VOYA - Laurie Cavanough
"These hi-lo stories of freshman-year romances, parties, shopping, and dating will feed middle school girls’ fantasies about how much fun high school will be: how charming the boys, how best buds will develop into cute boyfriends, and how said boyfriends will have cars, play in bands, and be stars of the football team, even though they are only freshmen or sophomores. Narrating alternating chapters, main characters, Claudia and Monica, may be familiar to some from the author’s earlier books about the two friends in middle school. Now in their first year of high school together, Claudia and Monica’s friendship is tested in the usual ways—new friends, blossoming romances, the siren call of the popular crowd—but it is never long before they are BFFs again.
These short, squeaky-clean, undemanding school stories may engage reluctant female readers or appeal to more advanced readers who will whip right through them. (Covers dotted with hearts ensure that no middle school boy will pick these up, reluctant reader or not.) Claudia and Monica’s interests center around their boyfriends and their interests, with their own friendship taking a backseat, though perhaps only temporarily. Although covers of the earlier books depict Claudia as Hispanic and Monica as African-American, the race or ethnicity of any of the characters is not mentioned in this pleasant but unexciting new series. This is an unobjectionable addition to any middle school or even elementary school library." - VOYA
August 1, 2012