Series: Books #1 and #2
Source: Book #1- The Library
Book #2- Won from FirstReads on GoodReads!
Jane, Natalya, and Victoria- dubbed The Darlings by Jane's Nana- have been best friends for years. Now though, in their first year of high school, they are being separate for the first time. Jane will be attending the Academy of the Performing Arts, where she will meet the most attractive guy ever... it's just too bad he's her teacher. Natalya has a full scholarship to Gainsford, an elite private school where 99% of the students own designer-everything. Victoria is just going Morningside, the same school her oh-so-perfect sister Emily went to. Her real problem is that her father is running for Senate and it seems everyone knows her name. Together, the Darlings will have to make it through the first few months of high school without falling apart.
The Darlings are Forever feels like a grown up version of The Beacon Street Girls (anyone else read those when they were younger?) and a slightly younger version of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The friendship has so much heart and warmth. Each of the girls grow as their first year of high school progresses, and the problems that arise are realistic, if a little trite. Much of the plot line was predictable, but Darlings is perfect for anyone looking for a light, fun read.
The Darlings in Love flawlessly continues the Darlings' first adventures of high school, but now there's even more boy drama! Jane, out of all the girls, really came into her own in this one and I found that she was really easy to relate to. (And as for her boy dilemma, I just wanted to tell her it's okay, I've been there!) All of the Darlings make mistakes, but they all end up learning from them in a way that isn't too adolescent.
Both of the Books: Kantor does a fantastic job creating true-to-life characters, supporting characters included! My favorite character is Nana, because while she may not be alive in the books, her life is interwoven with the Darlings. (And, I admit, she also reminds me a little of my own grandmother.) The setting of both books is New York City, which is always a plus in my book! And one last note: These books will make you crave a virgin pina coloda!
*4 stars*Other Books by this Author: Confessions of a Not It Girl; If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?; The Breakup Bible; Girlfriend Material