Devon Vaughn Archer -
His Teen Dream -
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3 out of 5 books -
Sixteen-year-old Lex Haskell is unhappy about the recent move to Lake Charmaine, CA. He has moved around quite a few times since his parents' divorce and his mother's remarriage to a man that Lex really does not care for. Lex is happy for his mother but feels lost in the shuffle. His father does not seem to have time for him anymore since he seems more concerned with his "new" family.
On the first day at his new school, Lex is surprised to see a blast from his past, his childhood girlfriend Taylor Clawson. More than anything, Lex wants to rekindle their friendship and possibly their childhood romance, but Taylor is already taken by football jock Blake Reed. Deep down inside, Taylor would like to have Lex back in her life, if only for the friendship, but she knows that Blake is jealous and insecure when it comes to her. Not only that, but Blake has a mean side that no one else but her knows about.
His Teen Dream by Devon Vaughn Archer is a novel that I could easily recommend to teenagers. This is the type of novel that could benefit them in some way, whether they are in a relationship or have friends in a relationship. The characters are easily relateable. My main issue with this story is that Mr. Archer focused on the fact that Lex and Taylor were 10-years-old when they got together. They shared kisses, he wrote her a beautiful song and played it for her on his guitar. The fact that at 16-years-old, they both kept thinking of one another and wondering if the other kissed as well as the last time (at 10-years-old.) The age was totally unrealistic. I could have seen this more if say they were 13-14 years old then saw each other again 2 years later, but definitely NOT at 10 years-old. The other descrepency I had was that Lex's mom went to seek Taylor out to talk to her at the high school and asked her to come outside and sit in her car to talk to her. I had to shake my head at this because for a parent to be wandering the halls looking for a student is highly unlikely. With a good developemental editor, this book would have rated a lot higher. The story kind of reminded me of one of those episodes of the show Degrassi Jr. High.
Reviewed by Leona for Urban Reviews
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