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Girl, Hero by Carrie Jones

A review from M, with very light editing (the parenthetical "insert bad word here" is all M). I should note that I don't put her up to these, she volunteers them for books she loves. And I haven't given her any tips or pointers on writing them in ages - this is all her own doing (although I see her developing as a reviewer as she goes, which is pretty cool to watch):

Dear John Wayne:

Oh. My. God! How I loved Girl, Hero by one of my personal favorites, Carrie Jones! In Girl, Hero we follow Liliana, a John Wayne-loving freshman, through part of her first year of high school. We read on, through a series of letters to her hero, John Wayne, as she has her ups and downs. High school probably would've been perfect for her if 1) her mom's weird (and I'm assuming) alcoholic boyfriend Mike O'Donnell didn't move in, 2) her sister wasn't getting hit by her hubby and 3) she could just figure out what was going on with a) her maybe gay father and b) the ever-adorable Paolo.

Let me start with this Mike O'Donnell guy: He's not even real (I'm hoping) and even I hate him. He's just so un-cool, and such a (insert bad word here), it kills me! To make matters worse, her sister shows up with odd bruises on her, which one can only assume were made by her horrible husband. But on happier notes, there's Paolo. Once again Carrie makes pretty much the perfect boy. (He's up there with Tom, Carrie!) I mean, I would want a guy learning John Wayne for me, too!

Liliana's not quite sure how to deal with her maybe-gay father (who she caught wearing tights - gasp!), but doesn't care as long as he's happy -- right? Liliana's high school life is so interesting, you would have to wrestle this book out of my hands. I absolutely loved it. With such adorable and sad characters, you really see how relatable they all are, and it's like you'd want to be their friend if they were real. Plus it's the kind of high school drama that would actually happen (and a few of you might have had happen)> Losing friends, gaining friends and so much more. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read. It will not disappoint.

By golly, you've done it again Carrie!
Loved it!

About 80 million stars out of 5.




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jeannineatkins
Oct. 27th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
"About 80 million stars out of 5."
Aw. Carrie can now rest in peace. I am not right now.. but how sweet to her ears!
kellyrfineman
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
I am sorry you lack peace at this moment.
jeannineatkins
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what I meant to write there, and I apologize, though thanks for your sweet thoughts. I started babbling, then cut some, but not enough.
ex_lgburns
Oct. 27th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
Now THAT is a good review! Just moved GIRL, HERO closer to the top of my TBR pile ...
kellyrfineman
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
M knows how to handsell, that's for sure.
boreal_owl
Oct. 27th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Great review, M!
kellyrfineman
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
She'll be pleased to hear it.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 27th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
TadMack says: :)
How much do I LOVE unbridled enthusiasm about a book!
80 million stars out of five, indeed!
kellyrfineman
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Re: TadMack says: :)
She definitely knows how to rave, that's for certain.
carriejones
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Ah, M. Someone told me I'd read this and get all verklempt and THEY WERE RIGHT!!!!

I am so glad you liked my book. How glad? Super made of awesome glad, basically.

You've made my day!

Thank you so much for:
1. Reading it.
2. Liking it.
3. Reviewing is with such awesomeness.
kellyrfineman
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
She will be so pleased that you commented.
carriejones
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Are you kidding? I am beyond pleased that she liked it so much. Thank you for posting it, Kelly.
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kellyrfineman
Oct. 28th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
I knew you did, since you said nice things about it on our play date.
angeladegroot
Oct. 28th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
I love M's 80 million stars out of 5. That's some review.
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