Book Watch: Rival

Rival by debut author Sara Bennett Wealer will be released on February 15, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. Both versions are available for pre-order at Hardcover is 336 pages and is published by HarperTeen.

Rival is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at


Rival looks to be a lot of wicked fun. Who doesn’t love to read about rivalries? And when it’s between two best friends who have every reason to win, the drama is bound to really heat up.

I’ve had my eye on this book ever since I saw the cover. Something about the red flower against the black and white backdrop really appealed to me. Sometimes I do judge a book by its cover (or at least buy a book because of it’s cover) and this was one of them.

This was my first pick for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge and it’s one of my Kindle pre-orders.

To read an excerpt of Rival on the author’s website, click here.

Description from the author’s website:

Meet Brooke: Popular, powerful and hating every minute of it, she’s the “It” girl at Douglas High in Lake Champion, Minnesota. Her real ambition? Using her operatic mezzo as a ticket back to NYC, where her family lived before her dad ran off with an up and coming male movie star.

Now meet Kathryn: An overachieving soprano with an underachieving savings account, she’s been a leper ever since Brooke punched her at a party junior year. For Kath, music is the key to a much-needed college scholarship.

The stage is set for a high-stakes duet between the two seniors as they prepare for the prestigious Blackmore competition. Brooke and Kathryn work toward the Blackmore with eyes not just on first prize but on one another, each still stinging from a past that started with friendship and ended in betrayal. With competition day nearing, Brooke dreams of escaping the in-crowd for life as a professional singer, but her scheming BFF Chloe has other plans. And when Kathryn gets an unlikely invitation to Homecoming, she suspects Brooke of trying to sabotage her with one last public humiliation.

As pressures mount, Brooke starts to sense that the person she hates most might just be the best friend she ever had. But Kathryn has a decision to make. Can she forgive? Or are some rivalries for life?

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