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THE SILENT SWAN by Lex Keating

Once upon a time – better known as “now” - Gabriel Pritz reigns as king of his high school. Easy grades, perfect baseball season, a pretty date for prom—he's coasting into a golden future. Until his parents demand he cook dinner once a week. Caught between kitchen fires and ballpark withdrawal, Gabe is thrown into Tam Swann's orbit. Hostile, friendless, and stubborn, she's exactly the sort of person he'd prefer to avoid.

Tam's sphere of influence expands beyond Gabe's sad domestic skills, rapidly invading everything from his favorite game to parts of his soul he didn't know existed. It's uncomfortable, it's hard work, it's...making him a better man. And that's just what she does to people she doesn't like. The better he gets to know her, the more he has to face the truth: this sharp, heart-breaking outcast is worth fighting for. How many families, fairy tales, and felons will he go through to ride to the rescue of the bravest person he's ever met?



Paperback, 422 pages
Published August 26th 2013 by AltWit Press 
 
First line:
"Gabe Pritz drove through the Callahan High parking lot without waving at any of his friends."

Maybe someone will enjoy this book. I didn't and I tried, I really did. I liked the Swan clan. I liked how they stuck together and loved each other. Tam is their big sister and really looks after them even though they are in different foster homes. Tam is smart and working on bringing the family together again once she's of age. Her dad was a famous baseball person and very respected.
Gabe is a popular jock (I think I read about that in one chapter?) who begs Tam to help him cook. Gabe falls for Tam, hard. Tam? She doesn't care.
And there you have it. That's what I got out of the story. I couldn't follow the story sometimes, either. If you like baseball, you might like this story.


Rating: PG 16
L: No
V: No
S: No


Liked:
Tam Swan and her siblings

Disliked:
Gabe
Meandering storyline

2 STARS

Thanks, netgalley

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