Saturday, August 1, 2009

One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin


Anything is possible. . . .

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?


After reading C.K. Kelly Martin's fantastic first novel, I Know It's Over, I was a bit weary to see how this one would compare to that amazing and heartbreaking tale. Luckily, by the end of the first chapter, I was already addicted to One Lonely Degree. Leaving me to think only one thought: C.K. Kelly Martin never writes a bad book!

Finn was a character that was easy to love. I was constantly cheering for her to overcome what had happened the previous year and to work out the situation between between her and her dad. Plus, I loved how she just an "ordinary girl" who was self conscious about herself, because I , and I'm sure many other teens out there, can relate to that piece of her. I also admired her friendship with Audrey because it was interesting to see their never ending bond that seems like it can never be broken. Though, in the book it kind of did, but you'll have to read One Lonely Degree to find out for yourself. Jersey was also totally dream worthy and someone who was fun to read about.

The plot was close to flawless and flowed extremely well with C.K. awesome writing. I loved how the tale of what happened at the party last Fall to Fin went to was told slowly, one tiny detail at a time. Since, it made for a fast paced novel. Also, it was interesting to see the whole problems between Fin's patents measure over time and how Fin's relationship with Jersey got even more complicated every day.

Unfortunately, the one thing that brought One Lonely Degree a grade down the predictably it showed at time, but the ending, which I thought fit the novel extremely well, mostly made up for it.

Overall, C.K.'s sophomore attempt definitely doesn't disappoint, I can't wait to read her future novels!

Grade: B+

One Lonely Degree is now out!

* Much thanks goes to EP at Random House and C.K. Kelly Martin for sending out a copy of One Lonely Degree! :)


  1. Sounds like an awesome book! I'll check it out soon!

  2. It sounds interesting. I find the title attractive. And I really liked this description of Jersy "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." It sounds like irresistible trouble. I may read the book just based on that one phrase. XD

    Anyway, so far, I'm intrigued.

  3. I enjoyed some of this book, but over all, her books are just too freaking sad for me.


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