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August 23, 2008

All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School

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All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School

Author: Janette Rallison 

Page Length: 182

Reading Level: unknown

Genre: Fiction        

PLOT SUMMARY: Samantha Taylor is a junior and head cheerleader at her high school.  She works at the local bookstore with Logan, her junior high boyfriend, whom she pretends to loathe.  Samantha has just received her SAT scores and is sad to learn she made a disappointing 810.

With the low score, she fears she will not be able to gain entrance into a four-year university.  Although she has cheerleading to put on her applications as an extra curricular activity, she feels she needs some experience with leadership.  For this reason, she decides she will run for president of the student body in the upcoming student council election.

Samantha has a group of friends, better known as the cheerleading clique, and as she solicits votes, realizes that winning the election is going to be more difficult than she thought.  Besides the low test scores, Samantha has also been dumped by Brad, her date for the prom, after a bad date involving her pet cat. 

Throughout the book, Samantha faces conflict with her mom, Logan, her friends, and her “not so good” friends.  Although she believes “all’s fair in love, war, and high school” she realizes it is not a good slogan for winning friends and influencing people.

REVIEW:  Rallison does a good job of creating Samantha’s character as a stereotype cheerleader.  The book focuses on Samantha’s personality as one of being insulting and putting others down.  Although the book has a good ending, I found it a bit annoying to read. 

I think girls of middle school and junior high would like the book better than high school girls.

TEACHING AREAS: Main Idea and Supporting Details, Sequence of Events, Characters, Conflict

RELATED BOOKS: Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws, Fame, Glory, and Other Things on my To-Do List, It’s a Mall World After All, The Revenge of the Cheerleaders, How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend

MOVIE CONNECTIONS: “Grease” (1978), “High School Musical” (2006), “Legally Blonde” (2001)

RELATED WEBSITES:

www.meridianmagazine.com/books/040121love.html

www.walkeryoungreaders.com/books/catalog.php?key=412

www.thecherrycreeknews.com/content/view/884/74

www.janetterallison.com/questions_alls_fair.html

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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