Mammoth

MammothMammoth
By Jill Baguchinsky
Source Library
Published by Turner Publishing on November 6, 2018

three-half-stars

The summer before her junior year, paleontology geek Natalie Page lands a coveted internship at an Ice Age dig site near Austin. Natalie, who’s also a plus-size fashion blogger, depends on the retro style she developed to shield herself from her former bullies, but vintage dresses and perfect lipstick aren’t compatible with prospecting for fossils in the Texas heat. But nothing is going to dampen Natalie’s spirit — she’s exactly where she wants to be, and she gets to work with her hero, a rock-star paleontologist who hosts the most popular paleo podcast in the world. And then there’s Chase the intern, who’s seriously cute, and Cody, a local boy who’d be even cuter if he were less of a grouch.

It’s a summer that promises to be about more than just mammoths.

Until it isn’t.

When Natalie’s hero turns out to be anything but, and steals the credit for one of her accomplishments, Nat has to unearth the confidence she needs to stand out in a field dominated by dudes. To do this, she’ll have to let her true self shine, even if that means defying all the rules for the sake of a major discovery.

I’ve wanted to read this book since I’d first heard about it! I loved the synopsis. It sounded so fun and I was excited to read about a girl who was into paleontology – and that cover caught my eye. It was so cute!

I definitely enjoyed this book. Natalie, the main character, was funny and charming, and I thought all of the paleontology stuff was so interesting. I loved reading about the dig site. And I liked reading about her fashion blog!

I enjoyed the romance, and I liked seeing Natalie become more assertive throughout the book. For some reason though this one tapered off somewhat at the end for me. Some of Natalie’s choices were frustrating, and I could see where she was coming from. But I think some of her decisions made me anxious because I felt like I could see the bad outcomes coming.

This was a fun, interesting story that was a bit uneven for me, but overall I enjoyed it.

three-half-stars

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