Sweep (Books 1-3), by Cate Tiernan
In middle school, I struggled to balance my identity as a smart, level-headed, “not your typical teenage girl” with…well, being an emotional, hormonal teenage girl. It was with a frisson of rebelliousness that I read books that delved into the torrential emotions of teenage romance without a hint of intellectualism. What a guilty pleasure, to angst over popularity, looking pretty, and falling in love! Books where the most detailed descriptions were of hair (Protagonist: medium-length, brown, stick-straight or uncontrollably curly. Protagonist’s best friend and/or enemy: Long and glossy). These things were not the most important, but they were real elements of my life. My mom made sure I admitted that such books weren’t well-written or substantively complex, and then let me enjoy them anyway.
So that’s the kind of book Sweep is, and it’s a decent addition to the genre. Plain, big-nosed, quiet, smart Morgan leads an uneventful small-town life until one day, the mysterious, devastatingly handsome Cal transfers to her school. Turns out he’s a witch, and Morgan learns that she is too – in fact, perhaps the most powerful witch, like, ever. Morgan falls in love with Wicca and with the boy; she wrestles with her past and her future, and drama and intrigue abound. A quick, fluffy read.
The 213 in 2013 series chronicles every book I read in 2013. Each review contains exactly 213 words, because 2013 words is too long and 2013 characters is too dang short.