Book Review: The Stalker Chronicles by Carley Moore
It’s been quite a while since I’ve reviewed a book here, mainly because I haven’t been able to read much over the past 8 months due to issues with my eyes due to my GBS. But I knew that as soon as I could read, The Stalker Chronicles by Carley Moore would be the first off the stack. Carley is my wife’s cousin. I’ve met her a couple of times in the almost 10 years that I’ve known my wife. She’s absolutely delightful. Apparently, my wife and her were quite the pair back in their younger days. So I couldn’t not read this, even though it isn’t in the genre I typically read.
First, I must say, this book has one of the most apt covers I’ve ever seen. Whoever did the artwork created an impeccable match for the story, and an absolutely brilliant design. Before you even open the book, you have a pretty good idea of what is coming.
Cammie Bliss is a sophomore in high school who has a problem. She can’t seem to stop stalking the people she likes. And that habit has earned her a reputation in her high school, and, in fact, throughout the small town of Lakewood, NY where she lives. When a new boy, Toby Waxman, moves to town, he is one of the few who doesn’t know about her past. But since he’s cute, and doesn’t blow her off like all the other boys do, he’s bound to find out… the hard way.
Now, as I said, this isn’t my normal genre. While I do write YA, my books lean more towards the post-apocalyptic than the teenage angst. But I did really like this book. I’m not so old so as to not remember high school, and Carley nails the politics and the cliques and aforementioned angst. I’m absolutely positive that teenage girls would read this book and no doubt think “that is soooo me” and then tell all their friends to read it. Heck, a lot of teenage boys could probably flip the gender on the main characters and think “dude, that is soooo me”… but they probably wouldn’t tell their friends. “Cuz, dude, that pink book belongs to my sister. She forgot it at home. I’m just bringing it to her.”
At 230 pages, The Stalker Chronicles a quick, enjoyable read, and I highly recommend it. It’s like a teenage version of a Stephanie Plum book… not that I read those… Dude, I was just bringing them home for my wife.