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Book Title: Kissing Caroline (Love Stories)|
The author of the book: Cheryl Zach
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 578 KB
Edition: Bantam Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: November 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9780553570144
Read full description of the books Kissing Caroline (Love Stories):I knew what this book was when I started reading it, and I knew that it wasn't my taste; I read it in German because I'm learning German - it isn't a book I would even consider picking up in my native language, and I bear that in mind when I write this review. Nevertheless, I cannot give this book a rating of more than one star: the romance plot is weak; the characters are dull and poorly-developed; and the dialogue is stilted and lacking humour. As a character, I found Jake difficult both to like and to take seriously, largely because he is presented as almost unerringly thoughtful, apologetic and considerate; this makes the book's premise, his despairing depression over his girlfriend inexplicably breaking up with him (and subsequent attempts to set up another girl he's only just met), a bit difficult to comprehend. There is no explanation given for why his relationship fell apart, there is no evidence given for the apparent closeness he is now missing so desperately - I found that this lack of thought in plotting starts the novel on thin ground that doesn't develop much strength later on.
I respect that romance novels are not usually known for their complexity (whether aimed at young adults or not), but I found this one in particular to be lacking in the necessary basics of likeable/feasible characters or a logical plot. But that said, it's not a bad thing to use for building foreign vocabulary!
Read information about the authorCheryl Byrd was born on 9 June 1947 in Clarksville, Tennessee, USA, daughter of Nancy, a sales manager, and Smith Henry Byrd, a military officer. As an army brat, she has lived in Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, southern California, Great Britain, and Germany. Growing up, she changed schools ten times in twelve years. She has been an Anglophile since she discovered the Dr. Dolittle books at about the age of seven. After enduring serious frustration when she could not learn to talk to the animals, she stuck to reading and devoured the Mary Poppins series, the Borrowers, and anything else English she could find, enjoying, as she grew, many British writers including the wonderful Jane Austen and even the Bard himself. And somewhere along the way, the writing bug bit, as well.
On 2 June 1967, she married Q. J. Wasden, a sales manager. They had two children: Quinton John and Michelle Nicole, and divorced in September 1979. On 20 June 1982, she married Charles O. Zach Jr., the president of a die casting company, who died on 1990. She obtained a BA (1968) and MA (1977) in English Literature at Austin Peay State University. She worked as high school English teacher in Harrison County, MS, 1970-71; as freelance journalist, 1976-77; high school English teacher in Dyersburg, TN, 1978-82; before stopping to write full time.
As Cheryl Zach, she wrote Young Adult and romance novels, she also used the pseudonym of Jennifer Cole. So after publishing over thirty books in various genres, she was thrilled to write books. But, she loves history, most of all English history, and most wanted to write historical adventure set in the English Regency period–Jane Austen’s era. The first books as Nicole Byrd were written with her daughter Michelle Nicole Wasden Place. When Michelle became too busy with a growing family to do more than function as the world’s best critique partner, the later books were written on her own. The books in the Sinclair Family Saga have been a delight to write, and the characters have become as familiar and beloved as old friends.
Her book Benny and the No-Good Teacher was a nominee for the South Carolina Children’s Book Award and her book, The Class Trip was an International Reading Association/Children’s Book Award. Zach is the first young adult writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. She was also the first recipient of Young Adult Network’s Silver Diary Award. Her historical novel, Hearts Divided, won the 1996 Virginia Romance Writer’s Holt Medallion in the Young Adult category. Her articles have appeared in The Writer magazine, Children's Writer, and the Writer's Handbook. She is the current chairperson of the SCBWI Regional Advisors.
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