Book Review: Welcome Home, Caroline Kline by Courtney Preiss

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Welcome Home, Caroline Kline by Courtney Preiss opens with Caroline Kline couch surfing in New York City due to her no longer having a job and her fiance breaking up with her. The cherry on top is when Caroline finds out her father is not doing well and has to go home to New Jersey to help out. She finds one thing she didn't expect . . . true love. I received an Advanced Readers Copy of Welcome Home, Caroline Kline from NetGalley for free in exchange for my honest review.  The synopsis of this book was intriguing, and I absolutely love baseball, so I couldn't wait to dig in to this story. Unfortunately, the story started off a bit slow and continued to be slow at points throughout the book. The slowness of the plot made it difficult to stay interested in the characters and their fate.  At one point, I didn't really care if I finished the story or not. With that being said, I'm glad I stuck with the book because the last 15% of Welcome Home, Caroline Kline started to

Book Review: The New Girl (Sweet Valley Twins, #6) Created by Francine Pascal

Children's Book SeriesThe Sweet Valley Twins book series is what made me an avid reader as a child. I couldn't get through each book fast enough. This book series is perfect for children between the ages eight and twelve, and I definitely urge people to introduce these books to their kids, especially those who aren't interested in reading. I wish they had been introduced to me a lot earlier. As part of my rereading my way through my childhood, I picked up The New Girl (Sweet Valley Twins, #6) created by Francine Pascal.

What I love about this series is that it always seems to deal with real life issues that children might deal with and teaches a lesson. In The New Girl (Sweet Valley Twins, #6), the lesson is that things aren't always what they seem and bullying isn't the answer. Kindness can go a long way, so don't act like a jerk towards people.

Rereading this book as an adult, I didn't remember anything about this installment going into it. I think this was one of the few times that I actually liked both twins within the same book. Usually, I would favor Elizabeth as my favorite character, but on rare occasion, I would like Jessica better.

I was engaged in this book, even as an adult because this series holds such a special place in my heart, and I was torn as I read it . . . I definitely felt for the twins because they didn't deserve the mean remarks from Brooke Dennis. At the same time, I felt bad for Brooke when we find out that her parents had gotten divorced. Because of this, she felt unloved and unwanted, so she was acting out as a result.

What's great about the endings in these books are that they typically show the reader a better way to go about things, and I do hope that kids who pick up this book, and any of the others in this series, really do learn a lesson from it. With that being said, The New Girl (Sweet Valley Twins, #6) wasn't one of my favorite books in this series this time around. I gave it three out of five stars.

Synopsis of The New Girl (Sweet Valley Twins, #6) When new girl Brooke Dennis moves into town and is snotty to everyone she encounters for no reason at all, Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield decide to team up and invent a triplet. Soon the whole school gets involved in the Wakefield girl's practical joke.


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