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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Sweet Terrible Glorious Year i Truly Completely Lost it by Lisa Shanahan

IN MY FAMILY, when anyone rides the wave of their emotions, we say they're chucking a birkett. When the emotion drives out all common sense, we say they're chucking a big one. The telltale signs are: flaming cheeks, shortness of breath, bulging eyes, and a prolonged illogical outburst.

Gemma Stone is convinced that it's always unseemly to chuck a birkett and that it's actually insane to chuck one in front of a complete stranger. But that was before she fell for a boy who barely knows she exists, before she auditioned for the school play, before she met the family of freaks her sister Debbie is marrying into, before the unpredictable Raven De Head took an interest in her, and before she realized that at the right time and for the right reason, a birkett could be a beautiful thing.

What i thought: I personally loved this book. It was laugh-out-loud funny, and i nearly cried at some parts. Shanahan was an amazing author, and really wrote--in this case--as if she were a fourteen year old.

This book takes place in the UK, so i had trouble understanding a few terms, but other than that, i loved it. Also, this book is in the perspective of a mere fourteen year old, so that fact alone my stop you from reading it, but i think this is a book for all ages. The beggining was a bit slow, too, though not slow enough to discourage you from reading it. About nine or ten friends requested that i read the sweet terrible glorious year i truly completely lost it but i never did. But the other day at the library, this book stood out, so i decided to pick it up.

Its lengthy title basically sums it up. Gemma, the main character, is your average confused teenager who is struggling, trying to find out who she really is, and along the way, loses it. Completely. It was rather hilarious, actually.There really is know way to REALLY describe what i thought of this book. The only way to know yourself is to, well. . . read it!


Kd said...

I have seen this posted a couple of times and it looks really good! Great Review :D


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Nice review. I've wanted to read this one for awhile now. I think it sounds really good, and I just started a side blog for the zine that is all things non-american so this would work!

oh, and the other blog is:

simply nerdy book reviews said...

haha. thanks guys. i think you'd love this boook. i know i did. it was hilarious!

Anonymous said...

actually i think this book was set in Australia

the authors aussie and it talks about some stuff that is unique to Australia


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