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 of town.
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.
I knew that I would love this book as soon as I saw 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.
I connected with Ellie Sweet right away. She’s clever and 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.
As a writer, I especially enjoyed Ellie’s journey 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.
The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet has all the elements 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.
Find Stephanie Morrill at her website or blog for teen writers Go Teen Writers.
Be sure to stop by the other Teen Novel Team tour participants:
Blooming with Books • Jill Williamson • The Life of a Teenage Writer • Once Upon an Inkling • Pages from My Journal • Rachelle Rea • The Ramblings of a Young Author • Shadow Writer World • Who YA Reading? • The Writings of Rosie • Worthy2Read
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