Kirkus Reviews QR Code
VIBES by Amy Kathleen Ryan

VIBES

By Amy Kathleen Ryan

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 6th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-618-99530-1

Psychic Kristi learns that people aren’t always the sum of their thoughts. With her ability to read minds, love of opera and funky homemade clothes, Kristi has more or less embraced her role on the social fringes of her bohemian high school. The only thing that deeply bothers her is the fact that her crush, who also happens to be her ex-best friend’s brother, thinks the word “sick” every time he looks at her. To complicate things further, Kristi’s father left two years ago and she’s just starting to get used to life without him when he shows up, back from a stint working as a doctor in Africa. Kristi is a self-proclaimed “bitch” who has no qualms about putting people in their place if she thinks they deserve it, but readers can’t help but admire her honesty and raw emotion. The many plotlines wear thin in places as the author juggles eating disorders, body image, self-improvement, romance, strained family relations, coming out and changing friendships. Readers will probably ignore this in favor of the snappy dialogue and ultimately happy ending. (Fiction. YA)