Author: Karly Kirkpatrick
Published by: Darkside Publishing
Publication Date: January 12, 2012
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.