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Changing My Wardrobe is a tragic high school drama about starting over, fitting in, and discovering the truth about what really matters. It's a story about friendship, first love, and soul-crushing loss. It's a story about a person's choices, good and bad, and the unexpected and far-reaching consequences of those choices. Lindsey’s first day of high school is her big chance Changing My Wardrobe is a tragic high school drama about starting over, fitting in, and discovering the truth about what really matters. It's a story about friendship, first love, and soul-crushing loss. It's a story about a person's choices, good and bad, and the unexpected and far-reaching consequences of those choices. Lindsey’s first day of high school is her big chance to start over. With the help of her best friend, Teeny, she begins her transformation by changing her wardrobe. But her longtime nemesis, Avery, likes things just the way they are and sabotages Lindsey at every turn. As the school year progresses, lines are drawn; sides are picked, and war ensues. The escalating drama eventually leads to a tragic event that will alter the teens' lives forever...especially Lindsey’s.


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Changing My Wardrobe is a tragic high school drama about starting over, fitting in, and discovering the truth about what really matters. It's a story about friendship, first love, and soul-crushing loss. It's a story about a person's choices, good and bad, and the unexpected and far-reaching consequences of those choices. Lindsey’s first day of high school is her big chance Changing My Wardrobe is a tragic high school drama about starting over, fitting in, and discovering the truth about what really matters. It's a story about friendship, first love, and soul-crushing loss. It's a story about a person's choices, good and bad, and the unexpected and far-reaching consequences of those choices. Lindsey’s first day of high school is her big chance to start over. With the help of her best friend, Teeny, she begins her transformation by changing her wardrobe. But her longtime nemesis, Avery, likes things just the way they are and sabotages Lindsey at every turn. As the school year progresses, lines are drawn; sides are picked, and war ensues. The escalating drama eventually leads to a tragic event that will alter the teens' lives forever...especially Lindsey’s.

30 review for Changing My Wardrobe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tanja (Tanychy)

    First I want to thank Deb Hanrahan for sending me the whole book. Without you, I wouldn't be able to read it. So thank you again. Now, about book. Honestly at first I thought I'm gonna be so disappointed in this book. People don't get me wrong, but I'm sick and tired of people full of prejudices in every book. You know, things like if I'm beautiful I can only be friend with beautiful people. Every time I read book when you have those people I want to yell "GET OVER YOURSELF". But then I do under First I want to thank Deb Hanrahan for sending me the whole book. Without you, I wouldn't be able to read it. So thank you again. Now, about book. Honestly at first I thought I'm gonna be so disappointed in this book. People don't get me wrong, but I'm sick and tired of people full of prejudices in every book. You know, things like if I'm beautiful I can only be friend with beautiful people. Every time I read book when you have those people I want to yell "GET OVER YOURSELF". But then I do understand that, because I guess that's how teens works, honestly I was never "regular teen", and I live on the other side of the planet, and thanks to my parents who raised me. But when Avery and Cal started doing serious things, I was worried. That was really serious, and I started to understand characters better, especially Marco and Lindsey. I was thinking to give this book 4 or 5 stars, and it deserve 5 stars. It's realistic and after the ending and all those tears I had no doubts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Review originally posted at Doodle's Book Blog I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading Changing My Wardrobe. Deb Hanrahan created a very realistic story that depicts what can happen with the constant verbal onslaught of negative comments towards another. It's the night before Lindsey's first day of high school and she wants this year to be different from her experience in junior high. She invites Teeny over to pick out an outfit that will help change her image. Even though she is unco Review originally posted at Doodle's Book Blog I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading Changing My Wardrobe. Deb Hanrahan created a very realistic story that depicts what can happen with the constant verbal onslaught of negative comments towards another. It's the night before Lindsey's first day of high school and she wants this year to be different from her experience in junior high. She invites Teeny over to pick out an outfit that will help change her image. Even though she is uncomfortable in what she's wearing, she goes to school and has a successful first day. Little does she know that it won't stop Avery's harsh words. There are so many characters that held a big influence in this book, but I'm only going to talk about four of them. First we have our main character Lindsey. All throughout junior high she was made fun of and called a mouse by Avery. She lacked confidence and changing her clothes gave her the confidence she needed. There were some tough choices she had to make and I understand the reasons behind those choices. Her best friend, Teeny, was such a strong character. She wanted to do things her way and not involve any adults to figure out a solution. Avery was the epitome of a bully. She made snotty unwarranted comments and thought she could lie her way through everything. Finally, we have Marco. The boy who doesn't just see through Lindsey, he actually sees her. After spending time with her he finally makes Lindsey understand that people like her, she's just too blind to see it. Changing My Wardrobe has left me with mixed feelings. On one hand it was a fantastic book that holds a life lesson or two. On the other hand, the summary didn't lie; I was shocked and upset by how it had to end for those lessons to be taught. Overall, I enjoyed reading it and understand that the ending had to be the way it was for any impact on the reader to be made. I would recommend this book to readers of all ages, especially teenagers. FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Scarlett Janeway-keck

    Spoilers possible. I guess I should of kept the description words in mind but I did not think it be that tragic and of course soul-crushing. So I should not be surprised or as upset about the ending after reading that but I am. That was ******* depressing and the worst ending to a book ever I don't read books for to end on a freaking sad note of someone dying. I know that it happens a lot gun violence runs rampant in the world. Just look at what happened at Sandy Hook and how people like the NRA Spoilers possible. I guess I should of kept the description words in mind but I did not think it be that tragic and of course soul-crushing. So I should not be surprised or as upset about the ending after reading that but I am. That was ******* depressing and the worst ending to a book ever I don't read books for to end on a freaking sad note of someone dying. I know that it happens a lot gun violence runs rampant in the world. Just look at what happened at Sandy Hook and how people like the NRA don't give a darn to do anything about it, but man I read books to get away from the sad reality of life events like this. I hate how some people could have so much hate and jealousy to retort to bullying and murder some parents just are not good to their kids they should love them and protect them and not treat them badly. I feel so bad for Marco he should not have to deal with yet another lost in his young life and poor Teeny having to live with the fact that should was the one targeted but lived I could never know how that grief and guilt would be on a person. I enjoyed the book up until that horrible last chapter I never knew the childish pranks would lead to that bad of an outcome but yes it does happen. I guess it hurts me more since I've never been personal apart or knew someone personal effected by gun violence or bullying that went so far. Also I do want to say it was a very well written book my low rating just reflects the fact it ending on a somewhat unhappily ever after I just can't stand sad ending things even though that how life goes sometimes everything can't always be happy. If life did not have its ups and downs it be like a flat line on an EKG machine which means your dead we need the highs and lows in life to experience all range of emotions. The low times build us up to make us stronger and learn how to deal with things when you fall down you have to pick yourself back up. So good job of making me cry and basically crushing my soul your description of the book was spot on and it totally came out of left field I had not thought it would end with someone actually dying.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tana

    Changing My Wardrobe by Deb Hanrahan This is Deb Hanrahan first novel, I enjoyed her writing, and the plot was great, loved the characters and never once put the book down. This is a tragic story and one I would say ever high school youth should read. Deb Hanrahan has written a story of a young woman who just wanted to fit in and make her high school years better then what she dealt with in middle school. We meet Lindsey who is a smart young woman, who maybe in middle school didn’t have the best f Changing My Wardrobe by Deb Hanrahan This is Deb Hanrahan first novel, I enjoyed her writing, and the plot was great, loved the characters and never once put the book down. This is a tragic story and one I would say ever high school youth should read. Deb Hanrahan has written a story of a young woman who just wanted to fit in and make her high school years better then what she dealt with in middle school. We meet Lindsey who is a smart young woman, who maybe in middle school didn’t have the best fashion sense but received good grades. Teeny her best friend who has always been there for no matter what she wore. The first day of high school is the next day and Lindsey wants to make a fresh start. Teeny is right there to help her. Lindsey meets Marco on the first day of school and he is cute and seems to like Lindsey. Then we get to meet Avery the one who tormented Lindsey all through middle school and to make matters worse Avery has a boyfriend named Cal who is just as mean ....... Put all these great character’s together and you end up with a fantastic read. This story makes you feel and remember what high school was like good and bad. Deb Hanrahan has written a terrific/realistic novel and the ending shocked me to my core. I have to give Changing My Wardrobe 4 stars; the writing was great, the issue of bullying is so important, All Young Adults and parents should read this novel to remember and to keep your eyes open. Fantastic Read!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beckie

    Okay, so let me first begin by saying that this is one of those books that you should never judge by the cover because if you do you will end up missing an amazing story. I was asked by the author to read and review Changing My Wardrobe and was sent a print copy of the book in the mail but was somewhat skeptical by the cover. No, it is not a bad cover choice just not something I would pick up off the book store shelf but I loved the synopsis of the book and read it. Let me tell you I am very hap Okay, so let me first begin by saying that this is one of those books that you should never judge by the cover because if you do you will end up missing an amazing story. I was asked by the author to read and review Changing My Wardrobe and was sent a print copy of the book in the mail but was somewhat skeptical by the cover. No, it is not a bad cover choice just not something I would pick up off the book store shelf but I loved the synopsis of the book and read it. Let me tell you I am very happy I did. This book was such a diamond in the ruff and ever so fun to read. The story, character's and plot twist makes Changing My Wardrobe a very entertaining, fast paced, enjoyable book to read and own. In the beginning of the book we meet the main character Lindsay as she gets ready to start High School. Unlike middle school Lindsay does not want to be her usual nerdy self so with the help of her best friend, Teeny she decides to start fresh and change her clothing to better suit her personality as well as finally have others notice her. Although Lindsey is afraid that someone she knew from middle school will too and once again she will be bullied. By who else but Avery. Avery will find anyway she can to make Lindsay feel bad and pick on her relentlessly just because she can. Later the reader will find out that Avery bullies both Lindsay and Teeny because of her own hidden messed up life. On the first day of school Lindsay sees a new boy she has never meet before and she acts shy towards him. Even with her new look how could she think that someone could like her being as hot as Marco is. Little does she know Marco is crushing on Lindsay as well. Later Lindsay and her friends, and possible boyfriend, Marco try to work to find a way to get Avery to stop bulling them. Marco is now torn because Avery's boyfriend is his cousin Cal and Marco feels sorry for the life Cal has to deal with. In the end things get worst and the unthinkable happens....To find out what happens with all of there struggles you will need to read this book. I wont give anymore away but you will so be glad you picked up this book. As I did not mention all of the characters within the story of the book, each one plays a important roll throughout the book which makes for a wonderful read. I loved the relationship between Teeny and Lindsay. They would do anything for each other. There bond gave the book such a heartwarming appeal. Marco and Lindsay worked very well together and I loved to see there relationship bloom throughout the book. I also loved reading about how someone can stick up for themselves even after being bullied, no matter what the outcome because no one should be hurt the way the character's in the book where. I will say the end left in tears, and I would have never guess what happen would have, but honestly this part spoke to me because I was bullied all through High school and I believe this book will touch anyone who knows what it feels like to not be seen as yourself. Author, Deb Hanrahan has written a beautiful and heartbreaking novel but in a way that I feel can and will speak to the reader the book. Each word was so elegantly written with a purpose to inspire the reader and make you think. I will say before I end here soon - Anyone who wants to read a book about, friendship, love, hardships, and the path to finding a way to just be normal read Changing My Wardrobe. You will not be disappointed you did. Remember never judge a book by the cover, or you may miss something wonderful with.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Junying

    First and foremost, I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t very sure what to expect when I purchased it from Amazon, because YA is not my usual read and I didn’t know if the subject of modern-day American high school would have any relevance to my completely different upbringing in China, a country vastly different in almost everything, especially the education system. To my pleasant surprise, I found Deb Hanrahan’s book an easy fast read and had me thoroughly entertained throughout, except at the First and foremost, I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t very sure what to expect when I purchased it from Amazon, because YA is not my usual read and I didn’t know if the subject of modern-day American high school would have any relevance to my completely different upbringing in China, a country vastly different in almost everything, especially the education system. To my pleasant surprise, I found Deb Hanrahan’s book an easy fast read and had me thoroughly entertained throughout, except at the very end when it had me in tears last night. I would not want to spoil the contents for those who will want to read this wonderful book, suffice it to say that I’ve found the characters totally believable and I could easily picture them in my head as I read the book. Despite the cultural differences, I found it informative and an uplifting story. I felt as if I’ve been taken to school in a different continent! It dealt with the issue of bullying which is a universal problem, although it may take different forms. The author developed her characters on different levels and explored their everyday life and emotions for that particular age group really well. I felt drawn towards its main protagonist and felt her pain, fear and happiness. The writing is fluid and the ending was beautifully done. It’s a wonderful skill to keep the readers interested from beginning to end. I have no doubt that this book will bring back memories for adults which are probably buried long ago. For those currently at school, you may even spot someone you know or yourself there. In short, I would recommend it to anyone who has been to school, and it does not matter where and when.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Changing my Wardrobe tackles a harsh subject. Bullying is a major problem for a lot of teens and it was great to read a book on this topic. I do have to say that I liked Lindsey's friends more than Lindsey for most of the book. I wanted to like Lindsey but she treated Jocelyn poorly. Her thoughts and actions did not show Lindsey in a good light. At times, the dialogue between the characters felt flat. Teeny stole the spotlight from Lindsey on many occasions. I almost think the story would have be Changing my Wardrobe tackles a harsh subject. Bullying is a major problem for a lot of teens and it was great to read a book on this topic. I do have to say that I liked Lindsey's friends more than Lindsey for most of the book. I wanted to like Lindsey but she treated Jocelyn poorly. Her thoughts and actions did not show Lindsey in a good light. At times, the dialogue between the characters felt flat. Teeny stole the spotlight from Lindsey on many occasions. I almost think the story would have been stronger if it had been told from Teeny's POV instead of Lindsey's. The ending completely shocked me and almost redeemed Lindsey in my eyes. Very powerful ending. Seriously gripping. I love theme of this story and wish more YA books would tackle this subject. I do have to add that the book would have benefited from a proofreader.

  8. 4 out of 5

    A. Powers

    Fast paced and easy to read, but the end felt too forced and way too rushed, even for the already fast pace.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Book Whales

    Originally posted @ Book Whales ‘As my iPod played “Cosmic Love” by Florence + the Machine, the growing pile of clothes on my bedroom floor made me anxious. I stood in front of my full-length mirror, trying on the last outfit that I owned. My closet was empty, and I still had nothing to wear for my first day of high school. The sun was setting, and I was running out of time.’ Alright, I’m going to start of with a little litany about myself when I started reading this book. At first, I actually loo Originally posted @ Book Whales ‘As my iPod played “Cosmic Love” by Florence + the Machine, the growing pile of clothes on my bedroom floor made me anxious. I stood in front of my full-length mirror, trying on the last outfit that I owned. My closet was empty, and I still had nothing to wear for my first day of high school. The sun was setting, and I was running out of time.’ Alright, I’m going to start of with a little litany about myself when I started reading this book. At first, I actually looked at my copy and actually browsed how many pages this would be in my reader and it was about 138 pages that’s why I procrastinated before reading this. As I have told you before I’m seriously a fast reader. Maybe it’s because everyday I read fanfictions in the Internet when I don’t have a novel to read and that’s my hobby. So, to wrap it up I’ve read this book for about 3-4 hours and after finishing it, I’m writing my review now with tears in my eyes. This novel is an easy fast read and it’s like reading a diary of some sorts. It depicts the life of a teenage girl who’s trying to get out from her stereotypical self when she was in junior high and reinventing herself once she enters High School. This made me remember the typical angst of us, even if we are not in our teens anymore, to look presentable because we want others to have a good first impression of us. The book shows how people value what others saw them and it also become the source of several hurt and misunderstandings. Ms. Deb Hanrahan’s characters in the story really depict different types of teenagers and normal people here in our world and I absolutely adore them. I feel like I know each and everyone of them even the ever-elusive father of Marco or the non-presence parents of Cal. I love Lindsey, in her untrustful, kind and unsure personality of hers. Despite the fact that she changes some bits of herself, which I think was only the way she dresses; she still stayed true to herself. She never changed her attitude on being an honor student and being happy to get any extra credit she can. There is also a part where I think that she really showed that she’s like any other teenager where she was a bit prejudice when she met Jocelyn and she can’t help but feel like she’s intruding in her small but tight group of three. Jocelyn suddenly entering really shook her and it made her feel like she was outside of her comfort zone. Being close of, it takes a lot for her to accept someone new and it may come from the fact that she was bullied through name calling when she was in Junior High. Teeny, her ever-loyal best friend, is almost the direct opposite of her. She the typical everyone wants to be friends with. She’s quirky and every bit a unique fashionista. She’s very strong in her own way although at times you can see her break down when everything else fails. She takes loyalty to heart and at times you might feel like she approach some things the wrong way but I find her very strong. Grouper, Teeny’s twin and the other friend in Lindsey’s group, is your very funny and laid back guy. Although, he doesn’t show his funny side in the story, he just claimed it and that it comes with the hair, the group can’t be without him. Grouper is the person you can ask for opinions regarding certain matter and he would tell it to you directly and you can really appreciate his advice. He’s certainly the mood maker and the person you would really want to be around you. Jocelyn, the very talkative girl in Lindsey’s gym class, is as Grouper says, “Jocelyn is weird; she knows it, and she doesn’t care. That’s part of the reason why she’s so awesome. She is who she is, take her or leave her.” And despite Lindsey’s wariness against her, Jocelyn is really a likable character. And then there is Marco! What can I say about Marco? For me, he’s your dream guy. He’s like the guy you've been searching your whole life for. (or I’m just exaggerating) The only problem with Marco is he cares too much that he’s sometimes blind to a fault and he always smell like chlorine. Lindsey thinks that sexy but for me… I’m not so sure but that’s not important. Lastly, the antagonist of the story, Avery and Cal. They are the popular people in the story with a really bad history. Their meanness came rooted from the fact that their parents kind of abandon them or criticize them to a point. The way Ms. Deb compared their character with Anikin from Star Wars and you can’t help but just agree with it. One thing I’m having ambiguous feelings with is the ending of the story. That one made me cry but it made me think that it’s not necessarily needed. I mean we can do without it but I think the author wants to make something different and send a lesson with it but I’m not so sure with the ending although I won't tell you what’s it all about because that is for you to find out and it would really add spice when you reach the end. Overall, I like this book because it shows a lot of teenage angst minus all the drama because in a sense you won’t see the characters whine about the situation but it makes you realize a lot of things. It makes you see that whether you’re a villain or maybe a hero, there is always a story behind you and why you became like that. This also gave some prospective to families out there how things that are happening in our life and the way we are came from the way our family raise us. I recommend this book to fellow teens, to our parents, and even to those people who are not in their teens anymore but they want to relieve some memories that happened in their high school life. Rating:

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Hussain

    OMG I rated this book 5 stars because....... 😮😮😮😮Just wow Deb you truly are an amazing author i hope to be one one day all i can say is i got this book for free and i cannot recommend this enough the storyline is just amazing and Deb you Need to make the second book I am begging you please, anyone reading this review make sure you get the book, if you don't you are missing out on a lot☺ OMG I rated this book 5 stars because....... 😮😮😮😮Just wow Deb you truly are an amazing author i hope to be one one day all i can say is i got this book for free and i cannot recommend this enough the storyline is just amazing and Deb you Need to make the second book I am begging you please, anyone reading this review make sure you get the book, if you don't you are missing out on a lot☺

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Nicholson

    Good book Needed to be expanded on. The story would be better if it had more information in each chapter to explain things more

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kiki

    I seem to be more and more compelled to write reviews on YA books that are brave enough to tackle "hush, hush" topics. Deb Hanrahan steps up to the plate in Changing My Wardrobe and tackles one giant of a topic in today's society, bullying. There are many forms of bullying and most people attribute the term to the physical form done by the stereotypical cliques. The kid being shoved into the locker, the toilet swirls, or the popular uneven fist fight. But today, more and more bullying is done ve I seem to be more and more compelled to write reviews on YA books that are brave enough to tackle "hush, hush" topics. Deb Hanrahan steps up to the plate in Changing My Wardrobe and tackles one giant of a topic in today's society, bullying. There are many forms of bullying and most people attribute the term to the physical form done by the stereotypical cliques. The kid being shoved into the locker, the toilet swirls, or the popular uneven fist fight. But today, more and more bullying is done verbally, and done by everyone. The old "sticks and stones.." no longer applies. Not only do the words hurt, they sometimes kill. Students, and adults for that matter, have many more venues to accomplish their trash talking. It is no longer just the gossip in the halls, or the vandalism on the bathroom wall. Today, we have Facebook, Twitter, and cellphones to accomplish even more damage. This is what I enjoyed most about this book. It tackled this form of bullying and showed the natural reaction of the teens involved, the adults surrounding them, and even the fellow students. It was very sad to read the reality that this book puts boldly in your face. Lindsey is your typical teen starting her first year of high school. She is a very bright, intelligent, and responsible young lady. She is every parents dream of what we want our children to be like. But what we find out quickly is that Lindsey is scared, petrified really. In junior high Lindsey was picked on for being a "nerd". She never stood up for herself and let girls, especially one girl, Avery, walk all over her. To put it lightly, junior high was hell for her, and she decides she is going to take high school as the opportunity to be a totally different girl. She knows she is not willing to give up her grades, or even her feelings about right and wrong to accomplish this goal. She is convinced by her best friend, Teeny, that a new wardrobe will create a new Lindsey. So she starts her first day with her old friends, Teeny and Grouper, a new sense of style and hopefully a new outlook. This doesn't stop Lindsey from still being pessimistic because it doesn't take long for the same old, same old to start up again with Avery and her scum of the earth boyfriend, Cal. But this time Lindsey discovers high school really can be different as she earns a new vocal ally in Jocelyn and a gorgeous guy, Marco. With her group of friends growing, and a real boyfriend, Lindsey finally feels more comfortable in her own skin and the drama seems to cool. As Lindsey is getting it together Avery and Cal make a switch to Teeny. Now Lindsey has to come completely out of her shell and stop being the victim and start being the protector of her best friend. The story continues on with some exciting twists and turns that I refuse to give out. The biggest shocker coming at the end. You know something big is about to happen, but you will never guess what does. I am not exaggerating when I say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Beyond the plot, I loved how when you read you really felt like you were in the mind of a teen. The dialog seemed very much like something I would hear in my high school classroom. I also enjoyed the view of the other side of the coin where you see the life of the bully. What makes the bully tick and might cause them to be the way they are. I found it very interesting that at times, once they found out, the main characters felt sympathy for Avery and Cal due to their situations. That quickly changed when they discovered some people are just evil. I enjoyed this roller coaster ride of emotions and hope you will soon take the ride as well. ~Kiki

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    First let me start off by saying I'm so happy I decided to join this blog tour. This book was so good and very eye opening. Having a child in school it always makes me worry about bullies and bullying, even if the school has a zero tolerance policy you just never know what is happening or what can happen because no one wants to tell on anyone else. Nobody wants to be the rat, but sometimes you have to, no matter what can happen. We meet Lindsey, Grouper and Teeny who are three best friends getti First let me start off by saying I'm so happy I decided to join this blog tour. This book was so good and very eye opening. Having a child in school it always makes me worry about bullies and bullying, even if the school has a zero tolerance policy you just never know what is happening or what can happen because no one wants to tell on anyone else. Nobody wants to be the rat, but sometimes you have to, no matter what can happen. We meet Lindsey, Grouper and Teeny who are three best friends getting ready to start their first year in high school, which is life changing in itself. Lindsey is worried about having any classes or any interaction with Avery who has been bullying her since grade school. Unfortunately they have gym together. This is where she meets Jocelyn who Lindsey thinks is weird but it's better than being by yourself. Jocelyn turns out to be a great asset in Lindsey's life as well as her friends. The first day of school Lindsey also meets Marco. Who to her is unbelievably cute and she takes a chance and befriends him. Turns out good for her because he's really interested in her as well. The five of them do everything together. They even have movie nights on Friday a tradition that started out by accident. Throughout all of this Avery is still picking on Lindsey but now she sets her eyes on Teeny. Lindsey and Teeny happen to run into Avery and her mom at the store where they get a first hand view of how Avery is treated at home. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree in this book. Avery treats Lindsey and Teeny the same way her mother treats her. It's not an excuse but we see where she gets it from. Because of this incident Avery has her eyes on Teeny and is ready for some revenge. Throughout the book you see all the little things Avery and her boyfriend do to the group, it starts out little but ends on a much bigger note. This book really shows you how out of hand things can get, when all they had to do was go to an adult instead of trying to solve things yourself. These are principles we always try to instill in our children but it never works out because they don't want to tell on anyone and they want to believe that they can handle it themselves. Bullying is not something you should have to endure or handle yourself this is something that should be told and be helped with. There have been many movies and great books such as this that shows this predicament. I think this book is a really great learning tool for young people and something everyone should read. It bought tears to my eyes by the end of this and I felt bad for everyone involved. I don't want to go into too much details because I believe you should read this book. Characters: The characters were very realistic and relateable, it could be your best friend or even just someone you know, whether it be on the receiving end or the giving end. If you know something you should tell someone. I feel very strongly about this, I have never been bullied but I've known many who were and there are always dire consequences. This book really touched me and I hope you give it a chance. Cover: At the beginning I didn't really get the cover too much, but now that I've read through the whole thing I think the cover fits it perfectly. I love how they made it seem like the girl is shattered with the look of worry on her face. Recommend: Absolutely! I can't give this book enough praise, make sure you pick it up next time you see it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)

    I knew before reading this book that it would be something that I wanted to share with my younger sisters. Even though I had a few issues with this book, for the most part, the main story line was great and something that needs to be covered more in YA books. First I will start off with what I didn’t like about this book, the main character and the dialogue between the characters. As much as I had in common with the main character Lindsey, I found her extremely hard to connect with. I was part of I knew before reading this book that it would be something that I wanted to share with my younger sisters. Even though I had a few issues with this book, for the most part, the main story line was great and something that needs to be covered more in YA books. First I will start off with what I didn’t like about this book, the main character and the dialogue between the characters. As much as I had in common with the main character Lindsey, I found her extremely hard to connect with. I was part of National Honor Society, I am the older sister, I have had crushes, and I have had moments where I just wanted, needed a change. It would make an incredible amount of sense if I could connect and feel something towards this character, however, there was something about her that didn’t sit well with me. She is meant to come off as a smart girl with a good head on her shoulders, which she totally is but her personality felt completely flat. Her thoughts, feelings, and even the conversations she had with other characters was just lacking something. She obviously loved her friend, Teeny dearly (and I did too but I will get to that in a moment) but the thoughts she had about other characters seemed harsh and rather snotty. When she thought about her oddball friend, Jocelyn, I couldn’t believe how resentful she was! So without the connection of the main character, it was hard to truly LOVE this story. Also, the dialogue between the characters was a bit awkward. Most of it flowed nicely but some of what they said to each other kind of made me scratch my head in confusion. The dialogue wasn’t terrible, I have definitely read much worse, but it just didn’t seem all that genuine. Even those I had these few issues with the book,there were a few positives that I really liked! Lindsey’s best friend, Teeny was remarkable! In fact, I think Teeny could have just stole the spotlight on more than one occasion in this book. Her personality was charming, fun, quirky, and original. She brought a certain brightness to this story exactly when we needed it. Had the book been from her point of view, there is no doubt I would have enjoyed it a bit more. She was so fun to read about! Another part that I loved about the book was the topic that it revolved around, bullying. We see the victim’s side of bullying in this heartbreaking story. I can honestly say that even though I wanted to read this book to gain a better understanding, it made me extremely sad. At first the bullying is merely an afterthought in the story. We are just seeing how Lindsey interacts with her friends, family, and crush as she happens to hear a few random, hurtful comments from a girl in class. However, about midway through the story, the bullying that Lindsey and her friends start receiving begins to escalate at an alarming rate. The bullying in this story is not the physical kind. It is name calling, reputation ruining, cyber bullying. This type of bullying can be so harmful to so many people and I really commend Deb for tackling such a tough subject. I have seen first hand just how painful and damaging a mean text message can be. Or when an inappropriate picture of you is spread around to everyone, that can just ruin someone. It is not an easy subject to talk about, it can be very painful, but Deb really did a good job at it. Yes, there were some things I didn’t like about this book, but in the end there is still a great lesson to be learned from Changing My Wardrobe!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Darian Wilk

    Changing My Wardrobe is about a freshman, Lindsey, who desperately wants a fresh start entering high school. With her friends Grouper and Teeny by her side, she musters a bit of courage and hopes to forget her tormentor, Avery, and breathe some life into her life. For a time, it seems things might turn around. Lindsey meets a boy that changes her life, Teeny makes the cheer team, and Grouper makes the swim team and finds love. But after an incident at the mall, Avery’s vengeance switches focus f Changing My Wardrobe is about a freshman, Lindsey, who desperately wants a fresh start entering high school. With her friends Grouper and Teeny by her side, she musters a bit of courage and hopes to forget her tormentor, Avery, and breathe some life into her life. For a time, it seems things might turn around. Lindsey meets a boy that changes her life, Teeny makes the cheer team, and Grouper makes the swim team and finds love. But after an incident at the mall, Avery’s vengeance switches focus from Lindsey, to Lindsey’s best friend Teeny. Does Lindsey find the courage to save her best friend? And can she keep the boy of her dreams in the process? I’ll start off by saying that I am not one who reads YA novels by choice. Typically if you spot me reading one I’m only doing so to make sure it’s ok for my daughter to read. And that was the case with this book. I bought it on the heels of my daughter getting her first taste of bullies. I have to give it Hanrahan, because it doesn’t take long before you’re pulled into the story and forget entirely that you’re reading a book you purchased for your daughter. Changing My Wardrobe touches on a lot of subjects, first loves, bullies, sexting, drugs, and the need for acceptance and belonging teenagers so often crave. And you might think there’s no way to cover so many issues teens face without smothering the story with life lessons through an adult’s voice. But this novel doesn’t reek of the preachiness so many have before it. It approaches these subjects with a fast moving plot, intriguing characters teens can relate to, suspense and twists you could never see coming. Throughout the book you’ll find real problems kids face, realistic reactions, and solid advice for them slipped into witty dialogue. This is a book you just have to keep reading. So many times when reading, even if you absolutely love the book, endings are pretty predictable. This ending, well, powerful is the word that comes to mind. I won’t spoil it, but this book almost made me cry. And keep in mind, I don’t cry over books, ever. I would absolutely recommend this book to teens and adults alike. Hanrahan does a superb job of touching on some tough issues through a teens eyes, slipping into the twisting plot some real nuggets of solid advice that teens can sink their teeth into. If you’re a fan of YA, try this book. If you’ve got teens, try this book. Sometimes when you read a book you wonder how it got such high rated reviews, that’s not the case here. Every star is well deserved. Copied from my blog CrazyLadywithaPen.blogspot.com

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    I was really surprised by Changing My Wardrobe, and I mean that in a good way. I read the blurb for the book and thought it looked very interesting, but then I wasn't sure, because I don't usually read too many sad stories. However, the importance of the message in the blurb was one that I couldn't pass by. When I first started reading the book, I thought well this is going to be a good book for tweens and teens - young girl starting her first year of high school, wants to change her image becau I was really surprised by Changing My Wardrobe, and I mean that in a good way. I read the blurb for the book and thought it looked very interesting, but then I wasn't sure, because I don't usually read too many sad stories. However, the importance of the message in the blurb was one that I couldn't pass by. When I first started reading the book, I thought well this is going to be a good book for tweens and teens - young girl starting her first year of high school, wants to change her image because she has been teased in junior high, cool best friend to help her, cute guy likes her and becomes her boyfriend, the mean girl....yeah, I thought, perfect sweet read for teens. It made me think about all the drama that goes on in high school and how I would never want to do that again. Then the story began to intensify. Lindsey and Marco end up at a friend's party, only there are drugs and alcohol there, which leads to a police raid. The bullying takes a much more serious turn, i.e., text messages, pictures, facebook, drugs, and even physical altercations against Teeny, Lindsey's BFF. By the time I reached this point in the book, I now understood what the author meant in the book description. Let me interject at this point that I loved the characters, well except for Avery, but Avery plays her part well. Deb Hanrahan has done an outstanding job writing this story. The message portrayed in this book regarding the different perspectives on bullying is superbly done. The story line and plot are very believable and are written in such a way that preteens and teens can identify with, enjoy, and learn from. It is also great for parents to read, and if you have kids, I would suggest doing that. Let me tell you, Deb Hanrahan isn't kidding when she says this story will leave the reader shocked and heartbroken. I can't elaborate anymore on that without spoiling it, but I will say that I thought about this book for a very long time after I read it. Even though it was heartbreaking, the author has written the ending in such a way that as the reader, you are able to come to terms with what happens much easier and are not left just hanging there. Overall, this is an excellent book and I highly recommend it for all teens and parents.

  17. 4 out of 5

    heather - NightlyReading

    I must start off by saying that this book is haunting. It left me thinking about it still, for hours and days after reading it. I am going to try to do my best here without spoiling anything for anyone. Lindsey has always been a nerd and when she is about to start her first day of high school, she is looking for a change. She seeks the advice of her BFF, Teeny to help. Teeny is more than willing to help Lindsey finally break free of Avery and her minions. Avery has made Lindsey’s junior high year I must start off by saying that this book is haunting. It left me thinking about it still, for hours and days after reading it. I am going to try to do my best here without spoiling anything for anyone. Lindsey has always been a nerd and when she is about to start her first day of high school, she is looking for a change. She seeks the advice of her BFF, Teeny to help. Teeny is more than willing to help Lindsey finally break free of Avery and her minions. Avery has made Lindsey’s junior high years difficult. She is always teasing her and making her feel stupid and low. Throughout the book you get a look at what a typical few months in high school can be like for a teenager. The worries of homework, grades, friends and often…bullying. The group of friends try very hard to come up with different ways to keep Avery and her friends at bay. It’s not until they think that they have everything figured out that things seem to really heat up! The ending will SHOCK YOU!!! That is what haunts me the most…it takes a terrible thing for Lindsey to finally figure out that what she really wanted in the end was to be with her loved ones. And after everything she goes through and what she fights for, she loses. That is about all that I can say without revealing too much. You will just have to read the book for yourself. I highly recommend it for a young teen and I think that I might just pass it on to my 13-year-old tonight to read. Although this book is a work of fiction, tragedies happen like this everyday. Come check out an interview with the author on my blog! http://www.nightlyreading.wordpress.com

  18. 4 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog Because I don't want to spoil things for future readers, I will be very short in my review. There was something about the premise of Changing My Wardrobe that had me wanting to read the book. I went into the book without any expectations and in turn ended up being shell-shocked. I was so astounded by the events that occurred in the book that it took me some while to gather my thoughts. The book really got me thinking about the whole issue of bullying. Fr Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog Because I don't want to spoil things for future readers, I will be very short in my review. There was something about the premise of Changing My Wardrobe that had me wanting to read the book. I went into the book without any expectations and in turn ended up being shell-shocked. I was so astounded by the events that occurred in the book that it took me some while to gather my thoughts. The book really got me thinking about the whole issue of bullying. From where I come, in schools, bullying cases are very rare and it's never really happened to me while I was in school. Deb Hanrahan's book was a serious mind-opener. Since I've never been in the shoes of a bully victim before, I had no idea what he or she felt like, but the book really depicted this well. Changing My Wardrobe may seem like the conventional YA contemporary book, but I assure you it wasn't. It was a somewhat dark and scary story, because once you finish reading you realize that this is something that might happen in real life. The book managed to really extract emotions from me and trust me, none of it was a happy one. I felt fear, pain, anger and eventually, utter sorrow. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough. I strongly believe that each and everyone should read this book. Be warned that this isn't a happily ever after kind of book. Instead, the ending will have your gut-wrenching. Changing My Wardrobe was a dark, complex tale that touched the delicate theme of bullying. It will stupefy you and have you breathless.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Latoya

    First I want to say that I absolutely loved this story. I think everyone should read this book whether you have young kids, old kids or no kids. I also believe everyone knows a Lindsey or an Avery or was one or the other themselves. Bullying is so big in children nowadays, having books like this available to children is a great deal. It's like an outsider looking in and understanding the different aspects of bullying and how and why some people become bullies. This story touched me because it som First I want to say that I absolutely loved this story. I think everyone should read this book whether you have young kids, old kids or no kids. I also believe everyone knows a Lindsey or an Avery or was one or the other themselves. Bullying is so big in children nowadays, having books like this available to children is a great deal. It's like an outsider looking in and understanding the different aspects of bullying and how and why some people become bullies. This story touched me because it somewhat reminded me of myself when I began high school in some ways. Except I didn't have a Teeny or Grouper to be my "cheerleaders". I thought it was really good Lindsey had her two best friends to lift her up and give her some of the confidence she needed. We also get a glimpse of where Avery learns her behavior; and it is quite unfortunate. Bullying is so big in children nowadays, having books like this available to children is a great deal. It's like an outsider looking in and understanding the different aspects of bullying and how and why some people become bullies. I think the characters in this book were very "real" and relatable to our everyday world. There were parts of the story where I wanted to jump in and put Avery in her place. There were parts I wanted to cry and there were parts where I did cry. I won't give too much away because I want and think EVERYONE should read this book. Everyone should own it and embrace it. The author did a really good job of putting an important issue today on paper.

  20. 4 out of 5

    R.P. Dahlke

    this is an incredibly well written YA and something that should get an award somewhere! I'm not a teenager, but I loved the characters and the message of how terribly important it is to understand when a teenager is suffering. It should be part of a YA discussion group. For anyone who has ever been bullied, this story rings true on every level and will charm the reader with wry wit and humor. Though Lindsey prefers good grades over fashion, her friend Teeny helps her step into the troublesome ne this is an incredibly well written YA and something that should get an award somewhere! I'm not a teenager, but I loved the characters and the message of how terribly important it is to understand when a teenager is suffering. It should be part of a YA discussion group. For anyone who has ever been bullied, this story rings true on every level and will charm the reader with wry wit and humor. Though Lindsey prefers good grades over fashion, her friend Teeny helps her step into the troublesome new world of high school with a change of wardrobe, and along the way, some cool techniques to help her overcome the ever-present school bully. The bully, of course, remains a constant, dogging Lindsey's every move, but then the author gives us an insight on why the bully is the way she is, and some powerful tools against bullies in general in the form of new friends who also offer up the bond of good friendship, and in Lindsey's case, a first romantic relationship. I think anyone, from teen to adult, can relate to this story. The ending has a dramatic twist to it that I found disturbing, but then I'm sure young teens will like the drama. This is an excellent book teens to read and discuss. It's appropriate for twelve and thirteen and up.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Hill

    I had fully planned on giving this a 4-star rating since this appeared to be the typical young adult novel. It dealt with topics such as cyber-bullying, drug use, young love, and friendship. I was certain that I knew how everything would end, and this would be a book to which I could give a typical YA review, and all would be well. It even followed the typical formula by being told from the first person perspective. I have to admit that I am still reeling from the ending. I am not giving any spoi I had fully planned on giving this a 4-star rating since this appeared to be the typical young adult novel. It dealt with topics such as cyber-bullying, drug use, young love, and friendship. I was certain that I knew how everything would end, and this would be a book to which I could give a typical YA review, and all would be well. It even followed the typical formula by being told from the first person perspective. I have to admit that I am still reeling from the ending. I am not giving any spoilers whatsoever, but I have to say that this is not your typical YA novel. This is reality, and it is written in a very easy-to-read format. The book is short and to the point, and I would recommend this anyone who likes YA books. This is a timely book that really deals with the issue of cyber bullying and the contributing factors. Yes, there is some profanity, but I will tell you that it really did not bother me. This is a book that will surprise and shock the reader, and it is one of the most realistic books I have read in ages. I don't want to say any more lest I give away the story. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Witchbaby

    I love people who are so in your face that they don't mind tackling the "hush hush". And Ms Hanrahan tackled finding yourself & bullying in this book, with panache. I don't want to give anything away, but you will find yourself (as an adult) questioning the relationships in your childrens (neice's/nephew's/friends) lives. I don't want to give away anything of the story, but that makes it really hard to write the review. Lindsey (the kid that every parent wishes they had; intelligent, kind and re I love people who are so in your face that they don't mind tackling the "hush hush". And Ms Hanrahan tackled finding yourself & bullying in this book, with panache. I don't want to give anything away, but you will find yourself (as an adult) questioning the relationships in your childrens (neice's/nephew's/friends) lives. I don't want to give away anything of the story, but that makes it really hard to write the review. Lindsey (the kid that every parent wishes they had; intelligent, kind and responsible) starts her first day of high school, dressed in clothes her best friend, Teeny, picked out; but she is still feeling extremely painfully paranoid and truly petrified . You see in junior high she was tormented daily by the QBIT (queen bitch in training), Avery, and her squad of popular girls. And she is worried that QBIT will come after her again this year and she doesn't know if she can handle another year of torment. During the course of the story you'll see how one "borrowed" phone & a sneaky bit of photoshopping equals scandal, and that in this day of facebook, twitter, cell phones, & instant connection - you are never truly alone, and this book pushes that knowledge front & center. Forewarning: this isn't a happily ever after kind of story

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I won this book through Goodreads First Reads. As you can see from my rating I felt that this was an excellent book... A sad reminder of the pain that so many kids go through everyday due to bullies... but, as we are told so many times, "They are just kids." or "They will grow up and get passed this." I hope someday our country wakes up to the fact that there is not such thing as "just kids" and realize that pain is pain. As an early childhood teacher I see the pain that kids inflict on one anoth I won this book through Goodreads First Reads. As you can see from my rating I felt that this was an excellent book... A sad reminder of the pain that so many kids go through everyday due to bullies... but, as we are told so many times, "They are just kids." or "They will grow up and get passed this." I hope someday our country wakes up to the fact that there is not such thing as "just kids" and realize that pain is pain. As an early childhood teacher I see the pain that kids inflict on one another purposefully. They see it from adults in their lives and feel that it is okay, but it isn't and I won't accept it. I refuse to let bullies run my classroom and I know many others who have taken the same stance. I also appreciate the parents who have refused to let their child be the bully!! That take courage for them to say that their child is hurting others, and I respect that. This book brought me to tears because life is too short to live in fear of every passing day. Too short!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Danica Page (One Page at a Time)

    5 stars out of 5. This book is powerfully written, and beautifully captures what life is like as a teenager. Everybody has their Avery (their tormentor), Marcos (the boy they're hopelessly in love with), and Teeny (the best friend they wish they could be). This book touches upon how many people feel while starting high school. This book poignantly deals with loss and dealing with that loss. A beautiful book that kept me entertaine and also had the great honor of coming up with an ending that I didn 5 stars out of 5. This book is powerfully written, and beautifully captures what life is like as a teenager. Everybody has their Avery (their tormentor), Marcos (the boy they're hopelessly in love with), and Teeny (the best friend they wish they could be). This book touches upon how many people feel while starting high school. This book poignantly deals with loss and dealing with that loss. A beautiful book that kept me entertaine and also had the great honor of coming up with an ending that I didn't predict. Some books make your heart race so fast that you worry you'll have a heart attack. This one had the opposite effect. My heart seemed to start beating so slowly. I felt like time slowed down. A great read, definitely worth buying. I did receive a copy of this book for review, but just want to say that didn't play any part in my decisions or feelings for this book. For a more in-depth review: http://danicapage.blogspot.com/2011/0... ~Danica Page

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Changing My Wardrobe is a cute contemporary novel that deals with the tough phases of growing up and gives you some great tips of how to handle bullies. The book is very enjoyable, not something I would normally go for but nevertheless, a great read. Lindsey, the main character, tries very hard to stand up to bullies. She has her best friend, Teeny, to stand up for her most of the time but when life gets too hard for teeny, it begins to show. Things start to look up when Lindsey meets the gorgeou Changing My Wardrobe is a cute contemporary novel that deals with the tough phases of growing up and gives you some great tips of how to handle bullies. The book is very enjoyable, not something I would normally go for but nevertheless, a great read. Lindsey, the main character, tries very hard to stand up to bullies. She has her best friend, Teeny, to stand up for her most of the time but when life gets too hard for teeny, it begins to show. Things start to look up when Lindsey meets the gorgeous, Marco. She feels better when she's around him and not even thoughts of Avery, the school bully, could bring her down. The story's not very easy to sum up with out giving something away. What I loved most about this book would probably the shocking twist at the end. I didn't expect it...I didn't particularly like it but it was a great twist. I even shed a few tears! This book will make you realise what bullies can really do to make your life hell. Changing My Wardrobe is a perfect novel for young teens who want a realistic and exciting short read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tifferz

    Lindsey is a likable freshman who I think a lot of girls could relate to. Lindsey has a great friendship with Teeny. But is it strong enough to overcome betrayal? I think that things have changed a bit since I went to High School and I think this story gave me a good perspective as a parent. I totally would read this strikingly tragic story. I would have some tissue near. I do not normally cry but I did shed some tears with this story. My heart broke a little tonight.Changing Wardrobe is a compe Lindsey is a likable freshman who I think a lot of girls could relate to. Lindsey has a great friendship with Teeny. But is it strong enough to overcome betrayal? I think that things have changed a bit since I went to High School and I think this story gave me a good perspective as a parent. I totally would read this strikingly tragic story. I would have some tissue near. I do not normally cry but I did shed some tears with this story. My heart broke a little tonight.Changing Wardrobe is a compelling novel that will give you a glimpse of how bullying, being deserted and how death of loved ones change and effect us. This is an enjoyable read that had some unexpected events. I was very surprised at the ending. I just did not see that happening. A great read that make you really reflect on life and what is really important. Changing Wardrobe has left a lasting impression on me. This is a clean YA read with no sex but it does contain swearing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    Wow. By the end of this story, I shed a few tears, and I have not done that in a while. Hanrahan's writing is just so well done; from the first page we are in Lindsey's life, and we see her efforts of trying to get a new start as she enters her first year of high school, by picking an outfit she would have not worn before in school. This reminded me of myself trying to pick a good enough outfit for the first day of high school. I think in some ways this story can be seen as relatable to others, Wow. By the end of this story, I shed a few tears, and I have not done that in a while. Hanrahan's writing is just so well done; from the first page we are in Lindsey's life, and we see her efforts of trying to get a new start as she enters her first year of high school, by picking an outfit she would have not worn before in school. This reminded me of myself trying to pick a good enough outfit for the first day of high school. I think in some ways this story can be seen as relatable to others, as I felt myself connect with Lindsey and even Teeny in circumstances, and I think the emotions/feelings that Hanrahan incorporated in these characters were wonderfully woven to the situations they faced. This was a beautifully written story, and I can't wait to read other works of Hanrahan, as this story is one that will for sure stick with me in a good way, as it reminded me a few good messages, and I hope you will find some meaningful messages as well.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dora Okeyo

    Whoever said High School never ends was right if you read this book. I got it free on Amazon courtesy of FreeBooksy. It starts off with Teeny- Lindsey's friend urging her to change her wardrobe so she doesn't come off as a nerd in the new school- and things look up for Lindsey when she meets Marco- and falls in love with him. He's a great boyfriend and all- but like most high schools- there's the bully and in this book she's Avery and her boyfriend Cal. When they pull pranks and frame Teeny for p Whoever said High School never ends was right if you read this book. I got it free on Amazon courtesy of FreeBooksy. It starts off with Teeny- Lindsey's friend urging her to change her wardrobe so she doesn't come off as a nerd in the new school- and things look up for Lindsey when she meets Marco- and falls in love with him. He's a great boyfriend and all- but like most high schools- there's the bully and in this book she's Avery and her boyfriend Cal. When they pull pranks and frame Teeny for possession of weed and are expelled- Cal seeks vengeance by trying to shoot Teeny- only for the bullet to go through Lindsey. I loved the story line and how it's pace- but not so much in the end, because the final chapter seemed rushed-and I was left asking too many questions. So far, I felt it deserved three stars for three major things well done: great story line, vibrant characters, up-beat conversations (just written the way teenagers talk).

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Namba

    I enjoyed reading this book even though it has been a long time since I have been in high school. I do think that the book would not appeal to the target audience because there are some things that don't quite sync up with the students I know (I teach Language Arts). However, I think that the book is appealing to those who remember high school as an awkward time. The characters are varied and I think most readers will be able to relate to at least one of them. The synopsis on the back of the boo I enjoyed reading this book even though it has been a long time since I have been in high school. I do think that the book would not appeal to the target audience because there are some things that don't quite sync up with the students I know (I teach Language Arts). However, I think that the book is appealing to those who remember high school as an awkward time. The characters are varied and I think most readers will be able to relate to at least one of them. The synopsis on the back of the book seems a little off because the insecurity that it reflects isn't as pervasive in the book as you would expect. There is more focus on the bullying. This was an easy and interesting read. **I received this book for free from GoodReads First Reads**

  30. 5 out of 5

    P.A. Warren

    I really enjoyed reading this book.It was well written,It reminded me of high school to be honest.These issues are real and are coming to light more often.I will say at the end I felt the author had already ended the book and then surprised me.I thought all issues were resolved and I turn to the next chapter and was blown away.I personally feel the book could have ended without this ending and still be a good book..the ending was not needed.Sure you don't need happy endings all the time but when I really enjoyed reading this book.It was well written,It reminded me of high school to be honest.These issues are real and are coming to light more often.I will say at the end I felt the author had already ended the book and then surprised me.I thought all issues were resolved and I turn to the next chapter and was blown away.I personally feel the book could have ended without this ending and still be a good book..the ending was not needed.Sure you don't need happy endings all the time but when you resolve the issues then blindside a reader it plan out stinks.I know the author had her reasons im sure for ending the book as it did but like I said before the book could have ended without it or with an epilogue.But that is just my lowly opinion.

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