Kalifornia Blu by Kendell Shaffer

STORY:  Arrested for skateboarding at three o’clock in the morning at the Venice Beach Skate Park, Kalifornia Blu’s life takes an unexpected turn when her rock star absent mom doesn’t show up at her sentencing hearing. To avoid a trip to Juvenile Hall, she tracks down her dad–whom she hasn’t seen since she was eight. The sentencing judge thinks a bit of discipline will be good for Kalifornia and transfers her to a Police Academy Magnet High School, where the students wear LAPD uniforms, learn police drills and practice forensics. And, she’s forced to live with her ex-skateboarding, ex-guitar playing, ex-dad Zachary, in his run-down Venice loft with a 6 pm to 6 am curfew. It’s not an easy sentence for a girl who has grown up touring with her mom, living in five-star hotels all over the world. Curfew is tough, but Kal is tenacious. When she discovers her cop school partner, Jade, is being threatened by her ganglord cousin, Kal skitches (skateboard hitches) a Range Rover through the Venice canals to save her. She rescues a young girl from a gnarly living situation with Jade’s help. It’s a rough world she’s thrown into, with some dangerous people… and a few new friendships, discovered in the most unlikely places.


REVIEW: Kendell Shaffer brilliantly brings you into Kali’s world. You don’t need to know anything about skateboarding to fall in love with this story. Kali is such a wonderful character, who is very easy to relate. She goes through many struggles a lot of us have gone through ourselves. Kali matures through the story in a way that gives her a true authenticity. One of the delights from this book is the description of the skaters world and Venice Beach. We’ve never been there, but after reading Kalifornia Blu we feel like we just came back from California. This book also made us insterested in stakeboarding. Come on who wouldn’t want to swoon over a cute skateboarder? One of the best parts about this story is nothing is perfect just like in real life. You can really feel the pain and joy as you read the story. All the characters in it help bring an amazing book with a great message to life. Kalifornia Blu also proves you don’t need a lot of romance to have a gripping emotional story. This book is a fun, wild ride that will have you aching for more.

So put your skateboard down and read Kalifornia Blu


Boyfriend of the Month

It’s time to honor a new book boyfriend and after a lot of debating and bottles of wine we have all agreed on our November Boyfriend of the Month. We hope you love him as much as we do.

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Ryan from To My Hero by Danielle Sibarium is our new boyfriend of the month. First we must say this a very powerful book that every girl should read. With that said will continue by stating Ryan is type of guy that will be your personal hero. You might at first think he’s a bad boy, but then will quickly realize he’s not. In fact he’s the total opposite. He will be there to listen to you, to help you in any way he can, and hold you even when you are pushing him away. Ryan will give you the space you need, but he’ll never back away too far that you won’t be able to reach him. He is sweet and lovable. Ryan is the type of guy every girl needs in their lives. He will not only be your amazing boyfriend, he’ll also be you’ll very best friend. Fall in love with Ryan.