K&T Mitchell (2008)
Reviewed by Katie Malone (age 11) for Reader Views (6/09)
“Abbie’s Rival” by Tracey Morait is a really good book with a lot of detail in the plot. I think that the message in the story is that life has its up and downs but in the end we all find someone we love or that loves us. Another point trying to be made is that friends should stick with you through everything.
I think this because Abbie’s e-mate, Colette, comes to visit Abbie in Britain. Little did Colette know Abbie lied about her background. Luckily Colette forgives her. This is good because this book is nothing without Colette. Then Richard, a twenty-year-old teaching student comes in. Abbie thinks he’s gorgeous; sadly, so does the absolutely stunning Colette. So, of course, Colette gets him. Little did Richard know Colette was only age sixteen which is old enough to be Richard’s student! And that’s against the rules. Abbie thinks she’s happy when really she’s not. I almost forgot about Abbie’s friend Shireen. She hated Colette, especially when she got Abbie drunk. Then there’s Tanya, Abbie’s step sister. She’s devious. She set Colette up to make it look like Colette stole money from her, but it didn’t work. As far as characters in this book go, Tanya is my least favorite.
I think the author carried the plot nicely throughout the story. She might have added some surprises, but they were reasonable surprises. This author is a wonderful writer. Here’s a quote “She couldn’t stop the sudden attack of jealousy stabbing at her heart…” She used personification to tell us how jealous Abbie was of Colette when Richard and Colette went to the movies together. I think a lot of people (including me) could relate to this story because everybody lies. In this story Colette forgives Abbie. In this story we learn that not always the “hottest” guy suits you.
I think that you should read “Abbie’s Rival” by Tracey Morait for five reasons (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.)
-You will find a way to relate to the book.
-You can’t predict the end.
-This book won’t bore you.
-You’ll learn some British.
-Tracey Morait writes really well.