Rating: 2 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: YA contemporary readers
High point: The messages
Low point: Mandy's cluelessness
Reader maturity: 15+
I really enjoyed Heavenly and A Season of Eden by the same author, but Nailed didn't connect with me as a reader.
While it's great to read about nonconformist female characters, Mandy was frustratingly oblivious and naive. (For example, she wears an actual swimsuit to a construction site and doesn't understand how that could be a problem working with a group of guys.) I like the messages of self-respect, following one's dreams and not settling for the wrong guy, but I couldn't connect with Mandy enough to enjoy it.
Mandy also didn't understand prejudice against women at the work site. While she has a point in that gender shouldn't matter, I found it hard to believe that she had grown up around construction and yet had no expectation of discrimination. My frustration with Mandy aside, her best friend was really fun, and the character of her brother was well-developed as he seesawed between the protector and the antagonist, depending on his mood.
Author: Jennifer Laurens
Genre: Fiction - Contemporary
Book Source: Purchased