Monday, July 9, 2012

Book Review: Girl Steals Guy by Kelly Green

Girl Steals Guy (Borrowing Abby Grace, #2) 
by Kelly Green 

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy (Novella)
Reading Grade: Young Adult
Publication Date: October 21, 2011
Source: Amazon Kindle store
Age Rating: 14+

Dropped into the life of a gorgeous senior with a heartbroken best friend, Abby Grace must navigate high school keg parties, football games and power couples as she discovers that love and revenge are sometimes the same thing. 

My Review

  • Plot: This story is another adventure for Shadow Abby Grace to tackle as she finds another borrower, Michelle, a beautiful teen girl with a best friend brokenhearted over her boyfriend who suddenly dumped her for a more attractive girl. It's up to Abby, who is starting to remember a little of who she really is, or was, to set things straight and reunite the two lovers.
  • Characters: Abby gets a hint at what she's supposed to do from Will, her helper guy, and it's to reunite the two lovers. This means something along the lines of getting Michelle's best friend, Heather and her ex-boyfriend, Sam, back together again. I think in so little space, the new characters for this episode can't be judged properly. But, seeing more of Abby and Will does reveal more character development for them. They even seem to be liking each other, despite the fact that Abby always pretends to be someone else, and has to pretend to like someone else. It would seem confusing, but it doesn't come off that way.
  • Writing: The writing is better in this episode compared to the first one, The Shadow. It seemed more efficient and descriptive, especially of Abby Grace herself, the real Abby Grace whose face can be seen only by herself whenever she looks into a mirror.
  • Story: I like the story pretty well because, like the first installment, it is a mystery that Abby needed to solve in a short period of time, and it took on a lot of unexpected twists and turns. With this one, I was always guessing the outcome along the way, but it turned out not quite like how I figured would. It's pretty fun reading.
  • Overall Quality: Good quality—I liked it, although not as much as the first novella. People who love mysteries and Nancy Drew-like stories would really like this contemporary series.
  • Favorite Scene/Moment: The scene where Abby(Michelle) chatted with Sam, the best friend's ex-boyfriend, and ate pizza with him on the beach. He had come to her rescue when her own boyfriend had stranded her there because she wouldn't put-out. I like that Sam turned out to be a dear old friend of Michelle's that she hadn't talked to in years because Michelle had changed during her relationship with her awful boyfriend.
  • My Score: 3.5/5 stars.


  1. I've been curious about these books because of the cool covers. They're kind of scary criminal kind of feel to them. It's fitting that these books are mysteries. Novellas are always hard to review because on the one hand you can't fault it for lack of development as they're so short but on the other it doesn't feel complete. I'm glad you liked it. It does sound pretty interesting.

    1. @Lan: The covers are really cool, aren't they? Yeah, it is tough to review novellas because you can only judge them so far.

  2. I'm such a sucker for novellas, but I'm not sure the genre of this one appeals to me. :( Though it does seem to have a slightly supernatural element. Nice review, glad you enjoyed it!

    1. @Camille: It does have a supernatural element to it. I like it because I used to watch Quantum Leap when I was a kid, and it's very much like that only involving teenagers.

  3. I keep forgetting to download the first one of these. It looked quite interesting. This one does too. I like the whole premise behind them.

    1. @Jenny: If you like mysteries, I think you'll like these novellas. ;)

  4. I haven't read this book yet. But I am very curious with the story. It looks like entertaining and intriguing. I can't wait to get a copy of this. Thanks for the post Cathy.

  5. I haven't read the first book, but it definitely sounds like an interesting concept. Got to check them out! Great review :D

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