Review: Short for Chameleon by Vicki Grant

3.5 of 5 stars
Published March 2017

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and enjoyed it. It’s a Young Adult book about a teen, Cameron, who, along with his father have themselves rented out as spare “relatives” for various functions such as weddings and funerals. It’s not a con, they get a proper hourly rate, and they aren’t in it to scam anyone. It’s just an acting job. But when an old woman, Albertina gets her claws into Cameron and a young woman, the enigmatic Raylene, gets involved as well, things get a little crazy and Cameron gets caught up in schemes and adventures.

Cam spends most of his time pretending to be someone else. Raylene has something she’s trying to get her head around and seems to blow hot and cold. Albertina is on a mission and ropes the teens in to help her. It’s a bit of a romp with poor Cam trying to figure out what everyone expects of him.

It was good fun, with characters that are believable and quirky. I really enjoyed the added bonus that it was set in my own city of Halifax, where the author lives so some of the places and streets named were actual ones. I could picture everything so clearly!


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