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Sassy Cyd Charisse returns in Shrimp, the “compelling…and light-hearted” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) sequel to the sharp and funny novel Gingerbread.
If Cyd Charisse knows one thing, it’s that Shrimp is her true love. Shrimp, the hottest pint-size surfer-artist in San Francisco. That boy (as her mother called him), who was the primary cause of Cyd being grounded to Alcatraz, formerly known as her room. The boy who dumped Cyd before she left home to spend the summer in New York City.
Now it’s the start of senior year. Cyd has changed, but maybe Shrimp has changed too—and maybe Cyd and Shrimp will need to get to know each other all over again to figure out if it’s for real. Can Cyd get back together with Shrimp and keep the peace with her mom? And can she get a life outside of her all-encompassing boy radar?
This sequel to Gingerbread has all the sharp humor and searing attitude of the original, which ELLEgirl praised as “not just Another Teen Novel” and Teen People called “unforgettable.” In Shrimp, Cyd might be a little older and a little wiser, but she’s still the same irrepressible free spirit determined to find her own way in the world, on her own terms.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the first book, Gingerbread. Cyd Charisse has decided to change her name to CC, as her older brother Danny dubbed her in New York. This entire book focuses on CC growing up, and learning to make friends, and how to love Shrimp in a true love kind of way, and not an obsessive, clingy kind of way. She actual ends up befriending her enemy Autumn, who Shrimp had a hook up (but not all the way) with. I liked how CC matured in this book, but the drama became a little much for me. Danny visits CC in San Fran, and she travels back to New York with him for a short visit. I will be reading book 3, Cupcake, to see what happens next though. If you read Gingerbread and want to know what happens in Cyd Charisse’s life as she enters her senior year, definitely check this book out. Overall I felt the book was just meh.