Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tween Tuesday: I So Don't Do Makeup by Barrie Summy

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme started at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great reads for tweens-because tweens need books too! Join the fun and leave your Tween Tuesday post in the comments.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Mystery

Release Date: 5/11/2010

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Series: I So Don't Do Mysteries, I So Don't Do Spooky

About the Book: Sherlock (Sherry) Holmes is on the case again! Someone is out to sabatoge the new makeup kiosk in the mall, Naked Makeup. When Sherry and her friends use the makeup, it burns their skin and now they're saying they so don't do makeup-and Sherry's not going to let that happen! Is it the competing vendor who wants Naked Makeup's prime kiosk space, the Janes, a group of girls who refuse to wear makeup, or Drew, the lovesick co-worker? If anyone can save Naked Makeup, it's Sherry!

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This book was just too cute!! I loved that Sherry wasn't perfect (like Nancy Drew) and she was very spunky and fun. She has the perfect tween voice-she's 13, but wishes she was older and I could see the tweens I work with at the library in Sherry. Also, I love that it's a mystery series, as mysteries seem to be really popular with this age group and I can never find enough good ones!

While this is the third in the series, there's plenty of catching up and enough back story that the reader can jump right in and not feel lost. This is great when you don't always have the first of a series on the shelf at the library.

The mystery was pretty easy to figure out, although maybe that's my adult reader coming into play. Because I had the mystery figured out early on, I got frustrated with the author for leading the characters on wild goose chases. It seemed like the book was longer than it needed to be with one too many suspects to investigate and too much going on. Some readers might find this annoying, but many I suppose will laugh along with Sherry's antics. Sherry reminds me a bit of an updated Nancy Drew and she has plenty of spunk and sass that tweens will love her. If you have Nancy Drew fans or readers who have read through the Sammy Keyes series, I would suggest Sherry Holmes as a new tween detective.

Check out author Barrie Summy's website where she's hosting a giveaway! One Grand Prize winner will receive autographed copies of the three books in the series, I So Don't Do Makeup, I So Don't Do Spooky, and I So Don't Do Mysteries, plus a tote bag and t-shirt! Three lucky runners up will win an autographed copy of I So Don't Do Makeup and a t-shirt!

To enter, send an email to ISoDontDoMakeup@gmail.com (note: no apostrophe!) with the subject line "Pick Me!" In the body of the email, include your name and email address (if you're under 13, submit a parent's name and email address). One entry per person and prizes will only be shipped to US or Canadian addresses. Entries must be received by midnight (PDT) on June 30. Winners will be selected in a random drawing on July 1 and notified via email. Check Barrie's website after July 6 for the list of winners!

Full Disclosure: Recieved ARC from publicist for review


  1. I've seen this series around and thought it looked super cute. My daughter (11) read I So Don't Do Mysteries and realy like it!

    Here's mine http://owlforya.blogspot.com/2010/06/tween-tuesday-brilliant-fall-of-gianna.html

  2. I read the first one and thought it was so cute. I'll have to check out the other two.

  3. I've never heard of this series, but it looks cute!

    Here's my Tween Tuesday review:

  4. I just got my copy of this today! I'm super excited to read it. Here's my Tween Tuesday.

  5. This does sound cute. It sounds like a concept that could be really stupid if not done right, but I like that it sounds more layered than Nancy Drew.

    Here's my Tween Tuesday: http://alisoncanread.blogspot.com/2010/06/tween-tuesday-3-wishing-for-tomorrow.html

  6. Well, I am a little late, but it is still Tuesday!

    Here's my offering.

  7. I have read the other books and I really really really want to read this one now too.

    They are awesome!

  8. I loved the first and second book. I'm waiting for the third one.


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