Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Candid by Michelle Pennington
Life is simple for high school senior, Sienna Whitfield. With a few good friends, a camera, and a dream, she has everything she needs to be happy. But when Jordan Rubio, the most popular girl at Haskins High, makes her mad, she decides to use the power of photography to right a few social wrongs. As if that doesn’t cause enough drama in her life, she realizes she’s falling for the new guy, Lee Franklin. Strong and protective, he’s just what she needs to survive the craziness she’s stirred up at school. If only she didn’t have to keep her feelings for Lee a secret from her mom…
Sienna is a normal high school student, just beginning her job for the school taking pictures of the sports teams at school. Her mother is pretty strict on her dating in high school, and just so happens to be a teacher at her school. Every part of Sienna's life is looked at for approval by her mother. But when Lee, a new student at school shows up her world is turned upside down.
Sienna runs a photography blog, in which she posts pictures from her daily life at school and sometimes of the sports teams. After posting some attractive photos of some of the sports students at school her blog gets really popular fast. And in my opinion she kind of lets that go to her head. She says that she is using it for good,to help the lesser known students at school get some attention.
There were a couple of things that I didn't love about the story. The relationship between Sienna and her mother was hard, but understandable. The relationship Sienna had with her blog was a little overwhelming to the story, but still understandable for me who also runs a blog.
The thing that did not feel balanced was Sienna's relationship with Lee. It was very one sided and I could not see what Lee saw in her. He was of course the hottest guy in school. None of Sienna's friends tried to hit on him, even when she pretended not to have any interest (unbelievable) And even after finishing the story I feel that I never really got to learn much about him or why he was so intended on only being with Sienna, even when Sienna was being selfish and uncaring. When trying to get into Sienna's head to see why exactly she felt that way, I couldn't quite see where she was coming from, I felt a little detached emotionally from Sienna's and Lee's "romance"
I think that the story has more to say about the relationship between Sienna and her mother, than the high school sweet-heart Lee. The evolution for the reader learning about why Sienna's mother was so hard on her. And how Sienna had to learn to build trust and freedom from her mother seemed to be more of the basic focus of the plot to the story, using Lee as a guidance to build up the emotions between Sienna and her mother more than it built upon the story of Lee and Sienna.