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If God wanted April Grace to be kind to her neighbors, He should have made them nicer! Growing up in the country is never easy, but it sure is funny—especially if you happen to have a sister obsessed with being glamorous, a grandma just discovering make-up, hippie friends who never shower, and brand new neighbors from the city who test everyone’s patience. From disastrous d If God wanted April Grace to be kind to her neighbors, He should have made them nicer! Growing up in the country is never easy, but it sure is funny—especially if you happen to have a sister obsessed with being glamorous, a grandma just discovering make-up, hippie friends who never shower, and brand new neighbors from the city who test everyone’s patience. From disastrous dye jobs to forced apologies and elderly date tagalongs, you’ll laugh ‘til you cry as you read the Confessions of April Grace! Here are just a couple of April's thoughts: On her sister, Myra Sue: "How anyone can be that dumb and still be able to eat with a fork is beyond me."  On senior citizen lovebirds: "What if they started smooching right at the table in front of God and everybody?" In spite of all the loony characters in her life, April Grace is able to learn from her parents as they share the love of God—to even the craziest of characters!


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If God wanted April Grace to be kind to her neighbors, He should have made them nicer! Growing up in the country is never easy, but it sure is funny—especially if you happen to have a sister obsessed with being glamorous, a grandma just discovering make-up, hippie friends who never shower, and brand new neighbors from the city who test everyone’s patience. From disastrous d If God wanted April Grace to be kind to her neighbors, He should have made them nicer! Growing up in the country is never easy, but it sure is funny—especially if you happen to have a sister obsessed with being glamorous, a grandma just discovering make-up, hippie friends who never shower, and brand new neighbors from the city who test everyone’s patience. From disastrous dye jobs to forced apologies and elderly date tagalongs, you’ll laugh ‘til you cry as you read the Confessions of April Grace! Here are just a couple of April's thoughts: On her sister, Myra Sue: "How anyone can be that dumb and still be able to eat with a fork is beyond me."  On senior citizen lovebirds: "What if they started smooching right at the table in front of God and everybody?" In spite of all the loony characters in her life, April Grace is able to learn from her parents as they share the love of God—to even the craziest of characters!

30 review for In Front of God and Everybody

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    As a longtime fan of the Disney Channel, I can't help but be reminded of shows or telefilms such as Lizzie McGuire or High School Musical when I read this kind of juvenile fiction. This was a fun story that has some surprising twists; far be it from me to spoil the surprises! Even if you're not in the target age for this book, if you've enjoyed old-school family flicks such as the Beethoven movies, you will probably enjoy this. As a longtime fan of the Disney Channel, I can't help but be reminded of shows or telefilms such as Lizzie McGuire or High School Musical when I read this kind of juvenile fiction. This was a fun story that has some surprising twists; far be it from me to spoil the surprises! Even if you're not in the target age for this book, if you've enjoyed old-school family flicks such as the Beethoven movies, you will probably enjoy this.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book: “Growing up in the country is never easy, but it sure is funny--especially if you happen to have a sister obsessed with being glamorous, a grandma just discovering make-up, hippie friends who never shower, and brand new neighbors from the city who test everyone's patience. From disastrous dye jobs to forced apologies and elderly date tagalongs, you'll laugh 'til you cry as you read the "Confessions of April Grace"! Here are just a couple of April's thoughts: On her sister, Myra About this book: “Growing up in the country is never easy, but it sure is funny--especially if you happen to have a sister obsessed with being glamorous, a grandma just discovering make-up, hippie friends who never shower, and brand new neighbors from the city who test everyone's patience. From disastrous dye jobs to forced apologies and elderly date tagalongs, you'll laugh 'til you cry as you read the "Confessions of April Grace"! Here are just a couple of April's thoughts: On her sister, Myra Sue: "How anyone can be that dumb and still be able to eat with a fork is beyond me." On senior citizen lovebirds: "What if they started smooching right at the table in front of God and everybody?" In spite of all the loony characters in her life, April Grace is able to learn from her parents as they share the love of God--to even the craziest of characters!” Series: Book #1 in the “Confessions of April Grace” series. There are currently three books and the author is working on the 4th. Spiritual Content- Mentions of Scriptures & the Second Coming; Hymns; Talks about God, forgiveness, trusting others they way you would want to be, and church; Prayers & the Saint Francis Prayer. *Note: Estelle Durwood is a hippie along with her husband and they go by Temple & Forest Freebrid (“She says she is the temple of her inner goddess, and he says he inhabits the souls of trees.”); another mention of being a goddess; Temple mentions about centering yourself in the center of the universe; The St.Jame’s are not religious & Isabel says so; April Grace when describing Isabel: “I’m pretty sure she was trying to keep her eyeballs from bursting into flames like those pictures you see of S*tan.”. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blasted’, a “oh my word”, a ‘wretch’, two ‘idiot’s, three ‘drip’s, three ‘hush’s, nine ‘stupid’s, 16 ‘dumb’s, and Myra Sue & April Grace call each other names (like “You look like dog poop”, “big, fat pain”, brat, hicks, etc.); Ian & Isabel both cuss & use the Lord’s name in vain (they’re not written, but are cut-off or …, April Grace adds that she would get in trouble for mentioning and then sometimes adds “so just use your imagination.”), others also cuss but it’s not written; Myra Sure rolls her eyes; Sarcasm & Smart-Alecking; Isabel smokes a lot & wants a drink; Mentions that Ian lost their money gambling; *Note: Soap Operas & Celebrities are mentioned; Isabel says she’s a registered Democrat. Sexual Content- Grandma Grace says a man kissed her yesterday (which April Grace overhears this and is grossed out at the thought of her Grandma and some man kissing); Mr. Rance smooches Grandma; In the bathroom when April Grace is looking for something she comes across “a box of feminine you-know-whats”; *Note: *Spoiler* (view spoiler)[A mention that Lily caught Myra Sue staring in the minor “saying something about her “huge butt”.”; Myra Sue gets the notion after hanging out with Isabel (who is as skinny as a rail) that she’s fat and the size of a house; Thanks to Isabel’s influence, Myra Sue develops an eating disorder called “anorexia nervosa”. April Grace notices that she can see Myra Sue’s rib and tells her folks; When Myra Sue goes to the doctor, Isabel wonders if Myra Sue has a boyfriend and hints to if she’s pregnant (which she’s not and April Grace tells her so.) (hide spoiler)] *End of Spoiler* -April Grace Reilly, age 11 1st Person P.O.V. of April Grace Set in 1986 288 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- Two Stars (and a half) Early High School Teens- Three Star (and a half) Older High School Teens- Four Stars My personal Rating- Three Stars (and a half) { Most families will most likely not want their Early High School Teen or younger daughter reading this book. } April Grace might be eleven, but I wouldn’t recommend this book for girls near this age. Because of all the cussing (which isn’t written but still) & Isabel’s influence on Myra Sue, age 14. The youngest I think it would be okay for is Myra Sue’s age and up. I’ve read “In Front of God and everybody” three times now and I still laugh just as hard when I first read it, but some families won’t want their girls reading this series, which I understand completely. Link to review: http://booksforchristiangirls.blogspo... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    in front of God and everybody: CONFESSIONS OF April Grace by KD McCrite I am going to say something about this book that I NEVER say about Christian book selections - HILARIOUS! I mean Laugh-Out-Loud and read it to your husband funny! April Grace is an eleven year old (going on 15) living in the Ozarks with her older sister, Myra Sue, her parents, her suddenly-hip grandmother and her new "citified" neighbors. April Grace is not about to tolerate being talked down to by her new neighbors, nor her in front of God and everybody: CONFESSIONS OF April Grace by KD McCrite I am going to say something about this book that I NEVER say about Christian book selections - HILARIOUS! I mean Laugh-Out-Loud and read it to your husband funny! April Grace is an eleven year old (going on 15) living in the Ozarks with her older sister, Myra Sue, her parents, her suddenly-hip grandmother and her new "citified" neighbors. April Grace is not about to tolerate being talked down to by her new neighbors, nor her grandmother's new Texas boyfriend. She keeps her guard up and tolerates them to keep peace, but when push comes to shove - she speaks her mind. What April Grace doesn't realize is that rather than being judged, she's the one being judgmental and it takes a family crisis for her to recognize her own faults. I loved reading the outrageous thoughts April Grace has about the people around her. Her description of her grandmother's driving is unforgettable and spit-take worthy. My other favorite parts are when Mr. Rance, Grandma's boyfriend, invites April Grace to go to town with them for a cheeseburger. April thinks, "Now, I was of two minds about this. While I was downright overjoyed that I might be safe from Grandma's driving this week, I really, really did not want to sit in a cafe with those two senior citizen lovebirds. What if they started smooching right at the table in front of God and everybody?" and "How anyone can be that dumb and still be able to eat with a fork is beyond me!" Not only are April Grace's thoughts entertaining as all get-out, she's unravelling a mystery and learning to be like her parents - Christians who never judge and constantly put others before them, serving tirelessly and generously. I give Confessions 5 sweet-tea stars! This book was provided to me by Booksneeze.Com - opinions my own. In Front of God and Everybody

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    http://shesgotbooksonhermind.blogspot... I've been wanting this book for ages. It's one of the rare books that I buy and I'm so happy I don't have any regrets. This is a christian fiction book. I have not read one in a while. I've only read two in total so that's not saying much. Now before you stop reading because you read "christian fiction" let me just say that it's not that bad. There's only like one moment where if you weren't really religious and don't like to read about the stuff that you http://shesgotbooksonhermind.blogspot... I've been wanting this book for ages. It's one of the rare books that I buy and I'm so happy I don't have any regrets. This is a christian fiction book. I have not read one in a while. I've only read two in total so that's not saying much. Now before you stop reading because you read "christian fiction" let me just say that it's not that bad. There's only like one moment where if you weren't really religious and don't like to read about the stuff that you might not like. Other than that just think of it as a good children's southern read. April Grace tries to be kind to others like her Mama wants her to be but she can't help not liking her new neighbors. She hasn't had much great experience with new neighbors before. The last time she had a neighbor she met the parents and other family members of this nice girl she hung out with. Then they all started making fun of her right to her face. Ugh. You know when she starts off her story like that you know that her new neighbors are just going to be exactly the same. April Grace is a spunky girl who's always saying funny things whether anyone else agrees. She's very smart and quick witted. She was a pleasure to read about. Her new neighbors on the other hand... The man, Ian, seemed to become a better person but his wife, Isabel, just kept on being her rotten self. April Grace's mother is a saint. She's always talking about being nice. She goes so far as letting the new neighbors live at their house while they are fixing up their home. Ian is originally pretty rude especially to his wife. They both fight a lot but he gets better as the book progresses. Isabel was a former dancer and she can't stand the country. She really just wants to go home but that's impossible and I wish she'd just get over it. She's this skinny little thing that hardly eats. She's always rude to April Grace's family. I don't know how her mother can stand it. I would have thrown her out when she first criticized my cooking. You are a guest at someone else's home. Act like it. April Grace's sister, Myra Sue, worships the ground that Isabel walks on. She's just so glamorous... She gets an even bigger attitude when Isabel starts staying over. I couldn't stand both of them together. They needed to be separated as well as her grandmother and her new boyfriend that April Grace knew was no good. She tried telling everyone but would they listen? No. Her mother doesn't like her attitude either. She keeps on talking about being nice but April Grace is realistic and once again because she's just a kid she isn't taken seriously. April Grace's life is just one crazy drama after another. Her life feels like a soap opera. I love watching soap operas so it's a good fit for me. I really want to read more of her. I want to read what happens next. The ending was amazing and I want to read how the author tops this book. I haven't read many southern family books. This was a real treat. It gets serious towards the end and I like that. It was a fun read but it deals with real life situations. I think a lot of girl's will like reading about April Grace like I did. It's a family values type of book but with April Grace it feels like a book that's perfect for anyone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zizi

    It was okay, I just don't see myself reading again any time in the future, or ever again. Thank you, Mama for getting it for me regardless!! It was okay, I just don't see myself reading again any time in the future, or ever again. Thank you, Mama for getting it for me regardless!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abbie Coon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. April Grace is an 11-year-old girl who lives on Rough Creek Road. When new neighbors, Ian and Isabel St. James, move all the way from California, her world gets tipped on it's head! The new neighbors bought a broken down, old wreck of a house because of financial issues, and being the nice people they are, April's parents let them move in to their home until they could get it fixed up. On top of this her sister absolutely idolizes Isabel St. James , even though April Grace thinks she's a preppy April Grace is an 11-year-old girl who lives on Rough Creek Road. When new neighbors, Ian and Isabel St. James, move all the way from California, her world gets tipped on it's head! The new neighbors bought a broken down, old wreck of a house because of financial issues, and being the nice people they are, April's parents let them move in to their home until they could get it fixed up. On top of this her sister absolutely idolizes Isabel St. James , even though April Grace thinks she's a preppy snob. By idolize, I mean her sister Myra sue basically worships the ground she walks on! During all of this commotion, April's grandmother starts dating a man that April isn't sure is trustworthy, and they get engaged! The interesting part is how April deals with it all at once! The book is overall very good, it just takes a bit for the story to pick up. In the beginning, it seemed very slow, and even though the chapters are only a few pages long, it takes longer then you would expect to read them. April Grace goes to school, and reads many books, so she knows correct grammar and how to use it, but throughout the entire book, she uses incorrect grammar and slang that I couldn't understand at first. It goes along with the theme of the book, it was just a bit harder to read at first. I would recommend this book to teenage girls because it is very relatable and has an interesting storyline.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elevetha

    3.5 stars. Fun Southern narration. Humorous and quotable. Enjoyable fast read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I'm a little conflicted by how I feel about this book. Coming from a girl who fought incessantly with her sister growing, we were not anywhere near as awful as these two sisters. Myra Sue in particular had no endearing qualities. In April Grace's eyes, she's the absolute worst. I'm glad that April Grace's parents start listening to her by the end, because - although I don't believe parents automatically have to believe their children on every instance - they completely ignored everything April Gr I'm a little conflicted by how I feel about this book. Coming from a girl who fought incessantly with her sister growing, we were not anywhere near as awful as these two sisters. Myra Sue in particular had no endearing qualities. In April Grace's eyes, she's the absolute worst. I'm glad that April Grace's parents start listening to her by the end, because - although I don't believe parents automatically have to believe their children on every instance - they completely ignored everything April Grace tried to tell them. The Christian themes are rather subdued. There's mentions of going to church, a reference to a prayer and a few Bible verses here and there. There are references to teen pregnancy and one character suffers from an eating disorder. The second half to the book when April Grace starts figuring things out is better than the first, if I'm honest. I'm going to try the next book to see how I feel about the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Watson

    Country life may not be easy, but with April Grace and her family, it isn't boring. With a sister who is obsessed with being glamorous, a grandmother who's back on the dating scene, hippie friends, and new neighbors from the city, there's never a dull moment. Dripping with Southern charm and a few life lessons, April Grace Reilly is the definition of a sweet Southern girl. However, I had to give this book 3 stars. April Grace is 11 years old but sasses adults like she's 20. For a book from Thomas Country life may not be easy, but with April Grace and her family, it isn't boring. With a sister who is obsessed with being glamorous, a grandmother who's back on the dating scene, hippie friends, and new neighbors from the city, there's never a dull moment. Dripping with Southern charm and a few life lessons, April Grace Reilly is the definition of a sweet Southern girl. However, I had to give this book 3 stars. April Grace is 11 years old but sasses adults like she's 20. For a book from Thomas Nelson publishing, I was honestly appalled at the references to cussing (usually through incomplete sentences, uses of the Lord's name in vain and "use your imagination") and drinking/smoking. Had moments of life lessons about treating others as Jesus would, but not enough to bring up the rank. Not sure I'd read the rest of this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Lanahan

    A Hallmarkian story where the good honest hard-working Reilly family shows love and compassion to a couple of city slickers who have involuntarily relocated to rural Arkansas. The author doesn't pretend that everyone living there gets along with everyone else, or that anyone (other thsn the parents) are ideal Christians, but seems to go out her way to show outsiders as rude and condescending. There's not much objectionable to this bit of Christian fiction, but it was a little too sweet for my tast A Hallmarkian story where the good honest hard-working Reilly family shows love and compassion to a couple of city slickers who have involuntarily relocated to rural Arkansas. The author doesn't pretend that everyone living there gets along with everyone else, or that anyone (other thsn the parents) are ideal Christians, but seems to go out her way to show outsiders as rude and condescending. There's not much objectionable to this bit of Christian fiction, but it was a little too sweet for my taste.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia Cummings

    In Front of God and Everybody is a hilarious story following April Grace, a relatable country girl put in a true series of unfortunate events. Between filthy hippie friends, her sister being obsessed with the new city folk who just moved in and them having to live in April Grace's home, and no one believing her when she claims that grandma's boyfriend is acting a bit too suspicious, life gets pretty crazy. In Front of God and Everybody is a hilarious story following April Grace, a relatable country girl put in a true series of unfortunate events. Between filthy hippie friends, her sister being obsessed with the new city folk who just moved in and them having to live in April Grace's home, and no one believing her when she claims that grandma's boyfriend is acting a bit too suspicious, life gets pretty crazy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kaci Pelias

    (this book was not written for me this book was not written for me this book was not written for me this book was not written for me) this was not BAD per se but i did not like it but also i recognize that it’s written for 11 year olds that will probably like it!! the jokes and characters were absolutely ridiculous and some of the themes were .... iffy (parents forced kid to apologize for being a lil rude to INCREDIBLY mean neighbors) but the story was cute! i guess!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jacque Stengel

    What a fun and adorable read! With humor and angst and all the things that make a fun children's book. The lessons are spot on, even a few years later. It's always good to see new children's fiction in the Christian genres! For all readers Thanks to Netgalley and publisher for the opportunity to read and review. What a fun and adorable read! With humor and angst and all the things that make a fun children's book. The lessons are spot on, even a few years later. It's always good to see new children's fiction in the Christian genres! For all readers Thanks to Netgalley and publisher for the opportunity to read and review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    This was such a fun book! I loved that it took place in the Ozarks and I loved that April Grace told it like it was. The characters were wonderfully made and the story had a good mix of humor and seriousness.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This book is lighthearted and fun, with some fantastic messages hidden inside. Perfect for girls aged 12-14 in that transition phase, where the kids books are not enough anymore but the teen books are too much!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jenna N.

    This was a wonderful book about a girl named April Grace. Who with the help of her grandmother, a couple strangers, her parents, and her sister finds a way to see the best in everyone.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This was a fun read. I'm already searching for a copy of #2 (inter-library loan here I come!). This was a fun read. I'm already searching for a copy of #2 (inter-library loan here I come!).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Teisha

    DNF I was really hoping This would be a 5 star book but it didn't hold my attention. I read 90 pages and I just couldn't do it anymore. DNF I was really hoping This would be a 5 star book but it didn't hold my attention. I read 90 pages and I just couldn't do it anymore.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ann Mulholland

    Really cute!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Troy

    This was such an awesome book! Blew my mind how funny a book could be!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jazzy

    Literally read this 10 years ago and still love it. Gonna let my sister read this now (she's the age I was when I read it)😄 Literally read this 10 years ago and still love it. Gonna let my sister read this now (she's the age I was when I read it)😄

  22. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Jo Whiteside

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love this book! Great detail to the characters and definitely will recommend it to ANYONE! Now I want some ice cream lol 😂 -Natalie Jo.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rabiah

    Originally Posted at: http://iliveforreading.blogspot.com/2... In Front of God and Everybody really brings back childhood memories of reading. Spunky, hilarious little girls which were the envy of every 8-11 year old. One of my favorite childhood heroes, was in fact, a kindergartener, and then first grader, Junie B. Jones, the character from the laugh-out-loud and amazing series by Barbara Park. April Grace really brought back memories of the series (I still have all the books!) and it really made Originally Posted at: http://iliveforreading.blogspot.com/2... In Front of God and Everybody really brings back childhood memories of reading. Spunky, hilarious little girls which were the envy of every 8-11 year old. One of my favorite childhood heroes, was in fact, a kindergartener, and then first grader, Junie B. Jones, the character from the laugh-out-loud and amazing series by Barbara Park. April Grace really brought back memories of the series (I still have all the books!) and it really made me feel like I was back in grade 2. Hilariously funny moments, pretending to be grownup (but acting childish all the same) and making silly mistakes was all part of growing up, and now... I look back and I think, "did I REALLY do that?!". Unbelievable. April Grace is the loud-mouthed, spunky, making-me-laugh-a-mile 11 year old who's got a knack for getting into and out of trouble. She also reminds me of Ramona in Ramona & Beezus (I only saw the movie :P) as she's always the one causing some sort of trouble. Her big mouth always gets the best of her! The story starts when April Grace and her family has new neighbors, people who've moved from the city. They have another set of neighbors, who are hippies and own a whole ton of pets (and don't take a bath...ew), and it's funny to see how these two couples react to one another. I really didn't like Isabel...she's so stuck-up! Ian was tolerable. He changed though quite quickly into another man. Isabel took a while to get used to the country ways, and I'm glad that things do work out in end, even with horrible results. I really love McCrite's writing. It's so fresh in the mind of a 5th grader, she picks up thoughts and puts them through a child's voice. I really got lost into it– I couldn't stop reading! From the hilarious, thigh-slapping moments to the more serious, somber tones of the adults in April's perspective, this book really captures what it's like to be at that age living in the country. Not that I ever did...but now I got a feeling of what it's like :). I'm really glad I don't have an older sister. If she was anything like Myra Sue, I would know exactly how April Grace feels like. It would drive me NUTS. She's so obsessed with what's "in" and popular etc. etc. I'm an older sister to two people and I'm pretty sure I'm nothing like that. Obsessed with TV shows and fashion and being super skinny?? Not for me, no thank you. Her Grandma's also another memorable character. As she discovers makeup and being pretty as she's found true "love", it drives Isabel and Grandma together. But of course, things always don't go as planned. April Grace finds out what's going on and then rushes to put a stop to it! In Front of God and Everybody does give readers a sense of religious context from the title. Yes, that's true, as there's some scenes to do with church, religion and God, but it's only a few minor bits. Focus more on the funny side of the story...like me! Overall, In Front of God and Everybody makes everyone wish that they had an adorable (and funny!) little sister like April Grace and laugh-out-loud at the all kinds of trouble she gets into! KD McCrite gives a view into the mind of a gutsy little girl... and proves that nothing is impossible without a little faith and help.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karla Nellenbach

    Summary: Eleven-year-old April Grace Reilly is even more fiery than you'd expect of any redhead. Her smart mouth and tendency to call things as she sees them gets her in hot water more often than not, especially since her parents are--in her mind--too nice for their own good. The summer of 1986 starts out peacefully enough...that is until Ian and Isabel St. James move in next door. Their city ways and superior attitudes rub April Grace the wrong way right from the start, and things don't get much Summary: Eleven-year-old April Grace Reilly is even more fiery than you'd expect of any redhead. Her smart mouth and tendency to call things as she sees them gets her in hot water more often than not, especially since her parents are--in her mind--too nice for their own good. The summer of 1986 starts out peacefully enough...that is until Ian and Isabel St. James move in next door. Their city ways and superior attitudes rub April Grace the wrong way right from the start, and things don't get much better when April's mama and daddy invite Ian and Isabel to stay at the Reilly place until renovations on their house are complete. Add into the mix April's kooky Grandma--who not only just discovered make-up but a social life--a pair of old hippies who love the earth so much they refuse to wash themselves regularly, and an older sister who idolizes the snooty Isabel, and you've got a recipe for disaster...albeit, a pretty funny one. My Take: April Grace kind of reminds me of myself when I was that age. No, I am not a redhead, and no, the town I grew up in, while small, was not so rural as the backwoods place she inhabits. But, my mouth often got me into the kind of trouble that April finds herself in...which really doesn't help her cause none too much. So, I can definitely relate to April's comments about the people in her life, all the while I'm thinking, 'girl, you need to quit with the snap judgements. it's the pot calling the kettle black.' McCrite nailed little April Grace's voice beautifully all while creating a backdrop of charcters that while a little on the two-dimensional side at times, still kept me enthralled. I would've loved to see more depth to the Freebirds, hear more about what happened in Lily Reilly's past and how it shaped her...also, Mike's role in it as well. And, until the very end, I sincerely disliked Isabel. By the time, that she 'saw the error of her ways' I really couldn't find it within myself to sympathize with her feelings of displacement from all she'd known and forgive her her transgressions. I wanted to like her at the end, but I just couldn't do it. That said, this was still a fun, fast read. April's humor shone throughout, and the 'lesson learned' portion of the story was not preachy at all, although I did find myself nodding along as April got to her big epiphany. FYI: There were many lines in this that made me laugh/snicker, but my favorite has to be when on page 61, April is ranting about her sister and her penchant for daytime soaps and says, "How anyone can be that dumb and still be able to eat with a fork is beyond me." AHAHAHAHAHAH So friends, if you're looking for something not so dark, gloomy, and tragic, you should check this out. I guarantee you will chuckle more than a few times.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie Smith

    This review first appeared on my blog: http://www.knittingandsundries.com/20... April Grace Reilly is eleven years old and lives in Cedar Ridge, Arkansas. She's had her share of snooty city folk looking down on her and her family, and when a couple in a shiny car pull up the drive and are rude, she goes inside the house and lets her 14-year-old sister Myra Grace (who LOVES city folk) deal with them. THEN she finds out that they're her new neighbors, and her mom finds out that she was rude, and th This review first appeared on my blog: http://www.knittingandsundries.com/20... April Grace Reilly is eleven years old and lives in Cedar Ridge, Arkansas. She's had her share of snooty city folk looking down on her and her family, and when a couple in a shiny car pull up the drive and are rude, she goes inside the house and lets her 14-year-old sister Myra Grace (who LOVES city folk) deal with them. THEN she finds out that they're her new neighbors, and her mom finds out that she was rude, and then she has to go with her mother to apologize, and it doesn't matter that they were rude first. What a fun and hilarious book! I LOVE April Grace; she's sassy and smart. Her parents are wonderful; her Grandma has a new, irritating beau that April Grace has well-founded suspicions of; her sister Myra Grace is big-sister irritating. As April Grace is taught lessons of kindness by her mother and father, she also finds a way to learn from her new neighbors, and sees that they aren't the only judgmental ones. I smiled throughout this one. April Grace is a wonderful character. Her example of sibling love: I gave serious thought to sticking out my foot and tripping her do she'd fall face first into some dirty underwear, but if she fell down the stairs and ended up breaking her head or something important, I'd be blamed for it. Plus, I'd have to do all her chores. The next April Grace book, Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks, is due to be released in December, 2011. It is already on my to-buy list! QUOTES (from a galley; may be different in final copy): "Come here, dear," she said. "These people want to meet an actual little hillbilly." I'll tell you one thing: Isabel St. James was no prize to look at the day before, when she had her makeup on. But after she'd been bellowing like a newborn calf for half the morning, it hurt my eyes to look at her. She'd do the rest of us a world of good if she'd wear a bag over her head.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    I cannot believe how much I LOVED In Front of God and Everybody. A friend of mine recommended the book, and I am so glad she did. The book is categorized as Young Adult/Teen, but believe me, adults will enjoy this charming story just as much. You will be drawn into the story from the first chapter. April Grace is a 11-yr old firecracker whose story makes you laugh out loud. She is a proud-to-be-from-the-country girl who does not understand why anyone would want to live any other way. Her family I cannot believe how much I LOVED In Front of God and Everybody. A friend of mine recommended the book, and I am so glad she did. The book is categorized as Young Adult/Teen, but believe me, adults will enjoy this charming story just as much. You will be drawn into the story from the first chapter. April Grace is a 11-yr old firecracker whose story makes you laugh out loud. She is a proud-to-be-from-the-country girl who does not understand why anyone would want to live any other way. Her family consists of her loving parents who try to be friends to everyone, her sister MyraSue, April Grace's exact opposite, who thinks city life is glamorous, and her Granny who I am pretty sure is where April Grace gets her spunk. The story begins with the arrival of the new neighbors, Ian and Isabel. Ian grew up in the area and moved his city wife and him from California to the Ozarks so he could return to his roots. Other neighbors consist of Temple and Forest who are hippies that April Grace is sure never shower. Lastly, Granny has a new boyfriend, Mr. Rance. You can only imagine what her favorite granddaughter thinks about that! K.D. McCrite does a wonderful job of introducing the cast of characters, developing them, and describing the Ozarks locale. Growing up in the '80's, I especially enjoyed all the little mentions of music and TV from the era. Reading the confessions of April Grace will not only put a smile on your face but also in your heart. I have already ordered #2 in the series, Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks and cannot wait to read it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kari Anderson

    April Grace is a country girl through and through. She has a hatred for the wealthy since being made fun of by a rich family when she was younger. So when a couple cruises up in a Cadillac and says they’re her new next door neighbors, that’s just the start to her rocky summer. In April Grace’s stressful summer, she also has to deal with her wannabe movie star sister Myra Sue and her grandma’s new boyfriend who April Grace is very suspcious of. But this stressful summer may be the one in her life t April Grace is a country girl through and through. She has a hatred for the wealthy since being made fun of by a rich family when she was younger. So when a couple cruises up in a Cadillac and says they’re her new next door neighbors, that’s just the start to her rocky summer. In April Grace’s stressful summer, she also has to deal with her wannabe movie star sister Myra Sue and her grandma’s new boyfriend who April Grace is very suspcious of. But this stressful summer may be the one in her life that she learns the most. Not only about other people including her parents who are still very in love, but also about herself. I chose to read this book because I thought it sounded like a fun, quick summer read and that’s just what it was. Yes, there were some touchy parts and I may have shed a tear or two for April Grace, proud of how much she grew up in one summer. But this book takes you back. McCrite did a great job of making April Grace a character that you can relate to. I may not have grown up way out in the country, but I did grow up in a small town. I felt like I could relate to April Grace with what she was going through in that time in her life. It may have happened at a different time in mine, but it happens to everyone. Lately, a lot of times when I have read YA books, I find myself despising the characters. I don’t necessarily think there’s anything wrong with them, but I feel with some characters, I am finding them immature. Maybe I am growing out of these books a little. But my point for bringing this up is that I didn’t feel this way with Amber Grace. Yes, she’s a growing teeny-bopper, but I liked her and wanted to spend some more time with her. I give In Front of God and Everybody 4 bookmarks

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    April Grace is a country girl from the Ozarks and proud of it. She lets her new neighbors know what she thinks of them from the beginning even if she does get in trouble for it. Isabel and Ian St. James are from California and snooty; they have bought a run down place down the road from April Grace's family. The place is in such bad shape that April's parents invite Isabel and Ian to move in with them until it is habitable. Cultures clash between the St. Jameses and the Reillys and hilarity ensu April Grace is a country girl from the Ozarks and proud of it. She lets her new neighbors know what she thinks of them from the beginning even if she does get in trouble for it. Isabel and Ian St. James are from California and snooty; they have bought a run down place down the road from April Grace's family. The place is in such bad shape that April's parents invite Isabel and Ian to move in with them until it is habitable. Cultures clash between the St. Jameses and the Reillys and hilarity ensues. But through it all the Reillys (at least mom and dad) handle the situation with grace and kindness; they are an example to their daughters and their neighbors. The St. Jameses are not the only new additions to the neighborhood. Grandma has a new beau; Jeffrey Rance is a hard-of-hearing Texan who looks to sweep Grandma off her feet and clear out her pocketbook. It is up to April to find the evidence to prove her dislike of Mr. Rance right. Being from the Ozarks, I enjoy books that show good honest country people and don't make fun of them for being hicks or hillbillies. In this book it is the citified St. Jameses who come off looking bad and the Reillys with their simpler ways and good living who shine. April Grace is funny and sarcastic and honest and really enjoyable to read. I loved how involved her parents were in their children's lives and what good examples they were for April and Myra. They are definitely part of the lead by example school of parenting. This is a great book with a great lesson on treating others with kindness.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    I loved this book...I wish I could rate it higher than a 5.0. It is a farm girl turned Nancy Drew kind of story....with a little dash of humor and friendship thrown in. I was planning on reading this when I purchased it last year so I was happy to find out it was on the MO Mark Twain Award list for this year....what better excuse to read it than to be able to recommend it to my students? I liked how April Grace was suspicious of Grandma's new boyfriend from the very beginning...I think his hearin I loved this book...I wish I could rate it higher than a 5.0. It is a farm girl turned Nancy Drew kind of story....with a little dash of humor and friendship thrown in. I was planning on reading this when I purchased it last year so I was happy to find out it was on the MO Mark Twain Award list for this year....what better excuse to read it than to be able to recommend it to my students? I liked how April Grace was suspicious of Grandma's new boyfriend from the very beginning...I think his hearing aid problems was just an act, but I can't prove it. It was interesting to see how she perceived city folks at loud and obnoxious...Isabel was very annoying and I don't think I would have had the patience to deal with her like April Grace's mom did. I would have probably wanted to thrown her out the first time she complained. I am glad that April Grace and Isabel had time to talked out their problems and how it could be worked out. I felt sorry for Myra Sue since she wanted to follow in Isabel's footsteps. Favorite quote "How anyone can be that dumb and still be able to eat with a fork is beyond me." I also thought the descriptions of the old hippie neighbors Forest and Temple was comical since I used to know a few kids that had parents who went to Woodstock which is why their names were very unique. I am anxiously waiting to buy the sequels to this book...there are two. Very good story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Fred Pollock

    (note: I reviewed this novel earlier on my own goodreads page. This is basically the same review with a few minor word changes.) I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were fun and quirky. The story revolves around new neighbors in the rural Arkansas area where April Grace Reilly and her family live. These new arrivals are from California and very accustomed to city life. Not only are they fish out of water, they are really cranky about it. April's parents, who try very much to be kind a (note: I reviewed this novel earlier on my own goodreads page. This is basically the same review with a few minor word changes.) I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were fun and quirky. The story revolves around new neighbors in the rural Arkansas area where April Grace Reilly and her family live. These new arrivals are from California and very accustomed to city life. Not only are they fish out of water, they are really cranky about it. April's parents, who try very much to be kind and helpful always, end up offering these folks much more help than April Grace is comfortable with. In addition to that, her grandmother has a new boyfriend sniffing around. But April Grace has some suspicions about him. It was enjoyable to see a normal family with people who love each other including Grandma, both parents (no one died), a sibling, and even pets. The siblings were realistic - fighting one minute and have each other's backs the next. The parents are good people striving to live out what they believe in and raise two kids who will be fine adults. The story had humor, pathos, and realistic characters. I loved the romance for grandma thrown in...not many kids think of their grandparents going on a date! Can't wait to read the next two in this series. If you enjoyed this book, April Grace's story continues in: *Clicques, Hicks and Ugly Sticks *Chocolate Covered Boloney

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