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Much Ado About Anne-A Book Review

20 Feb

Hi!

Much Ado About Anne by Heather Vogel Frederick 

Summary: Megan, Cassidy, Jess, and Emma mother’s have bad news…they’ve invited snooty Becca Chadwick and her mother to join their book club! Becca’s annoying remarks and constant teasing creates big problems for the girls…even on live TV, but that’s not the least of their troubles. Jess’s family is in danger of losing their historic home, Half Moon Farm! The girls are determined to raise enough money to save it, even if it means teaming up with Becca…

My Thoughts: The Mother Daughter Book Club is one of my sister’s favorite series, so a couple of weeks ago, I decided to read the first book, (to learn more about it, click here,) and I loved it, so I couldn’t wait to get started on Much Ado About Anne. Heather Vogel Frederick’s writing is entertaining and extremely detailed, so it really makes the reader feel like they’re right there with the characters. Speaking of the characters, they were also really relatable and distinctive, and it was easy to find something you liked or at least found funny about them, depending on the situation (coughMrs.Chadwickinthewoodscough). I also thought it was really interesting how the Mother Daughter Book Club books take place over the course of one year, and how each chapter (which switches between the four main characters’ points of view) are each a different month. This does create some plot holes though, but I think that for the most part, they’re handled smoothly.

WARNING! Spoilers Ahead! Read At Your Own Risk!

Anyways, in the beginning of the book, Megan, Cassidy, Jess, and Emma find out that their mothers have invited Becca Chadwick (Megan’s old not-so-nice friend who constantly teases the other three girls) and her snooty mother to join their book club. As I was reading this, I immediately thought “Oh no.” because Becca was pretty awful to Emma, Jess, and Cassidy before. (She even stole Emma’s notebook and read the poem she wrote about a boy she liked out loud…in public…in front of her crush!!!!!) Obviously, they weren’t very happy about this, (which resulted in a pretty hilarious prank:)) but Megan did stick up for Becca, so I was very interested to see if their friendship would start again. And so, although I’m still not a big fan of Becca, I am warming up to her, and I was glad that we got to learn more about her in this book. Eventually, she does get a bit nicer, (but don’t get me wrong, she still teases Jess, Emma, and Cassidy) and you do end up having sympathy for her. It must be hard having such an…um…overbearing mother.

In this book, the Mother-Daughter Book Club decides to read L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables Series, (read my review here!) which I read and really enjoyed, so I was eager to see how Heather Vogel Frederick would incorporate some of the ideas into Much Ado About Anne, like she did with Little Women in The Mother Daughter Book Club. There were some obvious ones, like Emma calling Becca a “Pye”, (a reference to one of Anne’s annoying classmates, Josie Pye) and accidentally giving a TV host an awful mixture to drink, (like when Anne gave her friend Diana wine by mistake at a tea party). There were also some bigger ones though, that turned into whole storylines: After the MDBC and the “Fab Three” (Becca and two of her friends,) declare a truce, they team up to save Jess’s home, Half Moon Farm, like when Anne saved Green Gables, (although these were done in very different ways;))

To finish off, I just wanted to say how well-developed and fun the characters are! Each one is very different, so as I said above, it’s easy to find at least one that you relate too, but they still all go together and make the story interesting. I can’t wait to see what happens next with these girls, (especially Megan and Emma; they’re my favorites!) as they grow up and continue the book club!

Overall, this was an entertaining book with fun characters and an interesting plot that I give four and a half stars out of five.

Lulu:)

Reel Life Starring Us-A Book Review

30 Nov

Meet Dina, the new girl. The one who has to move to a new town, start school a month late, and has no friends. Dina is considered “weird” just because she likes to film people around school. She couldn’t be more surprised at how different Rockwell middle school is from her old school. No one would ever put crushed up potato chips in your backpack or post a video of you tripping in the hallway there.

And Chelsea, the popular girl, the one everyone thinks has the perfect life-like her friends Kendall and Molly, but she doesn’t. Her dad has lost his job, and she has missed the first month of school because of mono, and her friends want her to like someone she doesn’t even know if she likes as a friend.

When these two girls are paired up to create a video for the town’s fiftieth anniversary an unlikely friendship begins to bloom, or not… One second Chelsea thinks she likes Dina and the next she doesn’t. Her friends Molly and Kendall thinks she’s weird but Chelsea likes her boldness, sort of. And Dina can’t believe her luck! She got paired up with the most popular girl in school, she’s determined to become popular like she was in her old school, but then she finds out Chelsea’s big secret….

My Thoughts: This was another book by Lisa Greenwald that was fantastic! I read it on my sister’s kindle yesterday. It was really good too:) I always really like Lisa Greenwald’s covers, this one was really cool, (there’s a picture of the other girl but I can not find it, sorry;)) I felt bad for Dina in the beginning of the book and I thought Chelsea could have treated her better, but I guess it was hard for her with all that was going on. I was so happy for her when her dad got a new job, though! Molly and Kendall were awful and funny at the same time. It was really interesting to read about the girls trying to find Sasha. I thought the plot of the book got better and better as the story progressed, I give this book four out of five stars.

To read my review of Lisa Greenwald’s other books click here:

Sweet Treats and Secret Crushes

My Life in Pink and Green

Oh yeah, by the way, tomorrow I will be changing the background or maybe header of my blog, so sorry if it keeps changing or messing up:)

Sweet Treats and Secret Crushes-A Book Review

27 Nov

Kate, Olivia, and Georgia are really looking forward to Valentine’s day this year. Kate is sure her crush is going to finally talk to her, Olivia just wants to stare at her crush all day, and Georgia, well no one knows about her crush yet…But when a terrible blizzard causes a snow day, the girls have been looking forward to seems ruined. Most of the people have canceled reservations for eating at Georgia’s family’s restaurant, none of the girls will be able to do what they want to, they are stuck in their apartment buildings all day, and their friendship seems to be slowly drifting. Wait! Maybe this is just what the girls need, they can pass out fortune cookies from Georgia’s family’s restaurant to people all over their building. They can meet new people and maybe their apartment building will be like how it was before, but is it enough to keep their friendship strong?

My Thoughts: I started reading Sweet Treats and Secret Crushes after I read My Life in Pink and Green (recommended by my sister) which is also by Lisa Greenwald. I really liked reading this story and thought it would be fun to review because it’s snowing where I live. I thought the story was sort of slow at some points (even though a lot happened, some points I thought were dragged on,) but it was interesting to read from the different characters’ views. I thought a lot happened over the course of one day, but I may just be assuming that passing out the cookies took longer than the story implied;) When Olivia blurted out Georgia’s secret I was screaming in my head, why did you have to do that?! So I was glad when they made up. I felt bad for Kate because when she finally got what she wanted it was a huge let down, but she did jump back very quickly. I thought the end of the story was really cute. I give this book four out of five stars.