BLURB: When Jeremy and Petey’s mother died, their house was taken to pay the debts she left behind, leaving them homeless. Afraid Petey will be put in foster care, they have no one to turn to but their Uncle Milt, so they pack up Jeremy’s beat-up car and leave San Diego for Wamego, Kansas.
They arrive in the middle of a snowstorm and stop at the local diner to contact their uncle, where they meet Nate. Nate and his aunt help them contact Uncle Milt, and he agrees to help.
Jeremy and Nate hit it off quickly, but Jeremy runs when he’s made to believe their new home isn’t permanent. Nate goes after him, finds him, and convinces him that he’s wanted. However, just as Jeremy and Nate begin to trust each other, Petey’s estranged father appears and threatens to tear Jeremy’s new life and fledgling family apart.
Okay, as much as I’d like to ignore this one – I figured that I may have judged the first book too harshly. Thinking back, the first book felt like watching “Elizabethtown,” perhaps because I was thinking of Shoebox. Never mind…
Stuck in Oz was actually a much better read than the series’ first offering. The story is much more solid though a bit predictable. I loved Jeremy and Nate’s instant chemistry from the very beginning. There’s also a bully that was a wee bit predictable and very similar to the first book’s evil-bible-thumping siblings. Uncle Milt’s character was okay but rather than being oblivious (as Nate pointedly mentioned), I rather find him too dense. Petey’s such a sweetheart. I love kids in books! They’re just the most adorable thing ever with the things they say. We also got a glimpse of Roger and Lyle here from the first book going steady and stronger than ever! I realized that this series isn’t so bad after all…
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Published April 30th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published April 29th 2014)