Plan B by Steven Verrier

 Danny Roberts is enjoying life. He’s a straight A student playing in the school orchestra and on the fast track to university. But when Danny defies authority for the first time, things go wrong quickly. Luckily Danny doesn’t let these challenges get him down. He decides to fight back on his own terms and charts his own course to success. With the support of his parents, Plan B might just work.

In his second book, Steven Verrier, author of Tough Love, Tender Heart, switches gears to bring young adult readers a fun and engaging story of teenager Danny Roberts, whose life goes from charmed to downright awful in the span of a few days. I don’t want to spoil anything for potential readers by giving away too much of the beginning, but it is certainly the perfect opener for Plan B. Just imagine what it might have been like at your high school: your next class is at one end of the building, you’re at  the other, you’ve just eaten lunch, and unfortunately the distance is so great between Point A and Point B that you can’t fit in the crucial pee break without being late for class.

Such starts the downward spiral of Danny’s high school career. From there, it just gets funnier, as inept school administrators and educators use Danny’s first challenge to authority to derail his model high school career and potentially his future.

Problem is, after Danny gets beyond the high school issues, he doesn’t have a lot of conflict to deal with–unless you want to count deciding which girl to spend time with. That’s where the book lagged a bit for me, because the conflict didn’t keep pace with the rest of the story: it came on strong in the beginning and then waned. Because Danny is pretty much a genius, he is able to easily meet most of his challenges. I wanted to see his resolve tested more.

Despite that, Plan B kept me turning the pages, and I found it to be a quick, light read that I believe many teens will enjoy. I would definitely be interested in reading more from Verrier in the future.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Saga Books
  • ISBN-10: 1897512309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897512302
  • SRP:  $15.95
  • Plan B



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    From the Family Bookshelf

    After almost a month long hiatus, this column is back. North Carolina was wonderful. I worked some of the time promoting virtual book tour clients, read some great books, and wrote two chapters of my WIP along with almost two full chapters of my first ghostwriting project. Since I read the most while we were away, I guess I’ll start with me. This is the list of books I brought with me. I also had my Kindle: 

  • Lingering Spirit by Marilyn Meredith (romance with supernatural flare) *
  • The Last Operative by Jerry B. Jenkins (Christian thriller)*
  • Keeping the Wolves at Bay Media Training  by Jonathan Bernstein (Business)*
  • Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James (psychological thriller)*
  • Plan B by Steven Verrier (this review will appear at this blog) YA*
  • Bowdancer III: Warrior Women by Janie Franz (providing back cover blurb)*
  • When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton is Empty by Jackie Johnson (Christian relationship book) – reading now
  • Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey by  Diana M. Raab
  • Harvest Moon by Chastity Bush (paranormal)
  • State of Reservations by Elysabeth Eldering (this review will appear at this blog) (Children’s)*
  • Evenings on Dark Island by Rhett DeVane & Larry Rock (Southern fiction with vamps)*
  • All the titles with an asterisk are ones I read while we were away. I also read the romantic suspense novel Capturing Karma by K.M. Daughters. This is the fourth installment of The Sullivan Boys series. I love these books.  Reviews of all those I’ve read are either posted or soon to be posted, so keep an eye out for them. 

    Dad finished the Christian historical, The Return to Zion, by Bodie and Brock Thoene while we were away and started a counterterrorism thriller by Vince Flynn, The Third Option

    The Lil Diva seems to be over her desire not to read anything and picked up one of The Boxcar Children books today. 

    The Lil Princess is moving along with her summer reading program. She goofed off while we were away, but she’s polished off 9 of the 25 books she needs to read by August 5th. We visited the library today and she’s already read all of those, so we’ll be going back tomorrow for more.

    That’s it for now. I would love to hear what you’ve been busy reading this summer.



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    Vacation Time Reading

    Well, I’m packing up for the Outer Banks, and as usual, I am bringing a ton of books with me. Thankfully, this year I have the Kindle so my bag will be lighter and less bulky.

    Here’s what I’ll be reading while we’re away:

    • Lingering Spirit by Marilyn Meredith
    • The Last Operative by Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Keeping the Wolves at Bay Media Training  by Jonathan Bernstein
    • Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
    • Plan B by Steven Verrier (this review will appear at this blog)
    • Bowdancer III: Warrior Women by Janie Franz (providing back cover blurb)
    • When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton is Empty by Jackie Johnson
    • Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey by  Diana M. Raab
    • Harvest Moon by Chastity Bush
    • Reservations by Elysabeth Eldering (this review will appear at this blog)
    • Evenings on Dark Island by Rhett DeVane & Larry Rock

    Unless noted, these reviews will appear at my main blog, The Book Connection

    I hope you have a great couple of weeks. I’ll try to post at least once while we’re away.

    Thank you for all your support!

    Cheryl