Publication Date/Version: February 2007/Paperback
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Around The World Tours (Thanks!)
Cort, the high school senior jock seems to have it all -- except a summer job. When he lands one doing women's nails, his eyes are opened to the catty, back-stabbing world of females. Girls he thought he knew and trusted turn out to shock and use him. He gets to know Rachel, an elusive girl the others gossip about, a girl with secrets. From her he learns there is more to life than weekend partying and social status, and one of the secrets she shares with him will change his life forever.
Cort needs a job, and it just so happens that the only one he can find is at a nail salon. The school's most sought after jock is now painting nails. He's got a behind-the-scenes look at what high school girls are really like. He brings in more customers than he can handle, and the stress is getting to him. All the while, he's looking for a girl with more substance - Rachel, to be exact. She'll be hard to get, but that makes Cort want her all the more.
This is the second book I've read by Jennifer Laurens, and I'm really enjoying her work. Each one of her books is fun, light, and has good characters. It's easy to like the characters and hope that everything turns out perfect. Cort and Rachel are no exception. Plus, the premise is really interesting!
Cort is a jock, but there's more to him than the average stereotype. He's actually got some brains, and he cares about other people. Plus, he isn't driven by his hormones only. Rachel is feisty and plays hard-to-get. They're both enjoyable characters. Rachel was often too harsh on Cort, and I wished she would give him a break every once in a while. I think that was her way of protecting her feelings, though. The other characters really didn't matter in this story, but that was fine with me. One fun thing about this book was that it referenced back to Falling For Romeo, Jennifer Laurens' first book. I loved hearing about past characters, and I totally felt in the know.
Overall: Quick read. Enjoyable. Fun characters. Interesting premise.
My Advice: Buy/Borrow. If you've read anything but Laurens before and enjoyed it, buy this book. If you haven't read her work yet, borrow it.
Cover: I really like this cover! It's flirty and fun. It definitely describes the general vibe of Magic Hands.
*This was read as a part of the 100+ Reading Challenge