Please try again later. Unfortunately this book didn't quite do it for me like her previous one did. I think this is rare for me but I just didn't really like the main character Polly. She wasn't a bad person by any means but I don't know if she wasn't believable to me. I can't pinpoint it but I didn't really like her. Same goes for her mother and grandmother who were sort of absent in her life while still being around and her father who actually was absent.
I thought her little sister Grace was funny though, with her stuffed animal obsession. And I thought the whole multiple ex-boyfriends plot would be funny but it turned out to be sort of annoying and unbelievable to me. I don't know why, but I can't believe that she had that many ex-boyfriends in that amount of time.
Same goes for all the minor characters except for Xander. I just didn't like them. Polly's best friend Jane made me mad and all her wild co-workers at Wild Waves just didn't seem that like good of people to me. But Xander, someone that Polly knew from childhood as the weird kid, blossoms into this handsome and confident young man.
I loved this guy and how he was so sweet when Polly was hot and cold and yes and no to quote Katy Perry. I kinda just wish he was falling for someone other than Polly. It sounds so mean when I say that but I honestly thought that while reading. Honestly it could just be me, be sure to check out some of the other reviews! I'll definitely be reading the author's future works though to see if maybe I can find some of that Big Nose magic again!
Swoon At Your Own Risk was a fun and cute read. This was my first book by Sydney Salter, but it will definitely not be my last. I went into the book headfirst, not knowing what to expect. I finished it in a couple of days and my reaction was: Swoon At Your Own Risk was witty and enjoyable, with deeper messages embedded in the pages. Polly learned a lot about herself and others throughout the novel and by the end of the book she'd changed a lot.
I really liked all the characters. Polly was a fun narrator, and readers could relate to her. It was interesting hearing about all the different boyfriends she'd had throughout the year, and this was where one of the lessons played out, learning about how she'd changed her life to suit the boy she was dating. Joining student council for Hayden, Nature Club for Gareth These were some of the best character names I've seen in awhile: Also, reading about Polly's work at Wild Waves was fun.
Some of my favorite scenes in the novel played out at Wild Waves. In addition, I loved reading Sonnet's blog entries, Xander's poems, and Miss Swoon's columns at the end of each chapter. Each one would bring a smile to my face. Miss Swoon was a cool character, and I liked the advice she gave, although she didn't always follow through with it herself.
Also, Xander was an excellent character. He was perfect for Polly and I would have to hold myself back each time she pushed him away, scared of having her heart broken yet again. Polly's best friend Jane didn't play a big part in the book until closer to the end. She invites Polly on a camping trip. There were quite a few twists in the plot that occurred on the trip and a scary encounter on a boat I don't want to include any spoilers!
The sub-plots in this novel were cleverly tied in with the main plot and they added a lot to the novel Her dad troubles, Hamburger Heaven, Miss Swoon, etc In the end, Swoon At Your Own Risk is definitely worth picking up come April and it's going to be out in paperback which makes it that much better! The title will also make better sense once you read the novel. It's such a perfect title for the book. With a positive underlying message and a strong female lead, Swoon At Your Own Risk is funny, emotional, and an overall great read.
One person found this helpful. After a year of boy craziness and subsequent heartbreak, Polly Martin swears off boys for the summer. Jory is in for some big surprises when passion finds her—and she discovers the beautiful people she longs to look like are not as perfect as they seem. In her hilarious and heartbreaking debut novel, Sydney Salter delivers a story about broadening your horizons, accepting yourself, and finding love right under your nose. Nothing goes as planned, and the results are simultaneously painful and hilarious. Salter captures the awkwardness of adolescence while driving home a message about self-acceptance.
Thirteen-year-old Kat can think of dozens of good reasons not to go on a boring family vacation to hot, grungy Mexico. The only person who will talk to Kat is Nando, a young Mayan guide who happens to be quite a cutie. Each day as they travel to different Mayan ruins, Nando tells Kat and Barb another installment in the original legend of Muluc, a girl who lived in the time of the Ancient Maya.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Swoon at Your Own Risk 3. But after a junior year full of dating disasters, Polly has sworn off boys. But Miss Swoon turns out to be a man-crazy sexagenarian! No advice column can prepare Polly for what happens when she goes on a group camping trip with three too many ex-boyfriends and the tempting Xander.
Swoon at Your Own Risk has ratings and 93 reviews. Kristy said: Street corner TBR ChallengeMay pick #2 per Tina!I can definitely see a lot of peop. You'd think Polly Martin would have all the answers when it comes to love—after all, her grandmother is the famous syndicated advice columnist Miss Swoon.
Polly is forced to face her feelings and figure out if she can be in love—and still be herself. Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Swoon at Your Own Risk , please sign up.
How worried should I be? See 1 question about Swoon at Your Own Risk…. Lists with This Book. Mar 01, Kristy rated it it was ok. I can definitely see a lot of people liking this one, teenage girls in particular. I think I would have gobbled this up and absolutely loved it back when I was in high-school. It was an okay read, I felt it a little long for it's genre. It's predictable, but has some really fun moments. Polly is having quite the year with bad relationships It explains the cover of the book and you guessed it, he is her superior. She's dog-sitting one of her exes pooches.
She's knocking her best-friend Janes new guy. She turns anything serious into a joke. But with a new love interest even though she has sworn off guys , an out-of-the-picture dad, a mom juggling 2 jobs, and a best friend who is getting tired of her clown act Eh, if you're into girly-young-books, it's decent. Pretty good for a summer read. Completely YA age appropriate, no sex scenes. Have you ever had to stay in wet denim for long???
Trust me, it's not a pleasant experience!
She seemed to drag the other characters along through HER story, and mentally bashed their decision. If she's not there, she'll begin eighth grade as a social reject. During the summer Polly must face her feeling and figure out if she can be in love and still be herself. I could possibly understand Polly 'dating' a handful of guys durning a single school year, but having them all be her 'boyfriends' I really liked all the characters. I also found myself relating to her in the issues she has with distant father because the same thing has happened to me and my father over the years as it is now happening to her.
Sep 26, Kate McMurry rated it really liked it Shelves: Fun, breezy, chick lit novel After five failed romances in the past year, Polly Martin has sworn off boys, but it's a difficult vow to keep. She runs into ex boyfriends everywhere she goes and, on some level, she's still attracted to every one of them. Worse, she also seems to constantly encounter Xander Cooper, a skateboarder she's known for years who's suddenly gotten uncomfortably good looking. He spends a lot of time at Wild Waves, a Western-themed water park where she's working for the summe Fun, breezy, chick lit novel After five failed romances in the past year, Polly Martin has sworn off boys, but it's a difficult vow to keep.
He spends a lot of time at Wild Waves, a Western-themed water park where she's working for the summer. As if life weren't complicated enough with her boy problems, Polly has to move into her little sister's room so her grandmother can stay in hers when she comes for a long visit. Normally, Polly would be delighted to see Grandma, who writes an advice column for the lovelorn called Miss Swoon--Polly could certainly use some guidance.
But Grandma has suddenly gone man-crazy, and is doing anything but following her own sound advice. This book is enjoyable chick lit that is often very funny. Polly's wry observations about her job, her ex boyfriends, her family, and life in general are a hoot but, at the same time, the book conveys an important, underlying message.
Polly has spent her teen years twisting herself into a pretzel to go along with whatever passions her boyfriend of the moment is pursuing. Over the course of the book, she begins to learn who she is as a person and what she truly wants, outside of the needs and desires of some guy who treats her like a convenient toady to his goals. Jan 21, Peace Love and Reviews rated it really liked it. Since this is an ARC, I decided not to say anything about the plot but to just reflect on what I read: I absolutely love this book.
The first two chapters wasn't all that and I got worried that I might give this a low rating but then grandma shows up, and then Polly she started enumerating her pathetic attempt into finding herslef in dating the wrong guys, and then another situation and then another and the next thing I know, I am reading quite profuse Since this is an ARC, I decided not to say anything about the plot but to just reflect on what I read: The first two chapters wasn't all that and I got worried that I might give this a low rating but then grandma shows up, and then Polly she started enumerating her pathetic attempt into finding herslef in dating the wrong guys, and then another situation and then another and the next thing I know, I am reading quite profusely.
It is not gag inducing sickly sweet and corny. No not at all. Do not let the title fool you. Despite Polly's poor relationship choices and flaws, I adore her. I like how she uses all the big words making all of her ex-ex-ex-ex-ex's really look dumb and insignificant. She have a lot of spirit despite the daddy issues, a barely there mom and a sexagenarian for a grandma who writes love advice.
Polly reminds me of some part of me growing up, she find it hard to open up about her feelings shoot I still do , finds it hard to say no to people and forgets the presence a best friend when a new boyfriend comes around guilty! Her wit and sacrasm is a very cackling combination. The secondary characters are a hoot too. Sonnet and her gossip blog about current hook ups and break ups which mostly got mentions of Polly's name.
Grandma Swoon who flirts and acts like a teenager. And oh my gosh, Xander Cooper, his mysterious skater boy demeanor is just too perfect as a YA fictional boyfriend. Oh and the tension between him and Polly, too cute and innocent. Watch out for laugh out loud moments, unforgettable memories and scenes that will make you swoon. Jul 12, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Swoon At Your Own Risk is beyond cute. After I started it I couldn't put it down. I had to keep reading it and I finished in a very short amount of time, something I haven't been doing a lot of lately.
I juust had to put everything aside and read. She made me laugh so much but that wasn't the only side to her. She was scared and vulnerable and it led to her making a lot of bad choices when it came to guys. She was trying to change her ways but then Xander came into the picture and screwed all that up. He was so sweet and funny.
I want a guy like him. Of course, there were some other characters but they didn't really stand out to me. I didn't understand Polly's friendship with Jane and I didn't actually like Jane. I much preferred Sonnet and her blog posts. Those might have been the best part of the book. There wasn't a whole lot going on with the plot but there was enough to keep me entertained and that's all that mattered.
It was cute and funny but there was some serious stuff thrown in to change it up a bit. I can't recommend it enough. Feb 16, Shanyn Chick Loves Lit added it. I expected to connect with the main character Polly , because the story is based solely on her - no flipping view points or other plots. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Yes, the characters had their good moments - Polly's mom often had me laughing out loud, in fact.
But I didn't feel that pull for Polly - I wanted things to go well for her but I didn't feel connected to her, at all. It's a fun story, but I generally like to be rooting for one of the characters or at least like them a whole I expected to connect with the main character Polly , because the story is based solely on her - no flipping view points or other plots. It's a fun story, but I generally like to be rooting for one of the characters or at least like them a whole bunch - Polly is fine, but does nothing too outstanding and didn't really make me want to read any other stories about her.
Oh, and can I just say - there are fun little "entries" at the end of the chapters Sometimes there are other "entries" besides those newspaper columns and it took me several chapters to understand who "XC" was. Then I felt like an idiot. You'll understand what I mean if you give this book a go. Looking for a cute, fluffy read?
Aug 23, Holly rated it really liked it Shelves: This took me longer to finish than I wanted. I'd been plowing through books and then I hit this one and skidded to a stop. It just took me too long to get into. Polly has sworn off guys. They're all idiots who are obsessed with stupid things like cars, talking, hiking, and student government.
She's planning on staying away from them It gets a little more complicated. I liked the advice strewn throughout the novel and some of the fake questions for Miss Swoon that This took me longer to finish than I wanted. I liked the advice strewn throughout the novel and some of the fake questions for Miss Swoon that came up and I liked Xander's poetry.
He's a sweet guy. That was all cool. Polly actually got on my nerves a little. She was just so wishy-washy about some things and she just didn't open up to anyone, no matter how much she complained about people not being there for her. That's why it took so long to finish it: I had to put up with her attitude.
When Xander truly entered the novel, it got better. Apr 08, Gaby rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Ex 3 es bueno besando….. Es por eso que decide no tener mas chicos, concentrarse en su trabajo, ganar dinero para intentar ir a la universidad, y volver a juntarse con su mejor amiga. Es una historia en donde Polly no solo madura en cuanto al amor, sino sobre el divorcio de sus padres, el sentimiento de abandono como consecuencia, los problemas financieros y las responsabilidades que implica haber salido con tantos chicos.
Es dulce, responsable, sexy, inteligente. Y por si no fuera suficiente, escribe poemas.
Swoon que no puede evitar coquetear con cualquier hombre. Aparte, me gusto mucho el hecho que toda la historia esta complementada con los consejos de la abuela en su columna de Srta. No sabia que esperar de este libro, pues es primera vez que leo a esta autora. Mar 31, Rachael rated it it was amazing. After a year of boy craziness and subsequent heartbreak, Polly Martin swears off boys for the summer. That should make a boy-free life for Polly easier—right?
This novel is so appealing in that it combines the serious and the more ridiculous sides of life into a meaningful bundle of fun. Salter is incredibly successful at balancing humor with the more difficult parts of everyday life, creating a relevant and delectable read in Swoon at Your Own Risk.
I look forward to more fun reading from Salter. Mar 19, Katy rated it it was ok. At first, I couldn't stand Polly. She was self-centered and bugged the crap out of me. I hated how her world revolved around guys - and I'm not talking about the I have a guy, I'm going to lose myself in him - which she did also. I'm talking about not being able to think about anything but how hot the boy is and how she wants to make out with him.
You're acting like a sex-crazed 14 year old bo 2. You're acting like a sex-crazed 14 year old boy! But the book ended up surprising me as I learned to like Polly a little more - just a little more but at least it's something. I find out why Polly is the way she is, but still doesn't give her a good excuse to act like a total bitch. I can't put my finger on it, but Xander crosses that grey, undefined line just a little bit.
Still not a bad read after I got through about the first third of the book - and just a warning, it's really LONG for your typical light, fun read.. Try and lick your elbow. May 04, Angel Rodriguez rated it it was amazing. I loved it and kinda envyish of polly i want all her ex bfs lol, but i love the way to book is written. Jan 17, Faith rated it liked it Shelves: My rating is somewhere between 2 and 3 stars I couldn't decide after about 10 minutes of mental debate so I went with three and settled on a range for my official rating. I read this a few years ago as a borrowed book from the library, and then ended up the owner of it when a friend left her wet beach towel on it and we had to buy it from the library.
I probably never would've bought it otherwise The story had an interesting concept-if not a somewhat improbable concept. Polly has had five br My rating is somewhere between 2 and 3 stars Polly has had five breakups over her junior year, all of which have contributed to her summer and forever outlook: She has sworn off dating completely.
Unfortunately, she scored a job with ex number three when they were happily together, and now she needs the money-despite constant clashes with her manager. Adding to her boy struggles, mysterious neighbor boy Xander Cooper seems to show up everywhere for Polly. Her street, her job, and her thoughts-much to her disbelief.
As she finds herself spending more time with him, she finds her feelings getting confused and her promise to herself becoming a punishment.
Overall, I thought it was interesting, but I thought Polly was whiny and self-centered through almost the entire story. She didn't really seem to develop out of it until the last two chapters. She seemed to drag the other characters along through HER story, and mentally bashed their decision. She had problems with her dad along with everything else, and she didn't seem to know where she wanted to stand with him.
I understand that problems with absent parents are confusing for the children, but Polly seemed to be using her situation for attention more than anything Story was good, character development left something to be desired for me, but the writing was my least favorite part. There was a lot of unnecessary things added in, maybe an attempt to be funny, but it turned me off.
Polly used humor to get out of every hard situation in her life, even when it was just narration. Little sarcastic quips every now and then are ok, but the amount that were written for her was above my limit. I struggled with the writing style of this book the whole time I was reading it. However, Polly's personality and the writing aside, I thought it was an alright read. I finished it in a day, which hasn't happened in a long time. Granted, I only reread it because I can't go to the library until tomorrow, and I sped through because we lost our internet for a couple hours It was a light read, with some very predictable twists.
If you can get past the main character, and enjoy light fluffy stories, this is a nice, quick read for you. I'm sorry if you take it that way. Instead of making Polly's dad apologize for his actions like I would've liked him too, he was reduced to a man struggling with his business, a divorced couple cliche in my opinion.
To me, it seemed like an easy way out with the dad, as if Salter didn't know where she wanted to go with him so she just dropped it. However, this was minor and didn't really change much of my opinion. However, I don't want to change it because it is what I thought immediately after finishing the book. It's honest, and I didn't mean it to come out as rude as it sounds, but unfortunately that's what happened.
I'm sorry if this style offended you, I try to avoid writing reviews like this but sometimes they happen. Nov 28, Shannon rated it it was ok Shelves: I thought I would like this a lot more than I did. The idea of this girl working at a Wild West themed waterpark seemed ridiculously amazing to me. Who wouldn't want to read something so odd?