Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fat Cat by Robin Brande

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Fat Cat By Robin Brande

Synopsis: You are what you eat. . . . Cat smart, sassy, and funny—but thin, she’s not. Until her class science project. That’s when she winds up doing an experiment—on herself. Before she knows it, Cat is living—and eating—like the hominids, our earliest human ancestors. True, no chips or TV is a bummer and no car is a pain, but healthful eating and walking everywheredohave their benefits. As the pounds drop off, the guys pile on. All this newfound male attention is enough to drive a girl crazy! If only she weren’t too busy hating Matt McKinney to notice. . . . This funny and thoughtful novel explores how girls feel about their bodies, and the ways they can best take care of their most precious resource: themselves.

This book was hilarious. Granted there were a few parts where I thought Cat was insane, but she proved me wrong. Once again another novel that takes a classic, overused plot line *in this case that was with how the romance worked out* and twists it into something completely unseen and extremely creative! You never expect what you find when reading this novel. Robin Brande was brilliant at taking her experience as an over weight teenager and turning it into well THIS! A amazing novel that anyone would love to get their hands on. I truly wasnt expecting what was delivered. Honestly. Cat lives only off of organicly grown foods, or food she makes. I honestly dont think i would be able to do that. But one person can. She drags practically everyone she knows into it, and soon enough shes got her little brother walking to school with her! She goes through some bad boyfriends and bad withdrawl symptoms but in the end.. Well read and find out.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Happy Holidays

Written by Ari at 10:29 PM
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Happy Holidays :D

We decided to compile a list of our favorite books.


Aris List... (mostly realistic fiction)


  • Fat Cat by Robin Brande
  • Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
  • The Starcatchers Series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  • My Invented Life by Lauren Bjorkman
  • The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
  • Sucks To Be Me by Kimberley Pauley
  • Winter Girls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Whip It by Shauna Cross
  • Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
  • The Lauren Holbrook Series by Erynn Manngum
  • The Ghallager Girl Series by Ally Carter
  • and most importantly
  • NEVER TWILIGHT!

Contest Canceled

Written by Ari at 3:06 PM
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Hey sorry!
But we only had one person enter.
So no book *and other stuff* for anyone...
However.
That one person *lindsay* if you could please email us at
teensactuallyread@gmail.com *if you want to of course* we can hook you up with a consolation prize :D

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

1/2 Day For Us Equals Double The Books! (Things Not Seen + Chains)

Written by Ari at 9:24 AM
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Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

Synopsis: It's a Tuesday morning in February, and I get up as usual, and I stumble into the bathroom to take a shower in the dark. Which is my school-day method because it's sort of like an extra ten minutes of sleep.
It's after the shower. That's when it happens.
It's when I turn on the bathroom light and wipe the fog off the mirror to comb my hair. It's what I see in the mirror. It's what I don't see.
I look a second time, and then rub at the mirror again.
I'm not there.
That's what I'm saying.
I'm. Not. There.


Things Not Seen is a great book. (yes it is :D) It's about a kid named Bobby who wakes up one day to see, or not see, that he is invisible. Things Not Seen is part mystery, part science fiction. Bobby has to figure out how he became invisible while evading everyone who thinks that he has disappeared off the face of the Earth, which, really, he has. I really liked this book and think that it gives real perspective on invisibility. It's not all fun and games, especially when someone gets hurt. (Ari butts in and does her thing to make this review longer)

*ehem anyway...* This book was one of those scifis that you have to read to truly understand. This book was a page turner. Every moment I wasnt reading I was wondering what had made the main character Bobby invisible. And then I kept thinking of how thick the romantic tension was between him and one girl. It was AMAZING! I knew I would like this book because I have always been a fan of Andrew Clements books. This is definitely a book I would recomend for you to go out and read, check your school library anything! Just read it.


Chains By Laurie Halse Anderson
Broken in to two parts based on how her life completely changes, this book is incredible. Written about slavery during the revolution, it was a huge attention grabber with its cover. The events in this book are extremely accurate when it comes to history, too. With several quotes in it based on people such as Nathan Hale and using titles such as Common Sense as books that the characters read, this is one of the best slavery history books for young adults. I would say this book is perfect for anyone needing it for extra credit in American history, a historical fiction addict (*cough, cough*), or just anyone needing a good read. This page turner has so many character changes, drama, and plot alterations that you never know what is going to happen next. I give this book a 9 and I'm excited for the sequel to come out in 2010.(Shocked Lydia didnt comment here *Looks for her)
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