Tenderfoot

Tenderfoot - Amy Tupper Amy Tupper has provided a slightly different coming-of-age story in Tenderfoot. Julianna, or Jules, is starting college when she notices that her sight has changed. She can read the text in a book from across the room. She can also hear through walls and her sense of taste has gone completely wild (she can actually picture the surroundings of an animal when eating meat and diary products). If that wasn't weird enough, she can also "hear" the thoughts of others, okay not everyone but just one person . . . Nicholas "Nick" Grimm. Jules learns that Nick is a troll or faery and basically her protector. He was also her mother's protector and her grandmother's protector. Nick has been protecting the special women in her family for generations.

College is hard enough without throwing all of the faery items into the mix but add some romance and Tenderfoot raises the ante. Jules learns to handle college, even the boring aspects. Jules also must come to grips with her "romance" with Andrew, another freshman and fencer extra ordinaire. Tenderfoot realistically explores the drama and angst of college while adding first love and faery lore into the mix. Jules doesn't weave spells, she can't fly, and she doesn't have superhuman strength. She does have grit and determination and is a likable character.


NOTE: I'd like to be able to give this 2.5 stars because I enjoyed it a little more than simply "it's okay."