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review 2018-06-15 04:15
'Jolie' (who has an underbite) is such a heartfelt and funny book; all the right high-school bookish tropes are there and they're PERFECT
Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It - Kerry Winfrey

I read this book just about at the perfect time; after reading seven dark thrillers, mysteries, and moody fantasies, I needed something to cleanse my literary palette and get me back to 'bookish square zero'.

 

This really was a delightful read, taking me to all the right places that I hoped a book like this would. It revolves around Jolie Peterson, who is sixteen, in high school, and has an underbite, which is medical termed as 'mandibular prognathism' (I didn't even know that, and my dog has the most severe underbite; he was my motivator for requesting an early copy of this book - yes, really). Jolie has spent her entire life NOT wanting the spotlight before of her teeth, but also preparing for surgery to 'fix her face' so that she can end the headaches, chew properly, and stop feeling like she's different from everyone else. She wrestles with the questions of what makes someone beautiful, just like a lot of young people do, whether they have a misaligned jaw or not, and it takes her a long time to realize that many people worry if they're good enough, smart enough, pretty enough.

 

While she prepares for this long-awaited surgery, so many things come up for Jolie, and it may seem like you're reading a book with all the high-school literary tropes crammed into it. But it's DONE SO WELL. She is dreading the surgery and creates a list of things she must do in case she dies under anesthesia, and these naturally include doing things like finally kissing a boy. But she also dares to try out for the school musical, and guess what, she is amazing when she auditions and she gets the lead. She also has the best of friends since kindergarten and one that happens to be a guy, Derek, and she's just now realizing he's hot. This always presents a massive problem.

 

You may think you have read this before but the author, Kerry Winfrey, writes ALL these scenarios and these characters with so much sincerity and originality, that they are not ones that I'd met before. The male high school boys are ones with honest concern for their female counterparts. The female high schoolers are smart, and Winfrey didn't see it necessary to play the 'mean girl' card, or have Jolie really bash herself into the ground to come to her final conclusions about self-esteem and beauty (although she does a lot of natural questioning and normal comparisons). Characters acknowledge their mistakes in ways that make sense, without being preachy, and I love the tone of the writing throughout the novel because of this. I also totally enjoyed the TV obsessions of the family, and the 'Terrible Movie Night' Jolie and Derek share.

 

This is a light and funny book, with some bigger issues like self-esteem, and dealing with grief and changing friendships within it, but it's ultimately about Jolie's chance to shine, to change, to grow. Her voice is charming and heartfelt, and the book left me in such a great place, feeling like I knew all these great people!

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/35795890-things-jolie-needs-to-do-before-she-bites-it
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text 2018-03-22 10:40
Tea's TBR Thursday - March 22, 2018 (Part I)
Loving the Hawke (The Seven Curses of London Book 1) - Lana Williams
Better Off Wed - Laura Durham
Mask of Duplicity (The Jacobite Chronicles Book 1) - Julia Brannan
A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House): A Novella - Kristi Ann Hunter
Tabitha (Girls from the Mountain, Book 1) - Vikki Kestell
At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella - Jen Turano
The Three Fates - Kate Quinn
Daughters of Darkness - The Anthology (4 Paranornal Romance Novels) - Chrissy Peebles,Kristen Middleton,W.J. May,C.J. Pinard,Book Cover by Design
Girl's Guide to Witchcraft - Mindy Klasky
Wonderful - Jill Barnett

*Bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

 

Last week I went through Prime Reading and NOOK's free books sections looking for new material for my e-readers. My spreadsheet now stands at almost 220 books. I had to break up the list of new additions so as not to screw up my followers' eyes.

 

*HR = historical romance  *CR = contemporary romance  *PRN = paranormal romance

*CL = chick lit     *CM = cozy mystery

 

 

Added to NOOK:

1. Loving the Hawke (The Seven Curses of London #1) by Lana Williams (HR) 

2. Death Down Under (Ruby Bay Mystery #1) by Samantha Silver (CM/CL)

3. Poison in Paddington (Cassie Coburn Mystery #1) by Samantha Silver (CMCL)

4. The Locked Room Murder (Bluebell Knopps #1) by Nancy McGovern (CM/CL)

5. Better Off Wed (Annabelle Archer #1) by Laura Durham (CM/CL)

6. Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case (Jayne Frost #1) by Kristen Painter (PRN/CM)

7. The Vampire's Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls #1) by Kristen Painter (PRN)

8. Mask of Duplicity (The Jacobite Chronicles #1) by Julia Brannan (HR)

9. Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley by Various Authors (anthology) (CM)

10. Mail Order Bride Amelia (Silver River Brides #1) by Karla Gracey (HR)

11. A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5) by Kristi Ann Hunter (HR)

12. Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope #0.5) by Jody Hedlund (HR)

13. First Impressions by Elizabeth Johns (HR)

14. Tabitha (Girls from the Mountain #1) by Vikki Kestell (HR)

15. A Rose Blooms Twice (Prairie Heritage #1) by Vikki Kestell (HR)

 

*Takes a Breath*

 

16. Appalachian Serenade (Appalachian Blessing #0.5) by Sarah Loudin Thomas (CR)

17. At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd #0.5) by Jen Turano (HR)

18. Waiting for Dawn (Team Hope #0.5) by Susan May Warren (CR/SUSPENSE)

19. Alejandro's Sorceress (The Cardinal Witches #1) by Alyssa Day (PRN)

20. Mad for Love (Highland Brides #1) by Elizabeth Essex (CR)

21. The Three Fates (The Empress of Rome #3.5) by Kate Quinn (HR)

22. Millie Marries a Marshal (Brides of Grit #2) by Linda K. Hubalek (HR)

23. Secrets to Reveal (Highland Wolves #1) by Tilly Wallace (HR/PRN)

24. Sorceress Awakening (Gargoyle and Sorceress #1) by Lisa Blackwood (PRN)

25. Daughters of Darkness by Various Authors (anthology) (PRN)

26. Girl's Guide to Witchcraft (Jane Madison #1) by Mindy Klasky (PRN/CL)

27. Love's Beginning (Eagle Harbor Short Story) by Naomi Rawlings (HR)

28. Wonderful (Medieval Trilogy #1) by Jill Barnett (HR)

29. The Case of the Missing Cross (Justice and Miss Quinn Mystery #1) by Felicia Rogers (CM/HR)

30. The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #1) by Carolyn Miller (HR) - Not free but on sale

31. The Captivating Lady Charlotte (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #2) by Carolyn Miller (HR) - Not free but on sale

32. The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #3) by Carolyn Miller (HR) - Not free but on sale

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-02-04 19:26
Dear Mr. Henshaw
Dear Mr. Henshaw - Paul O. Zelinsky,Beverly Cleary

Dear Mr. Henshaw was one of the first chapter books that I remember reading. I was captivated by the story and re-read the book numerous times. The story dives into heavy situations, such as divorce, bullying, and moving to a new school. I loved that the main character would write to his favorite author. I think that I would have students do the same!  Because this book is for older readers, I would ask them to decipher the setting and draw or write about it. I would love to incorporate this book into a science or stem lesson. Just like in the story, I would ask students to design their own lunchbox alarm.

 

Guided Reading - Q

Lexile - 910L

DRA - 40

AR - 4.9

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review 2018-01-29 01:21
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon - Patty Lovell,David Catrow

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon is a delightful story of a unique young girl. Molly Lou has many unusual attributes, and she learns how to use them with the help of her grandmother. When Molly Lou encounters a bully, she knows just what to do. I would love to use this book at the beginning of the school year to help students raise their self-esteem and teach them how to cope with bullies. 

 

AR - 3.5

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review 2017-04-06 03:36
Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

This book is about a little girl named Chrysanthemum being made fun of at school because of her name. Every time she gets bullied at school, she goes home to get comforted by her mother and she starts to feel like her name is beautiful again. When the teacher finds out about the bullying, the teacher shares with the class that her name is based off of a flower also. The class then starts to tell Chrysanthemum how much they love her name and that they want the same name as a flower. This book is about bullying and acceptance. I would use this in my classroom as a way to bring up bullying and to show the students to love themselves.

 

Lexile Measure: 460L

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