Review: Swoon at Your Own Risk by Sydney Salter

Title: Swoon at Your Own Risk
Author: Sydney Salter
Publisher: Graphia
Pages: 368
Genre: YA
Keywords: Friendship, Dating, Love, Identity
Description (from GoodReads):
It’s the summer before senior year and Polly Martin has sworn off boys. Who needs the hurt and confusion? Five recent breakups have left her with an unnatural knowledge of NASCAR, the ultimate hiker’s outfit, a student council position, the sixth highest score on the Donkey Kong machine at the mall, and a summer job at Wild Waves with ex #2 Sawyer Holmes.

Success seems a sure thing when Polly’s grandmother, the syndicated advice columnist, Miss Swoon, moves in for the summer. Polly almost doesn’t mind sharing a room with her little sister, Grace. Think of all the great advice she’ll get!
Everything is going according to plan except… Miss Swoon turns out to be a man-crazy septuagenarian! And then there’s Xander Cooper. If only he wouldn’t keep showing up at Wild Waves with his adorable cousins every afternoon — and what is he writing in that little notebook?
No advice column in the world can prepare Polly for the lessons she learns when she goes on a group camping trip (with three too many ex-boyfriends). Polly is forced to see people for who they are — a blend of good and bad qualities that can’t be reduced to a list or a snappy answer in a Miss Swoon column.
SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK is a perfect warm weather read, filled with cute boys and a feisty heroine.

I wasn’t sure if I would really connect with or like Polly, but I was a bit attached to her by the end of the novel. She was spunky, sarcastic, and witty! She begins the novel confused and prickly, but she really grows throughout the novel. She reminds me, in ways, of Veronica Mars: tough as nails, but really just a marshmallow on the inside.

I’m all for fluffy beach reads, so characterizing Swoon as such wouldn’t really be insulting in my mind, but I must say that this novel is on a higher level than most beach reads. It has the cute boys and predictable love story, but Polly has more depth than many female leads in fluffy novels. The fact that Polly’s main issue was  the fear of being without at boyfriend and that she was constantly adopting the hobby of her current beau was extremely realistic – which made it even funnier and Polly all the more easy to relate to.

And oh my gosh: Xander. He was so unbelievably adorable. It was definitely obvious from the beginning of the novel that Xander is the perfect guy for Polly but in her confused and boy phobic state there would be a bit of a journey to her realization of this fact. I loved the tension and buildup to this point. Xander definitely joins the ranks of my favorite book boys! (Yay!)

I will definitely be reading MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS, Salter’s debut novel, sometime soon! I think I’ve found a new author to add to my favorites.

Grade: A+

Cover Comments:
I think that the cover is really cute; I like that the girl is cautiously testing the water. I don’t really like the guy in the background though…. It just looks awkward to me. I don’t know what would be better there, but it doesn’t mesh for me.


33 thoughts on “Review: Swoon at Your Own Risk by Sydney Salter

  1. Wow wonderful review! It definitely sounds like my type of book. I read My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters by her and really liked it 🙂

  2. Wow I never noticed the guy in the background, and it really does look awkward. :\ I think it could just have been left blank.This looks like a fun read! 🙂

  3. I love summer fluffy beach reads so this sounds great for me!I agree with your opinion on the cover. The guy in the backround is off. Is like two different covers mixed together.Great review! 😉

  4. I agree with you about the cover, I like the girl but the boy looks out of place. I actually thought he was a dolphin/other form of sea creature at first! The book itself sounds like a good summer read, thanks for the great review.

  5. Great review! I really like these summer histories, they're really nice. I agree wuth the cover, it's cute but that boy is kind of weird LOL hahahamartina_comes(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. I do agree with you about the cover-so cute! And I so want to read this book now,especially after your review! Spunkier female protagonists with many layers to their characters are so appealing!

  7. That sounded really cute and funny. The situation of having to go camping with three of her exes? Lol. This was a really good review and has made me really want to read the book.

  8. Hah I agree completely with what you said abut the cover. I think it's gorgeous but I don't really like that awkward guy swimming in the back.And wow this one got an amazing review! I loved how you summed up her character.

  9. Fantastic review! I love my heroines sarcastic and witty, though I usually read adult books, I'm realyl curious to see how I'll like a YA heroine :-)Don't you just love those kind of books which scream summer read? Even the cover of this one makes you feel the sunshine 😀

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