Fetching: A Book Review



Fetching by Kiera Stewart

Summary: Olivia and her best friends, Phoebe, Delia, Joey, and Mandy, are tired of being the underdogs of the eighth grade. Bullied and teased by queen bee Brynne and her clique on a regular basis, Olivia has even sat in ketchup as part of an awful prank! Mandy may have an unusual sense of style, and Delia’s skin isn’t even close to being smooth, but Olivia and her friends agree no one deserves to be treated that way. After a session of dog-training with her grandmother, Olivia realizes that her classmates are just like the adorable dogs! With a little training and improvement, the so-called losers could become the head of the school. At first, the plan seems to work. More kids are sitting at their table, not everybody sneers when they walk by, and even Brynne’s BFFs are tired of her evil behavior! However, when the training backfires, and Olivia loses her closest friends, can she fix the mess she created?

My Thoughts: This was one of those times when I picked up a book based on the cover. The pink, orange and aqua color combo caught my eye, and I loved the back cover with the different breeds. And, of course, there was the adorable dog :) It didn’t measure up to my expectations based on the cover, but I see where the author was trying to go. Reading halfway through, I realized how similar this was to Boys Are Dogs, with the training of people as dogs. I was also reminded of Mission (Un) Popular. {Don’t ask why.} The story itself was fast-paced, and most of the characters were fairly developed. I wish the author provided the reader with more information and background about the rest of the Bored Game Club members {You would have to read it to understand the name} who are Delia, Mandy, Phoebe, and Joey. Oliva was okay, but I didn’t like her personality that much, and preferred to read about her friends inside. Brynne was just awful, and I cringed every time she bullied someone, especially at the end at the assembly. She was MEAN! The elections were a fab choice for a sub-plot, and allowed the author to introduce characters, like Caleb. So, in the end, it was, let’s say, solid.

Pros: Cover design and fast-paced plot.

Cons: Writing style was weird, but I don’t know how to explain it further. The characters could use some more development, excluding Olivia.

Heads Up: Some middle school humor and bullying. A main character also gets suspended.

Overall: I give it 3 stars {***} and recommend it for ages 11 and up. I suggest you read the Boys Are Dogs series instead, before buying/checking out this one.

Okay, here is where I am on the blog design. Don’t be surprised if it changes again this weekend ;)

Bella :)


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