It’s party time for all of the Capricorns out there! Happy birthday! If you were born between December 22nd and January 19th, you are a Capricorn. Those who fall under this sign are known
as goal oriented, who have discipline and patience. However, don’t get in the way of a Capricorn and their goals. Those born under this sign can become obsessed with their goal and lose track of those around them. Thankfully we have these people, because someone needs to get something accomplished.
A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy
Abby Lipman plans to swim in the Olympics, until she begins having fainting spells. It soon becomes more than her parents will let her ignore. After visiting a doctor, she learns that she has a heart condition which requires her to take meds that make it impossible for her to swim competitively. Abby’s entire identity is tied up in swimming. Once she can’t swim, it becomes hard for her to connect to her friends and boyfriend. Soon she is forced to face life without swimming, which opens her eyes up to new romantic possibilities and future paths.
Abby truly gets caught up in her Olympic goal, to the determent of her life (potentially). This book is about realistically addressing goals. It is a great, fluffy, cute romance story.
This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
Lucille is forced to take care of her younger sister, Wren, when her mother leaves them. Their father has been missing since an incident a few months ago and wants no contact with the family. Her mother simply couldn’t handle being left. Lucille gets a job at a local restaurant to pay the bills. She relies heavily on her best friend Eden and her twin brother Digby, who she happens to have a massive crush on. Wren is holding up well enough, but issues start to boil to the surface and adults begin to question the girls. How long can the girls live like this? Can Lucille stop them from being separated? And what about this love story?
I really like this book. Family and responsibility are central to this novel. Lucille shows the true strengths of any great (potential) Capricorn. I loved all of the characters. Many of the aspects seemed over the top and unbelievable, but I totally went with it because it was a good story.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Secret societies and boys clubs. Frankie Landau-Banks attends a prestigious academy, where males are given preference. Frankie feels that she is constantly being underestimated by everyone in her life, from her family to her boyfriend. Frankie has stumbled across the school’s all male secret society. She will not be excluded anymore. In her quest to be cluded, she becomes a “criminal” mastermind and surreptitiously becomes the leader of this society. No one will ever underestimate her again. She will only be estimated, right?
Frankie talks at length about various grammar rules and regulations. She is basically the smartest person in the room, who is ten steps ahead of everyone else. While she is irritating at times, as are many of the other characters, any good Capricorn can appreciate Frankie’s drive and intelligence.