Title: Never Cry Werewolf
Author: Heather Davis
Release Date: September 1, 2009
Genre: Teen, Fantasy
Rating: 3 out of 5
From the publisher’s website:
Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately (how was she supposed to know Wes had “borrowed” that Porsche?). But her stepmother totally overreacts when she catches Shelby in a post-curfew kiss with a hot senior: Suddenly Shelby’s summer plans are on the shelf, and she’s being packed off to brat camp. It’s good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.
Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. Shelby knows that she really shouldn’t be getting tangled up with another bad boy . . . but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good-looking one? One thing’s for sure: That pesky full moon is about to get her into trouble all over again.
I received Never Cry Werewolf as a surprise from the publisher and tossed it aside because I didn’t think I was going to get around to it soon. However, when I was rooting around for a light, easy read, this book immediately came to mind. I figured it would be a fun read, and I was definitely right – Never Cry Werewolf was the right book for my mood.
Never Cry Werewolf is the latest teen novel to add to the vampire/werewolf craze that has been taking over the past few years. This book was complete fluff, but not necessarily in a bad way. If you’re looking for deep relationships or self-reflection, this probably isn’t the book for you. But if, like me, you are in the mood for some brain candy, something that’s fun to read, you’ll probably like this.
Unfortunately, fun is all that Never Cry Werewolf really is. It’s not very realistic – and that’s not even taking into account the whole werewolf aspect. There are a lot of plot holes and a lot of unanswered questions. I had trouble sympathizing with the main character and couldn’t understand her motivations. A lot of times, I asked myself why the main character was doing what she was doing and could come up with no answer beyond “it makes the plot move forward.” If you’re looking for high quality, well-written and engaging teen fiction, I’d probably pass this one over.
However, if you’re looking for something that will keep you entertained and aren’t in the mood to analyze a plot (or you really like werewolves), you will probably enjoy Never Cry Werewolf. I am likely not the target audience for this book, so teens who are looking for gossipy novels with a little bit of danger will probably love it.