Most of the time, when I write a review, I try to pen
my own little blurb for the story. But The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill already has such a tremendous blurb,
I couldn’t possibly do any better than to post it here:
Ellie Sweet is a lot of things—good girl, novelist,
silent adorer of the new boy at school, Palmer. But when “outcast” gets added
to the list, she decides it’s time to take reality into her own hands … and
tweak it as needed.
In the pages of her book, she’s Lady Gabrielle, favorite of the medieval
Italian court. Her once-friends are reduced to catty ladies-in-waiting, and the
too-charming Palmer—who in real life never spares her a second word—gets to be
nothing more than a rake wracked by unrequited love for her. She even has a
perfect real-life villain in the brooding Chase, who hails from the wrong side
But just when she’s getting along great in her fictional world, the real one
throws her a few curves. With Chase pursuing her, Palmer wanting to date
her—but in secret—and the details of her manuscript going public, Ellie
suddenly receives more attention than she ever really wanted. And when her
former-friends discover what she’s been writing, they’re determined to teach
Ellie a lesson about the severe consequences of using her pen as her sword.
the tag line: Don’t just get even. Write
a novel. Brilliant, right? And once I started reading, I didn’t
want to set it down.
quite witty, but unmistakably human. A very real character with real struggles,
feelings, and mistakes. By the end of the first chapter, she had wormed her way
into my heart, and I felt like I’d known her for a long time.
through the writing, querying, and publishing process. This book will
especially appeal to the many teen writers out there, but you certainly don’t
have to be a teen or a writer to love it.
of a tremendous YA contemporary novel and is one I know I’ll be reading again …
and again. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a great
summer read with a dash of wit, heart, and truth.
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