Title: The Keatyn Chronicles Book 1-Stalk Me, Book 2-Kiss Me, Book 3-Date Me
Author: Jillian Dodd
Series: The Keatyn Chronicles
Release Date: Stalk Me-8/20/12, Kiss Me-11/25/12, Date Me-3/21/13
Pages: 939-Books 1-3
Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table. She’s just not sure she wants it anymore. Because, really, things aren’t all that perfect. It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect. And, deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends. To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker.
So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony. But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen. For now, she’s going to pretend she’s just a normal girl, that he’s not still out there, that he’s not getting desperate, that she will never see him again. But, she will and this time, she might not get away.
This is the second time I am reading The Keatyn Chronicles. The first time through, I remember being impressed with this girl and her confidence. After reading books 1-3 again, I found that I still love Keatyn’s gumption. To me, I feel like yes, Keatyn can be superficial and get caught up with popularity and how she is viewed by others…but pretty sure it’s common for most high-schoolers at ages 16 or 17? I love how Jillian Dodd has Keatyn mature in what feels like a natural process…well… as natural as can be expected wrapped in her posh and exclusive environment. Even though Keatyn’s luxurious surroundings are nothing like my own, I still relate to Keatyn and I understand her thinking and then in turn her decisions. There are times when I cringe at some juvenile action she takes that I would normally consider questionable. I will be honest, if I was a fellow classmate of Keatyn’s, seeing her from the outside, I would recognize her wild and free spirit, but also see her actions as reckless and sometimes a little slutty. In fact, others in the book also judge her behavior critically, but I think these assumptions actually connect us to those other personalities. I love seeing the story unfold from Keatyn’s point of view. She is so different from me when I was 16 and yet I feel close to her and I admire her tenacity. Keatyn is sincere and very thoughtful of her family and friends. She has a naivety which feels in contradiction with the stereotype of who she appears to be from the outside. This contradiction just makes her so much more likeable and genuine. She handles highly stressful, chaotic situations with quick reactions and finesse that many adults wouldn’t be able to execute.
I love that Jillian Dodd includes details in her writing…the kind of details that I like to know to be able to conjure the scene in my own mind…like expressions, moods, hair styles, make-up, clothes that make sense with the weather and situation…The kind of details that describe the scene and the atmosphere and explain the actions of those involved. I appreciate details that don’t oppose each other, are consistent and improve the story’s flow, but not inconsequential details that make me roll my eyes because I don’t care or just add clutter.
There are a lot of different people introduced and included as a part of Keatyn’s life, especially since she is forced to live two separate lives. Most of these figures are memorable and stay true to their character throughout the books. Some are loveable and some, not so much, but Jillian Dodd expertly weaves them into Keatyn’s journey and I find myself caring about them as well.
Although the story centers around a lot of daily high school experiences and (dare I say it…drama), tension continuously builds regarding Keatyn’s safety and a looming climax concerning the stalker… I seem to have forgotten quite a few details from the last time I read this series, so now I am anxious to finish reading this saga to tie up the loose ends that have escaped me.