ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED :: 2005
PUBLISHER :: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
AUTHOR :: RACHEL COHN
PAPERBACK :: 352 pages
GENRE :: YA FICTION
RATING :: 🍤🍤🍤🍤/5
Why do adults think every girl who isn’t some overachieving nitwit needs to be reassured about her intelligence? Folks, my self-esteem is just fine, thanks. I may not be school smart, and I may do extremely stupid things sometimes, but I know I’m smart. — Cyd Charisse
REVIEW :: Where did we last leave Cyd Charisse?
Oh yes, we last left her plotting ways to win back her old boyfriend, Shrimp.
Cyd doesn’t seem to have changed much when I started the first few chapters of Shrimp, but I was pleasantly surprised to see her maturing throughout the book.
While her original plan was to get her ex back and prove to everyone that she and Shrimp have an unbreakable bond that no one or anything can tear apart, she finally begins to see the realities of life when it comes to education, income, living independently, etc.
I love that Cyd starts to understand that life doesn’t end with just sex and coffee, and that she begins to question what truly makes a relationship full proof instead of believing that infatuation and similar interests are what hold a relationship together.
Although she struggles with pride and the desire to be in the right instead of listening to the people around her who have gone through trial and error, she slowly begins to consider the advise of her parents and half brother.
By the end of the book, Cyd has done a lot of growing up. She’s still difficult, prideful, and downright rude, but she makes difficult decisions that originally were impossible for her to make because of her previous mindset.
I had thought the book would have ended with Cyd making up with Shrimp and giving the reader an unrealistic “happy” ending, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Cyd making choices based on reality and her own best interest rather than another person’s desires and happiness.
As slightly annoyed as I was with some of her behavior, there were plenty of moments when I did full cartwheels in my head because of her adult-like choices.
I have to say that I was a bit confused when I got to the end of the story because since the title of this book had been named after the character Shrimp, I thought this was going to give us insight into his mind. But no, this is just simply the sequel to Cyd’s life/adventures… featuring Shrimp.
While there’s a third and final part to this series, I’m not sure if I am entirely excited about reading it. I like how Shrimp ended, and would think that some endings are better left with a little mystery rather than another explanation… but I’ll give it some thought. Maybe I will read it…
Do I recommend this book? Yes, so long as the first part of it (Gingerbread) is read. One would only be able to fully appreciate Shrimp when they understand Cyd’s previous lifestyle.
Thanks for reading!