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Tween Tuesday: This Is Me From Now On by Barbara Dee

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Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 4/27/2010

About the Book: Evie's life is about to get a lot more interesting, thanks to Francesca. Francesca is the niece of Evie's neighbor and she's a whirlwind. Francesca can be a bit dramatic and says she left her old school because they tried to "suppress her spirit." Evie doesn't want to be friends with Francesca, but when they get paired up in a school project, Evie finds herself drawn to Francesca's crazy life. But Evie can never quite tell if Francesca is telling the truth and their project isn't going as well as Evie would like. Plus, Francesca is trying to play matchmaker between the girls teachers, which could only end up in disaster. One thing is for sure-this will be a school year Evie will never forget.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This book is so perfectly tween! It's such a cute read and it a ton of fun. Francesca is a great character and I love how the author keeps the reader guessing about Francesca all along. We, like Evie, are never really sure what to think about her which makes reading about her that much more fun.

The back of the book makes it seem like this is a story about two girls playing matchmaker, but that's more a side plot. This Is Me From Now On is more a story about tween girls, friendships, and how things can change as you get older. There's also a touch of a "be who you are" theme, which I think is always great for tweens to read.

My only complaint is that I felt like the story never really new what it wanted to be, so it jumped around a little. Was it a story about matchmaking? Was it a book about friendship? These two storylines come together, but it felt a little jostled at times.

But tween girls will love it. Francesca reminded me somewhat of a younger Stargirl (from Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli) Give this one to tween readers who enjoy realistic fiction and don't be surprised if they have it finished in one sitting.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from final copy sent by author for review

Comments

  1. I need to read more tween/middle grade. The cover for this one is so cute.

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  2. This sounds like a fun tween read! I've seen it popping up here and there, too. Here's my Tween Tuesday post.

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  3. I saw that you are a part of the Debut Author Challenge! That is so amazing that you are supporting debut authors and I only recently found out that I am going to be one!!! I wanted to ask if you wouldn’t mind heading over to my blog and giving me your opinion. As a blogger turned author I would really appreciate it and the publisher is still giving out ARCs so you might have a chance at a free copy! Thank you and I hope you will stop by and check out The Thirteenth Chime!

    Sincerely,
    Emma Michaels
    http://EmmaMichaels.Blogspot.com

    P.S.- My release date if Friday the 13th (August this year) isn't that crazy?

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  4. This sounds cute. It's nice to read something about normal tweenage girls. Here's my post: http://alisoncanread.blogspot.com/2010/07/tween-tuesday-5-wishing-for-tomorrow.html

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