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One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin

One Lonely Degree

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One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin


Do you ever get that feeling that the author has just followed a formula when they wrote the book? That’s what it felt like with One Lonely Degree.

The formula for YA contemporary Romance:
√  Love Triangle
√  Parent’s marriage on the rocks
  Fall for best friend’s boyfriend

Just throw in a little pressure, such as bullying/sexual harassment and you’ve got a winner…

A disappointing, mediocre read. I would like to describe it as light reading, but light reading implies fun which it just didn’t live up to.3 Star

Recommended age 13 +


I am often asked why I rated ‘One Lonely Degree’ 3 stars if I didn’t like it. Find out why below…

Spoiler Alert!

At one point in the story Finn finds herself in a situation ( a situation that no girl should find herself in, but unfortunately many of us do) where her ‘no!’ is ignored. The author is brave to tackle this subject, but I am glad she did and I will continue to suggest this book to readers for this reason. Finn deals with the boy in a unique and clever, if involuntary, way. I wish I had thought of that when I faced a similar situation.


One Lonely Degree
Author:  C.K. Kelly MartinOne Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin
Publication Date: 26 May 2009
Publisher: Random House
Source: Purchased

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Finn has always felt out of place, but suddenly her world is unraveling. It started with The Party. And Adam Porter. And the night in September that changed everything. The only person who knows about that night is Audrey—Finn’s best friend, her witness to everything, and the one person Finn trusts implicitly. So when Finn’s childhood friend Jersy moves back to town—reckless, beautiful Jersy, all lips and eyes and hair so soft you’d want to dip your fingers into it if you weren’t careful—Finn gives her blessing for Audrey to date him. How could she possibly say no to Audrey? With Audrey gone for the summer, though, Finn finds herself spending more and more time with Jersy, and for the first time in her life, something feels right. But Finn can’t be the girl who does this to her best friend…can she?   
Extract from Goodreads.com

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