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Review by Destiney: The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year …


February 4, 2014 by Jen Cudmore

Title and Author: The Sweet, terrible, glorious year I truly completely lost it by Lisa Shanahan

Short Summary: 13-year-old middle school girl Gemma Stone is sassy, funny and outgoing. In order to get closer to her long-time crush Nick, she takes a risk and joins the drama class with him. While Gemma is in drama, another boy named Raven develops feelings for her. Later Gemma and Raven get really close and she forgets about Nick. While all of this is going on, at home Gemma’s sister Debbie is driving her nuts with her wedding. Debbie is super stressed and worried. In the end, Debbie has a great wedding and Gemma and Raven become super close and Nick remains a close friend.

What I liked about the story: Because it was humorous and romantic. The story was also fund and it kept my attention. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves humor-romance stories.

What I liked about the writing: The novel had humerus sayings throughout the story.

Review by Destiney, age 12

Summary from Goodreads: IN MY FAMILY, when anyone rides the wave of their emotions, we say they’re chucking a birkett. When the emotion drives out all common sense, we say they’re chucking a big one. The telltale signs are: flaming cheeks, shortness of breath, bulging eyes, and a prolonged illogical outburst.

Gemma Stone is convinced that it’s always unseemly to chuck a birkett and that it’s actually insane to chuck one in front of a complete stranger. But that was before she fell for a boy who barely knows she exists, before she auditioned for the school play, before she met the family of freaks her sister Debbie is marrying into, before the unpredictable Raven De Head took an interest in her, and before she realized that at the right time and for the right reason, a birkett could be a beautiful thing

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