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Blog Tour: The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstien

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 12/8/09

About the Book: Lotus dreams of living in Paris and becoming an existentialist. She' s trying to learn French, she's following the rules of French Women Don't Get Fat, and she even started a French Club at school and got her best friend Joni to join-even though Joni does not share in her love of all things France. Then Sean joins French Club and both Joni and Lotus find themselve crushing on the new boy. Will these best friends let a boy come between them?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book, because I have a pet peeve with books that contain a lot of forgein language that I can't translate. But I had lots of fun reading this one. And author Libby Schmais does a great job mixing in French and I never felt like it was distracting and I still understood it!

Lotus is a fun character and there were several times I was laughing over her thoughts and sayings. She's very quirky, funny, and has an awesome fashion sense, which I 'd love to steal. I really enjoyed the supporting characters especially Ms. G, Lotus' English teacher who inspires her to start her pillow book. There's even a bit of romance, which is very sweet.

With popular diary series such as The Princess Diaries and The Georgia Nicolson Series ending this year, The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein helps fill the void. Lotus' voice reminded me a lot of Georgia and I think fans of that series will devour The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein. I love what Carrie said in her blog tour stop-"Lotus is exactly who Eloise would be as a teenager." So true!!

I did feel the book was a little too long and it did hit a minor lull towards the middle, but overall it was a fun read. Lotus is someone I wouldn't mind reading more about, but the book stands on it's own for readers who aren't looking for an ongoing storyline. This is a great friendship story that will put a smile on your face.

Be sure to check out my interview with author Libby Schmais!

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC provided by the publisher at ALA Annual

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