Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rebel in Blue Jeans

Welcome to Beverly Stowe McClure's Pump Up Your Books Virtual Book Tour.


What’s a girl to do when her mother runs away with the drummer in a rock band, her friendly relationship with the boys on the neighboring ranch starts to change, and a handsome college guy takes an interest in her? Sixteen-year-old Rebel Ferguson faces these challenges with courage and humor and decides to do three things:
1. Bring her mother home where she belongs.
2. Show her neighbors, Will and Sully Garret, she’s not interested in a serious relationship with either of them.
3. Prove to the Garrets, and to herself, that Rick, the cute college guy, is a gentleman.

Nothing turns out the way Rebel plans, however, and she discovers that people are not always what they seem, and she’s a lousy judge of character. If only humans were as trustworthy and dependable as her puppies, cat, and horses. Can she forgive everyone who has disappointed her?


Chapter 1

Rebel Ferguson pulled the currycomb across the mare’s broad back. Fine specks of dust floated in the early morning air. A mockingbird sang outside the stables. A lump the size of a barn owl lodged in Rebel’s throat. How could the bird be so happy when her life had been shattered into millions of pieces? Don’t think about Mom, she told herself. Keep busy.

And she tried. She brushed and brushed Sunrise’s coat until the hair shimmered like a new copper penny. One by one–she counted them–she untangled three sharp burrs from the mare’s coarse mane.

The sudden vroom of a car engine rumbling to life made Rebel’s chest tighten. Even though the driveway was not visible from the stables, she darted to the stall door anyway and looked out the open top section. Rain lingered like teardrops on the red tile roof of the white stucco house nestled among mesquite and cottonwood trees a hundred yards away. Last night’s storm was past, at least the storm outside. The clouds had drifted east, leaving behind a clear blue sky.

But the storm between her parents was etched on Rebel’s heart forever. Oh, they never yelled or fought or said horrible things to each other. They were much too civilized for such childish behavior. Sometimes she wished they would. Anything would be better than the unbearable silence. Except for what had to be said, her parents simply stopped talking to one another. They were polite strangers, and she was caught in the middle, loving them both.

She listened to the hum of her mother’s Jaguar until it faded, leaving behind only the chatter of that annoying bird, the swishing sound of the mare’s tail as she swatted flies, and Rebel’s thoughts. Everyone said she was a carbon copy of her mother. She had the same smoky blue eyes, the same long dark hair, and the same slender build. But outward appearances could be deceiving. Their personalities were complete opposites. Liz Ferguson was a city girl who liked fancy dresses and parties and crowds. Rebel Ferguson was a country girl who preferred jeans, T-shirts, and a few close friends.


This book hit home with me. This happened to a friend of mine when I was a teenager. There were a lot of similarities between Rebel and my friend. They both were angry with their moms and trying to understand why their moms left their dads and them for someone else. Trying to think of ways in getting their parents back together. Having close friends to help cope with the loss of their moms. Though I don't think I was as funny as Rebel's friends, Will and Sully.

Will and Sully were very humorous. Their antics kept this book from being as serious as it could have been. But even with their humour, they still were able to talk and help Rebel cope with her mom leaving.

Both Will and Sully are very protected of Rebel. I just loved the interactions between Rick and Will. The interactions between those two were hilarious.

I felt that Rebel and her mom should have had more interactions, arguments between them. I felt that part of the book should have been fleshed out more.

I liked the idea and the concept behind the book. I wish my friend had this book when this happened to her. Maybe then she would not have been angry for so long. I do believe that if a teenager was experiencing this in their live that this book would help them to cope and understand with what has happened to their family.


Beverly S. McClure started her writing career early—though she approached it kicking and screaming—when her eighth-grade teacher sent her poem “Stars” to a high school anthology and it was published in Young America Sings. She graduated from Midwestern State University and became a teacher. As soon as she discovered Dr. Seuss and other great children’s stories, she willingly put pen to paper and had stories and articles published in Ladybug, Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr., U. S. Kids, Jack and Jill and other leading children’s magazines, including an article that was reprinted in a Scott Foresman Pre-K anthology and a breakout article that appeared in the June 2007 issue of Writer magazine.

A multi-published author, Beverly’s Listen to the Ghost and Secrets I Have Kept are available in trade paperback. Her latest release is Rebel in Blue Jeans, and she has four more books under contract. A member of the National Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and their North Texas Chapter, Beverly is the mother of three grown boys and lives in the country with her husband, Jack, where an occasional deer, skunk, or armadillo come to visit.

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Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Thank you, reading mama, for the nice review and for hosting Rebel and me today.

I enjoyed reading your blog. You have some good books in your TBR challenge.


donnas said...

Great excerpt. Thanks for posting.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the nice review of Beverly's book. I, too, enjoyed Will's and Sully's antics.


N A Sharpe said...

This book is a great read - definitely recommend it! Love the diverse personalities of the characters.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Hi, Donna, Cheryl, N A. Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments.


Pabast said...

Beverly- Thanks for taking the time to explore my blog. I hope the books I choose for the TBR challenge live up to my expectations.

Donna and Cheryl- Thanks for visiting my blog and commentting.

N.A.- I agree with you about the characters. Thanks for visiting my blog.