For fans of Lauren Myracle's "ttyl," "ttfn," and "l8r, g8r," this fun, fast-paced book introduces an unforgettable and relatable heroine and features chapter openers designed to look like the pages of an online blog. Read more...
For fans of Lauren Myracle's "ttyl," "ttfn," and "l8r, g8r," this fun, fast-paced book introduces an unforgettable and relatable heroine and features chapter openers designed to look like the pages of an online blog. An innovative debut, "Something to Blog About" is filled with the memorable missteps and heartfelt emotions of growing up.
Libby Fawcett decides to start a secret blog so that she can have an outlet to vent her feelings and frustrations. When Seth Jacobs (her crush since eighth grade) witnesses her tragic (and comic) run-in with a Bunsen burner in chemistry class, or when she finds out that her mother is dating the father of her arch-nemesis, Angel Rodriguez, she's able to keep a level head and make it through school each day with each blog posting. But when her entries get posted all over for the whole world to see, will Libby be able to walk the halls--or face Seth--ever again?
Debut author Shana Norris will win over a whole new generation of teens as she hilariously chronicles the pitfalls and triumphs of the life of a high school girl.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 79.
- Review Date: 2008-02-25
- Reviewer: Staff
Fifteen-year-old Libby Fawcett prefers using her password-protected blog to keeping a journal—it feels safer, more private. And 10th grade gives her lots of material: her big crush on Seth Jacobs; her mortifying accidents in chemistry, where she sets her hair on fire because she's daydreaming about Seth; the humiliations dished out by mean girl Angel Rivera. At home, Libby learns that her mother has been dating someone for months, and is horrified to discover that the gentleman is Angel's father. In the meantime, Seth asks Libby to tutor him in chemistry (she gets one of her best friends to tutor her first, natch), and he starts confiding in Libby. As Libby, blogging all the while, misreads the clear signs of his interest in her, the stage is set for obvious catastrophe: Angel and her dad come to Libby's house for dinner, Libby leaves her computer open, and sneaky Angel posts Libby's blog all over school, with easily foreseeable results. But there's promise in the characterizations: Libby genuinely empathizes with other people, even Angel, and debut novelist Norris lets her do so without compromising her credibility. Creating a believable narrator who's this nice takes talent, more than the tired plot alone would suggest. Ages 10-up. (Feb.)