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It's All about Us (All about Us Series #1)

It's All about Us (All about Us Series #1)

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by Shelley Adina

Tall, blonde Lissa Mansfield is used to being one of the "in" crowd—but being accepted by the popular girls at posh Spencer Academy boarding school in San Francisco is turning out to be harder than she thought. And then there's her New-York-loudmouth roommate, Gillian Chang, who's not just happy to be a Christian herself—she's determined to out Lissa, too


Tall, blonde Lissa Mansfield is used to being one of the "in" crowd—but being accepted by the popular girls at posh Spencer Academy boarding school in San Francisco is turning out to be harder than she thought. And then there's her New-York-loudmouth roommate, Gillian Chang, who's not just happy to be a Christian herself—she's determined to out Lissa, too! If Lissa can just keep her faith under wraps long enough to hook Callum McCloud, the hottest guy in school, she'll be golden.
But when Callum pressures her to go all the way with him, Lissa has to decide for herself how far is too far. How can she see that line when he's so gorgeous and popular and she's so dazzled? And besides, she's too busy shopping for a Valentino and booking the hottest celeb for the Benefactors Ball. Who knew finding a place at Spencer Academy would be so complicated?

Product Details

Publication date:
All about Us Series , #1
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Shelley Adina is a world traveler and pop culture junkie with an incurable addiction to designer handbags. She knows the value of a relationship with a gracious God and loving Christian friends, and she's inviting today's teenage girls to join her in these refreshingly honest books about real life as a Christian teen—with a little extra glitz thrown in for fun! In between books, Adina loves traveling, listening to and making music, and watching all kinds of movies.

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It's All about Us (All about Us Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
dolphingurl More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book!! I just finished the second one. But I was wondering if they were going to make a movie on this series. I would love to go see a movie on this!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it lissa is so much like me.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
This book (and the other books in this series) has got to be the hippest and most fun Christian YA book I have ever read. I read a lot of YA fiction, both Christian and mainstream, and it's interesting to see the different parallels between the two. Only recently has Christian YA fiction begin to branch out to reach the mainstream YA audience. This book definitely succeeds in being able to merge the two together. The setting of the book takes place in a boarding school, which is the "in thing" for all current YA stories. The characters all act their age, there's pop culture references that are fresh, and just enough label dropping that teen girls will love but not feel like they are bombarded with. The book is written in a style that fans of Gossip Girl and the A-List will recognize. The FIM chats at the end of the chapter are reminiscent of these books and give a shout out to all the teens that use this service. The main attraction of this series is that Adina is fully able to write in a modern teen's voice. She does not include over the top slang that shows she's trying to hard, but neither does she make the girls act like miniature adults. She shows the in crowd and how mean girls really can be. I also appreciated the multi racial cast of characters. I still cannot understand why YA seems to be the only genre in Christian fiction that regularly has multicultural characters that don't happen to be either adopted or immigrants. It's wonderful to read about different cultures and see a truly real cast of characters but it baffles me as to why this hasn't caught on in the rest of the Christian fiction world. There may be critics of this book that say that teens girls (especially Christian girls) shouldn't be focusing that much on boys. However I will disagree because, being a former teen girl, boys are a part of a regular teen girls life and this book shows what really happens in relationships. While it is a Christian book, the book is not preachy at all. If a non Christian were to read this book, they were neither be offended or feel like they are getting a sermon preached at them. On the other hand, Christian teens who do read this book will enjoy having characters who are Christians but act just like they do. This is probably the best YA series I've read this year and I'm really glad that it's having such a positive reaction to it. If you are a big fan of YA and would like to read a book that has all the drama, fashion and fun of Gossip Girl but without the sex, language and alcohol use, this book is for you. It's a wonderful edge step for Christian YA lit. VERY HIGHLY recommended.
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Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Jill Williamson

Since Lissa Mansfield¿s director father is moving up to San Francisco for a project, Lissa decides to transfer to posh boarding school, Spencer Academy, for the next two years. Her number one goal is this: befriend the popular crowd ASAP and gain the interest of hottie, Callum McCloud.

Unfortunately, Lissa¿s new roommate is a Christian, just like Lissa. This should be a good thing, but Gilliam Chang is determined to keep Lissa in check every minute, which doesn¿t exactly make her look very cool. And when things heat up with Callum, Lissa has to decide how far is too far. Will she consult God or her Christian friends on how to deal with her struggles, or rely on her own slightly skewed perspective?

This was a great book. It realistically deals with the everyday pressure for girls to get a boyfriend and to keep him. I identified with Lissa¿s struggles. I could see where she was coming from, even though it almost hurt to watch her make mistakes. Shelley Adina tells it like it is and her characters reflect that. They are honest, funny, sometimes shallow, and very realistic. Nicely done. Recommended.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Meet Lissa Mansfield. She's about to start her junior year at Spencer Academy. The daughter of a well-known director (yes, he's worked with THAT Lucas) and a fundraising dynamo, the family is relocating to San Francisco for the next two years. Lissa has agreed to become a boarding student at Spencer during that time to be closer to her father's work location. Lissa is confident that the move from Santa Barbara to Spencer Academy will be easy enough. After all, she's outgoing and popular at her old high school.

Lissa is determined to befriend Vanessa Talbot, the It Girl of the Academy. If she can become friends with Vanessa, then it's a sure thing that Callum McCloud, the absolute hottest guy on campus, will take notice of her. But from the start, things don't go as smoothly as Lissa would hope. To add insult to injury, Lissa is getting a new roommate, Gillian Chang.

Lissa is a Christian with strong values. However, Lissa keeps her religion to herself. That becomes harder to do when Gillian shows up. Gillian is outspoken, very Christian in her beliefs, and a bit pushy. Lissa and Gillian form a tentative friendship, but as Lissa's desires to get into the popular crowd start to happen, Gillian is negative and derogatory of everything Lissa does.

Lissa is soon tested to her limits. She is forced to weigh her religious convictions against her desires to have a gorgeous boyfriend and popularity. When things go horribly wrong one night with Callum, Lissa agrees to let God guide her on the path she was meant to lead.

This new series by Shelley Adina is a breath of fresh air. It has all the excitement and drama that teens have come to love. It takes the drama and turmoil found in THE IT GIRL and PRIVATE series', but it gives teens a look at God's guiding love through the situations that face everyone as they grow up. Ms. Adina is a wonderful addition to this addicting genre of teen fiction.

Now, I'm off to find out Gillian's story in the second book of the series, THE FRUIT OF MY LIPSTICK.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was not my favorite and not worth buying but was ok for checking out from the library for timepass... i have many friends who are christian and read this book. They laughed hysterically at the amount of emphasis they put on Jesus and God which was very unreal. Yet the ending made me want to read the sequel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think this book is great!we all have our opinions though. i have just bought the book today at a local book store and so far it's really good. i'm a believer too and think that this is a great way to reach out to other people about God. So far the book is fine but again that's just my opinion. 'which is one of about 3 billion others' so take it as you will but i think it's a great book.'SO FAR!!'
Book_Lover2 More than 1 year ago
To tell you two things. I picked this book up at goodwill on the shelf and
I thought it looked fabulos. The second thing to tell you is I'm only on
chapter 22. So heres what I think of it's all about us so far. I love it!
I love the chemistrey between Callum and Lissa. I hope they work out that
rough patch their in! It makes me sad that they got into a little mishap.
Well I hope the ending is fantabulos! Can't wait to see what happens.
3 cheers for it's all about us. Wooo Hooo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i read the back of the book i thought it might be good. Boy was i wrong! This book is cheesy and fake. The story is so UNREAL that i wanted to rewrite it myself. I am a believer in God but this story adds so much God and prayers and blessings that i was laughing histerically in my room. Its pitiful! Dont spend your money on it! You will thank me.