Book Review: Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City, by Wendelin Van Draanen

sammy_keyes_showdownIn Sammy Keyes’ latest adventure, she finds out that her mom is getting married in Vegas. She is getting married to Sammy’s boyfriend’s dad. This causes Sammy to freak out and try to find a way to crash the wedding. So when she hears that her friend Marissa is also going to Vegas, she makes the decision to go to Vegas with them– without telling anyone where she was going or what she was doing.

When she reaches Vegas she realizes that she cannot find out where her mom is or where she will stay the night. Using Marissa’s help she finds herself staying with them for a few nights until she finds her mom. However, Sammy’s archenemy, Heather Accosta ( Sammy’s boyfriends sister), and her mom Candi, are staying right across the hallway from the room Sammy is in. And if you have read the previous books about Sammy, you know just how bad that is. Will Sammy team up with the Accosta’s to end this Marriage? Can Sammy possibly be able to put up with them? And will she be able to stop this nonsense before it gets out of hand?

I highly recommend that you read the first fifteen Sammy Keyes adventures before you read this one. The first book is Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief. If you have already read those books, then this book is the next in line. It is an enjoyable read and possibly one of my most favorite one in the series. With Sammy’s social and family issues this book definitely got me on my toes waiting to see what would happen next. (I had to read it all in one night since I couldn’t go to bed without finishing it.) I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

-Marilyn J., 8th grade

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