Marshmallow Masquerade by Cynthia Blair

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Marshmallow Masquerade by Cynthia Blair

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

…their joking conversation was about to launch the most daring, most intriguing, most delicious prank of the Pratt twins’ mischievous career.

Teenaged twin sisters Christine and Susan Pratt, both baffled by boys, relish the thought of figuring out what makes boys tick. So Susan proposes that Chris disguise herself as a boy for a week and do some investigating in the camp of the opposite sex in Marshmallow Masquerade by author Cynthia Blair.

And what do marshmallows have to do with this? Well, it makes sense when you read it.

This is the third Pratt Twins book I’ve read since my preteens. After reading the first two books in this series, I expected the relatively simplistic, corny style here.

In fact, this one may be the corniest I’ve read so far. So many exclamation points, an overuse of italics, and cheesy, dramatic declarations that would drive me to facepalms if not for my glasses being in the way. A macho guy with overdone chauvinism, a big buffoonish bully who wants to beef and brawl over nothing, and a good guy who’s practically bursting with all of his, well, goodness.

I could go on, and possibly confuse you all as to why I’ve rated this book with five stars. But as is always the case with me, I don’t have to think a book is perfect to find it amazing.

There’s just something so downright fun about the Pratt sisters’ adventures. Also, like the first book in the series, this tale ties in meaningful points worth thinking about. Biological vs. traditional (made-up) differences between guys and girls. Gender-based assumptions we make about people’s likes and dislikes without knowing those people as individuals. The games guys and girls play with each other, sometimes without a second thought, and the emotional effects those games can have. I didn’t even have to fully agree with all of Chris’s and Sooz’s conclusions for their sentiments to get my own wheels turning.

In a way, this particular story is more Chris’s than Susan’s. But it’s yet another Pratt Twins tale I absolutely ate up.

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Here’s my review of the next Pratt Twins book, The Candy Cane Caper.