The Green by Karly Kirkpatrick

Posted March 10, 2012 | 17 Comments

The Green by Karly KirkpatrickThe Green
Author: Karly Kirkpatrick
Published by: Darkside Publishing
Publication Date: January 12, 2012
Format: eBook
Pages: 169
Source: Author

How far would you go to save your dream?

Seventeen-year-old Ariceli Pisa is a senior at the prestigious Cambridge High School and has her sights set on Northwestern University. She's a cheerleader, a member of the National Honor Society...and a drug dealer. That's not the only secret she has to keep from her best friend Naomi--she’s also madly in love with Naomi’s ex-boyfriend, James Bartlett. Trying to balance her life at Cambridge High with her new demanding job keeps her teetering on the edge of disaster.

This is the second book by Kirkpatrick that I’ve read, and she is now two for two.  There is something about her writing style that I love. Plus, she knows how to make an opening with her books, she hooks you from the first page.

The Green begins with Ari’s college resume, which all seems normal for a seventeen year old.  That is, until you get to the work experience section.  Oh, our little straight A, cheerleading, college bound girl is a drug dealer.  That’s right, she sells weed.  Before you judge, hear her out, because Ari has quite a tale to share.

Ari, is basically every parents dream. She’s an honor student, a cheerleader, works on the school paper, and is part of the French club, just to name a few things.  Her mother sacrificed a lot to get Ari out of the city and into one of the best schools in the suburbs of Chicago.  She doesn’t realize how much until her low-life brother skips town, leaving them high and dry.  Ari has to pick-up the slack or they’ll be forced to move back to the city, shattering her dreams of getting into a great college.  I really enjoyed Ari’s wit.  I loved her attitude and her determination. She’s seventeen, so of course she makes mistakes, but the big question is: can she learn from them? And at what cost?

There were some other characters I liked too.  James was a total sweetie, and I enjoyed watching him and Ari flirt.  Ari’s best friend, Naomi, was annoying sometimes, but I did like the girl. The fact that Naomi and James dated didn’t make things easy on Ari.  This isn’t a girl-girl-guy love triangle or anything, it’s just… complicated.  And don’t even get me started on Javier, Ari’s brother. *insert mean face here*

I absolutely recommend The Green.  It’s fun, it’s quick, and it’s unfortunately something I could actually see happening. The book is YA, but there is strong language and drug references, obviously.

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17 responses to “The Green by Karly Kirkpatrick

  1. Sam

    This sounds so amazing! Where do you find all these great books, Christy? 😀 I love how different it sounds to the ususal YA and I'm interested in finding out more about Ari.

    Thank you for giving away copies! 🙂

  2. Wow you certainly don't run across bolks verynoften if ever with a model student/ drug dealer as the protagonist. Sounds like a book that is outside of the box. Thanks for the giveaway chance Christy!

  3. Hmm sorry need to answer the queations would I date my best freinds ex, porbably not unless Inwanted to be minus a best friend. The worst job ever well probably weeding my moms flower beds all summer rates right up there!

  4. No ex's. I have all the gritty details of the relationship they had with my friend. If she wasn't happy, I knew why and wouldn't be in her situation either.

  5. I would have to find out how my friend felt about it, but chances are, if my friend did not work with him, I probably would not either.

    My best job outside the home is my current job as a teacher. I love working with my students. My best all-time job is being a mom to my kids!!

  6. The Green sounds fantastic! I haven't heard of this one before, totally checking it out. As for the questions, I don't think i could ever date my best friends ex.. unless they weren't my friend anymore, but even then I'd have a major conscience problem. Who knows until you're in that situation though – love is a crazy thing :/

    Thanks for putting this book on my radar 😀

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  7. Chenise J.

    I think it depends on how serious the relationship was and how long after they broke up.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Not enteringthe giveaway, but commenting anyway. I probably wouldn't date a best friend's ex, unless they said they didn't mind it. How does French manga sound dirty? *doesn't understand* The inside of them is pretty much the same, but the writing's all in French. Enjoy your weekend!

  9. I've had some pretty bad jobs…but working retail in a very small, expensive store was probably the worst. I worked there at the height of the recession, and literally nothing in this store was under a hundred dollars, so sometimes we'd go the entire day without making a sale…and the boss/owner was NOT happy.

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