an adult makes a difference, but the little dramas felt overblown this time around.

Another thing that felt overblown was the magical quality of knitting. (I am a knitter myself, so don't send me hate mail!) Again, in the first book it felt natural because Scottie discovered knitting when she needed something to calm her and make her take the focus off of herself. In this book, it seemed hokey.

The bottom line is that this is a YA book that is probably best left to the kids. My 12-year-old daughter enjoyed the book more than I did and wants me to hunt down the third book. The issues are much more urgent to her age group than they are to a 40-something woman like me.

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1 comment:

Michael said...

Funny, I initially thought it was going to be a hockey story.