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Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph

Sunday, January 2, 2011
High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out -- doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T -- and to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest -- and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize -- Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare....

I liked reading about the main character Teresa coming out of her shell. I was a bit peeved at how she came out of her shell; she gets an open slot at her stepdad's music station by her relations. The stepdad basically goes 'Just turn up on this day and see what it's like.' after an argument erupts with Tere and her mum. I should mention that her love and knowledge of music (which she declared to her stepdad and mom and is clear to us) made her a perfect candidate but still, no interview and she got the job?!

Other than this annoyance, the development of Teresa was enjoyable to read. She has to deal with an English class oral presentation, bullying, a discouraging mother (who tries to make her something she's not) and hiding her radio identity from her secret crush Gavin, while also becoming closer to him.

The radio station setting was unique and insight into the radio business made the books' cliches not too bad. A bunch of characters made the book the opposite of dull for example DJ Derek from the station who manages to make any situation strangely uncomfortable and front desk receptionist Pop Tart/Kelly who is much more than her outward appearance.

The last half of the book was pretty much predictable when a contest is held for a local aspiring songwriter/singer to take Sweet T to her prom - I was just waiting for my predications to happen. Nevertheless, it was still exciting to read when the event unfolded. Shrinking Violet was a cute and fast happy-ending read.