Saturday, 31 October 2015
Beach Blondes & Spring Fling -review
After I finished reading Beach Blondes I realized there were more books in the series, so I picked up 'Tan Lines' which is about the second summer, but as I started reading the book, it kept referring to things that had happened over Spring Break. I realized I had the 'Spring Break' book, so I checked it out. Here's where I started getting confused. According to the publishing dates, the order is:
1. Beach Blondes (1995)
2. Tan Lines (1996)
3. Spring Break (1996)
4. Sun-Kissed Christmas (2010)
I don't have the Christmas book, but the Spring Break book refers to things that happened over Christmas, so I assume she decided to go back later & write those books to fill in what had happened.
When I was reading Spring Break there were several pop-culture references that didn't line up with the publishing dates. The book was first published in 1996, then re-published in 2010. They listed several bands which had not formed yet in 1996, & they referred to Heath Ledger having died. What I don't understand is why the author felt the need to try to update some of these notes in the book. The new bands & references didn't mesh well with the other things happening in the book, & it made me not enjoy it as much. True, the book itself never states what year it is, but usually a publishing date will let you know that the book is written about that year or earlier. I probably would have enjoyed these books better if I read them before they were re-published & had things changed.