WMG, Sep 15 2015, $15.99
Like her two BFFs (her half-sisters Crystal Chandler
other calls her “The Unexpected Consequence of a Momentary Lapse of Judgment”. Hstepfather ignores her; an “older” half-brother dubs her “The Unwelcome Visitor”; and three younger half-brothers fail to acknowledge her existence. Her only nearby friends (extremely loose definition) are at the exclusive school she attends. When she believes her shrink Megan failed her and that she does not belong with her maternal family, Crystal, who never decided anything, wants out of the agreement. However she cannot go home to Mount Olympus without the three Fates’ intervention but her only hope to make contact is her fickle Father; which means owing him for eternity.
The second Interim Fates is an outstanding serious teen contemporary. The protagonist is the poster child for the original Maslow’s Hierarchy as her biological, physiological and safety needs are met; but she lacks love and belongingness, esteem and self-actualization. Thus the storyline focuses once again on an outsider who fails to fit in after her fall from the top of the Pantheon to the bottom of an American high school, but Crystal has no loving support system unlike Tiffany. Crystal Caves is summed up in the immortal words of Yogi Bear: “…smarter than the average bear” but still don’t belong here (or anywhere).