Book Reviews

Book Review: Risky Business by Nicole O’Dell

March 3, 2017

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Back Cover:


What would you do?


When Molly Jacobs gets hired at Magna–the ultimate girls’ clothing store–her friends, and even the popular girls in school, are envious. But when Molly’s friends ask her to do something that she knows could compromise her job at the store, she is faced with either doing the right thing or caving into the pressure and facing the potential consequences. What will Molly do?


Sophomore Kate Walker has decided to try something new this year. She secures a spot on her school’s swim team—but soon becomes obsessed with practice and making it through the championships with flying colors. When Kate’s teammates encourage her to do something illegal to get through her events at the championship swim meet she is faced with choosing to do what she knows is right or risking it all and facing the potential consequences. What will Kate do?


Naomi’s Review:


I remember reading this book for the first time and loving every second of it. But as I sat there happily turning pages, suddenly—what’s this?—I could make a choice of what happens next? This was the first book I ever read where I got to make decisions on where the characters would go or what they would do. I was thrilled!


Nicole O’Dell penned a relatable book that gets points across in a creative way. Honestly, I wish more people wrote books like this!


I may be slightly biased, though, because Risky Business was the first YA book I read. Up until that point I didn’t really know that this genre existed—I just knew that I wanted it too!


The book contains two stories, each with a decision the reader gets to make. You get to see the results play out (without actually having to live them, isn’t that nice? Haha). O’Dell writes a clean story about tough things, and I highly recommend this book.






Naomi Downing – Column: Book Reviews

Naomi Downing is a music obsessed bookworm with a passion for writing. When not doing anything book related, you can find her experimenting with crocheting, or drawing calligraphy. She is a Book Promotions Intern at Birch House Press, writes monthly columns at, and blogs somewhat sporadically at



  1. Sarah

    March 27, 2017 at 1:29 am Reply

    I love the concept of this book. I haven’t read it, but I’ve come across it a few times. 🙂

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