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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Anything Goes on a Friday Night is a young adult and new adult romantic coming of age novel written by Sara Daniell. Elena had it all at seventeen -- at least all a teenager could ask for. She was a cheerleader, had fabulous parents, and was in love with Channing, her boyfriend and a high school athlete. Her mom wondered when Elena decided to quit cheerleading and enjoy watching Channing’s games as a spectator, but she never really felt as good as the other cheerleaders, so quitting was actually a relief. But Elena’s perfect life soon began showing signs of strain. First, her father bowed out of his Sunday visits with the family, and he actually hung up on Elena when they spoke on the phone. Things got even worse when she came home and found her mother heartbroken and crying bitterly. Elena’s dad was never coming home. He had filed for divorce, and her mother seemed to become a totally different person afterward, and not at all in a good way. Then Elena discovered that Channing and her best friend had been intimate, and it seemed as though her life would never be the same again.
Sara Daniell’s young adult and new adult romantic coming of age novel, Anything Goes on a Friday Night, is a feel-good love story that had this reader entranced and fully engaged by the end of the book -- and that’s no mean feat. I got that involved in this beautifully told tale of a teen who somehow, despite all the challenges and abusive situations thrown at her, manages to stay true to herself and to trust in love, no matter how vulnerable it makes her. I loved watching as she picks herself up as her family falls apart, moves to a new school, and finds her life all over again. Daniell’s plot is inspired, and her writing is a joy to read. And while I’m admittedly not in the target audience for this story, I’ll be looking for Sara Daniell’s other works and fully expect to get this involved in her characters’ lives once again. Anything Goes on a Friday Night is most highly recommended.