“Magnolia” by Kristi Cook


Magnolia is just as sweet as the name suggests. The Cafferty and Marsden families are old Southern royalty. Their families’ connection can be traced all the way back to the Civil War. The families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. When Jemma and Ryder are born just a few weeks apart, the families think its fate for these two to finally unite the two famous families so they can rule Magnolia Branch, Mississippi together.

The problem is Jemma and Ryder hate each other. Both Jemma and Ryder are more concerned about cheerleading, SEC football, and high school. However when Jemma and Ryder are forced to work through a tragedy together, they realize they may have more in common than they think.

This book echoes Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, told through acts, but with the relationship of the main characters reversed from the original tale.

There are so many things that I loved about this book, but most of all I loved how unique it was. Its Southern setting and language really bring something new and interesting to the book. I would recommend this book for any reader of YA romance who is looking for something short and sweet.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Stephanie Rudisill

2 thoughts on ““Magnolia” by Kristi Cook

  1. I really like the sound of this one! Sweet and Romeo and Juliet where Romeo and Juliet Don’t. Actually. Die. (they better not because this has always left me distraught) is precisely what I need to soothe my Romeo and Juliet distress xD

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