Changing My Wardrobe

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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.
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Overview

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.
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...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...
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...I enjoyed this roller coaster ride of emotions and hope you will soon. Take the ride as well...
Taking it One Page At A Time Book Reviews - Danica Page
This book is powerfully written, and beautifully captures what life is like as a teenager...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...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983526650
  • Publisher: Philyra Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/26/2011
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 222
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Deb Hanrahan lives in the Chicagoland burbs with her husband and three teenage kids. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
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  • Posted December 21, 2013

    I had fully planned on giving this a 4-star rating since this ap

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    I cant wait

    Im trying the sample!!!!

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    At the beginning of the book we meet Lindsey. She is freshman in

    At the beginning of the book we meet Lindsey. She is freshman in high school and she hopes that it'll be big beginning for her. She wanted to change her image and start better period in her life. She was pretty much as every freshman girl. Only life had some other plans for her. Everything seemed normal at the start. She has her best friend Tenny at her side and her brother Grouper. She even meets cute guy Marco. But problem is that her old friend Avery is still there. There we come to the story about bullying. Even in my craziest dreams I couldn't imagine that this book will end like that.

    Bullying is big problem around the world. Like I said first time I live or better said I grew up in different times and in country that was different and luckily that time was different when it comes to education and growing up. Bullying existed but it wasn't as huge problem as it is now. Unfortunately things have changed, even for us here. Bullying is becoming bigger and bigger problem. Deb did great job here. She wrote YA book which is appropriate for young readers who are mostly victims of bullying or bullies. Hopefully after reading this book some of them will consider their actions.

    This book is really readable. You'll maybe finish it in few hours but trust me you'll remember it for a long time.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    At the beginning of the book we meet Lindsey. She is freshman in

    At the beginning of the book we meet Lindsey. She is freshman in high school and she hopes that it'll be big beginning for her. She wanted to change her image and start better period in her life. She was pretty much as every freshman girl. Only life had some other plans for her. Everything seemed normal at the start. She has her best friend Tenny at her side and her brother Grouper. She even meets cute guy Marco. But problem is that her old friend Avery is still there. There we come to the story about bullying. Even in my craziest dreams I couldn't imagine that this book will end like that.

    Bullying is big problem around the world. Like I said first time I live or better said I grew up in different times and in country that was different and luckily that time was different when it comes to education and growing up. Bullying existed but it wasn't as huge problem as it is now. Unfortunately things have changed, even for us here. Bullying is becoming bigger and bigger problem. Deb did great job here. She wrote YA book which is appropriate for young readers who are mostly victims of bullying or bullies. Hopefully after reading this book some of them will consider their actions.

    This book is really readable. You'll maybe finish it in few hours but trust me you'll remember it for a long time.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    Wow. By the end of this story, I shed a few tears, and I have no

    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.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

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    I was really surprised by Changing My Wardrobe, and I mean that

    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.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    First I want to say that I absolutely loved this story. I think

    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

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    I was amazingly moved when I read Changing My Wardrobe by Deb Ha

    I was amazingly moved when I read Changing My Wardrobe by Deb Hanrahan. This is an honest book about teen bullying and the tragedy that it can do to people.

    The characters, the plot, even the dialog seemed real. I admire how Ms. Hanrahan showed the not only the victims side but the bully’s side as well.

    I recommend this book not only to teens but to parents as well. I think parents need to be more aware of what is going on out there and I really think this book can help enlighten them.

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

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    I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading Changing My

    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.


    Review originally posted at Doodle's Book Blog

    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.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    Changing my Wardrobe tackles a harsh subject. Bullying is a majo

    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.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    Because I don't want to spoil things for future readers, I will

    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.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    This book was so good and very eye opening. Having a child in s

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Lindsey is a likable freshman who I think a lot of girls could r

    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.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    OOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book was so freakin amazing!!!! You have absolutely no idea!!!! It made me laugh and cry at the same time and its definetly worth reading!!!! Enjoy!!!

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Every star is well deserved

    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 Crazy Lady with a Pen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Reallly awsome

    This books shows girls that an be themselves and have goodfriends. So.if you just started highschool. Read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Litreviews

    Wow! The ending was so unexpected! It had me in tears! A very amazing book!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    I loved this book!

    I finished it in one day. The ending was so sad. I actually cried. I wish Marco was a real person.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Awesome book

    This book was great. I didn't expect the ending at all. I hope there is a sequel.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Amazing!

    I am 13 years old and this book was amazing!!!!!! It had a great story plot and had a very good ending! I think everyone should read this book it is good for all ages.

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