Luv Ya Bunches: A Flower Power Book

Luv Ya Bunches: A Flower Power Book

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by Lauren Myracle
     
 

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What do Katie-Rose, Yasaman, Milla, and Violet have in common? Other than being named after flowers, practically nothing. Katie-Rose is a film director in training. Yasaman is a computer whiz. Milla is third in command of the A list. And Violet is the new girl in school. They're fab girls, all of them, but they sure aren't friends. And if evil queen bee Medusa-'scuse

Overview

What do Katie-Rose, Yasaman, Milla, and Violet have in common? Other than being named after flowers, practically nothing. Katie-Rose is a film director in training. Yasaman is a computer whiz. Milla is third in command of the A list. And Violet is the new girl in school. They're fab girls, all of them, but they sure aren't friends. And if evil queen bee Medusa-'scuse me, Modessa-has her way, they never will be. But this is the beginning of a new school year, when anything can happen and social worlds can collide . . .

Told in Lauren Myracle's inventive narrative style-here a fresh mix of instant messages, blog posts, screenplay, and straight narrative-Luv Ya Bunches has been called "enticing" by Publishers Weekly and received a starred review from Booklist, which called it "a fun, challenging, and gently edifying story."

Editorial Reviews

Lauren Myracle, the author of the netspeak hits ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r, returns with another novel cleverly concocted in Internet shorthand. Told in a hip mix of IMs, blog rants, screenplays, and straight narrative, Luv Ya Bunches zips out the story of Katie-Rose, Milla, Yasaman, and Violet, four girls with distinctly different interests. Can a new school year and an evil clique queen bee bring them together? Twitter doesn't have the answer, but this book does.
Publishers Weekly
Blending instant messaging and screenplay-styled text into the narrative, Myracle (ttyl) begins a new series about the woes of being a tween, featuring four likable heroines all named after flowers. Katie Rose, Camilla (aka Milla), Yasaman and Violet come from different backgrounds and have distinct passions and insecurities (Yasaman is Muslim and an expert with computers; Milla, who has two mothers, struggles with her sense of self). But each could use a new friend as she begins fifth grade (“What Katie-Rose wants is a real friend, the kind that lasts forever”). Their shared distaste for meanness and their enthusiasm for the social networking site that Yasaman creates help draw the girls together—and their desire to get revenge against cruel queen bee Modessa, who has hurt each of them at some point, seals their camaraderie. The novel sends something of a mixed message about the acceptability of teasing as the girls’ plot their own prank in response to Modessa’s machinations. Still, readers will find the girls’ voices enticing and should be able to relate to their conflicts and inner anxieties. Ages 9–13.(Oct.)
Children's Literature - Jody Little
Katie-Rose is a hopeful, future movie director longing for a close girlfriend. Yasamin is a brilliant Muslim girl with a brand new social networking site she designed herself. Milla is a sweet girl with two moms who hangs out with the popular girls. Violet is the new girl trying to figure out where she belongs in the school social scene. On the first day of school, chaos in the halls leads to Milla losing her beloved turtle bobble-head. Violet finds the turtle, but she cannot make herself return it to Milla. Instead, she hides it where Modessa, the fifth grade's most popular girl finds it. Modessa claims that Katie-Rose was the one who stole the turtle which upsets Milla. Yasamin knows Katie-rose would never do that and she sets out to prove it. When the four girls discover that Modessa has lied, they set out to give her a taste of her own medicine. The author uses a combination of omniscient storytelling and chat room texting to develop the budding friendships of the four main characters. The two popular girls are stereotypically mean from beginning to end; however, this middle grade, chick-lit book offers a nice message of forgiveness and honesty. Reviewer: Jody Little
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Love Ya Bunches doesn't offer anything new. Four fifth graders become friends while fighting off Modessa, aka Medusa, your standard mean girl. The main characters, named for flowers, represent four ethnicities, which seems like a ploy except for a few fascinating discussions of customs. Violet, an African-American who is despondent because her mother is away due to mental problems, comes off as too precocious about social cues. Ignored Yasaman, a Muslim computer genius, creates a Web site only friends share. Bouncy, bossy, half-Chinese Katie-Rose makes videos. Anxious Milla (Camilla), a blond with lesbian mothers, is in thrall to Modessa. When she loses her lucky bobble-head turtle, Violet hides it for reasons even she can't discern. She arranges for Modessa to find it, thinking she'll give it to Milla. Instead, the meanie plants it in Katie-Rose's backpack and accuses her of stealing it. The truth comes out and the four wreak revenge of a mild sort on Modessa. Using movie scripts, chat, and standard narrative no longer seems innovative but does make for a breezy book. The four friends are depicted in a manga style of art. The book is at its best when Violet lets her guard down and allows her father to comfort her. But too often it's as two-dimensional as the doll-like figures on its cover.—Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Katie-Rose, Yasaman, Violet and Milla each occupy a different point in the fifth-grade social pecking order: Bossy, movie-obsessed Katie-Rose is at the bottom with Yasaman, whose hijab-wearing quietude belies her sharp insight and impressive computer geekery. New girl Violet has serious cool potential but is tortured by worries over her institutionalized mother, while fundamentally nice but deeply anxious Milla can't disentangle herself from Mean Girl-in-chief Modessa (fittingly called Medusa by Katie-Rose) and her henchwoman, Quin. With the blend of IM, texting, screenplay format, blog posts and standard narrative familiar from Myracle's ttfn series, each chapter shifts perspective, letting readers see the action from each girl's point of view. The plot is thin but perfectly captures tweens' concerns about social machinations, fitting in and finding a trustworthy group of pals, existing primarily to bring together the fabulously diverse foursome as they put a fitting, funny end to Modessa's reign of terror. It's no classic, but this series launch will be embraced, read and passed from friend to friend on middle-school playgrounds everywhere. (Fiction. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613120217
Publisher:
Amulet Paperbacks
Publication date:
04/18/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
777,473
File size:
12 MB
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Meet the Author

Lauren Myracle is the author of the New York Times bestselling Internet Girls series (ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r), Rhymes with Witches, and Bliss, among many other books for teenagers and young people. She grew up in Atlanta, is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program in writing for children and young adults, and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her family. Visit her online at www.laurenmyracle.com.

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Luv Ya Bunches 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
While it had a familiar plot it was so heartwarming and easy to relate to. Definetly reccomend this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Post this on three other bookand look under your pillows
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it just like Dork Diares where Mackenzie is the mean girl but the girls are not friends because they don't know each other!!!!!!!!! Please comment because I'm deciding wether to buy it or not!.......#pleaseanswer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theres nothing wrong with it. Its not anyboys fault if theyre gay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This awesome book will or might help you with your bff life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv this whole series. Unlike the Canterwood Crest books by Jessica Burkhart, there is almost no boy drama. Just bully drama. Modessa/Medusa is the Heather Fox of this book. Violet's problem in this book is that she has too many secrets and she doesn't really open up to her friends like she's supposed to until the end. It's mostly Modessa who makes this book interesting. Her style as an equal-opporotunity bully is what makes this book tick. Oh, and Milla does end up holding Max's hand in Awesome Blossom when they both go to Olive Garden, so that was kind of cute. But guess who ends up kissing a boy first? KATIE ROSE! She kisses Preston! READ THIS SERIES!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WT<_>F KIDS CAN KNOW ABOUT GAYS THERES NOTHING WRONG WITH IT. YO.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good although if you are an imature baby than it is inapropriate it does say pole dancer skanky slutty and stuff but is says that so you dont do those things it clearly states that milla did not like those things .Milla has two moms . So what that happens in real life all the time . It is stupid to pretend to people like that dont exsist. They are still people btw this is a great book and if you dont like what happens in real life i dont now what to tell you its just life dealwithit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!It is amazing and very well written. A good peice of liturature to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this approprite for wut grade thx im a worred kid trying to find out judt write ur msg and say 2 kyr thx ttylxox
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulious book,the ending is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next result.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book i loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The language in this book is VERY inappropriate for the target demographic. I happened to be reading with my 10 year for a school reading event and, after reading page 40 where a character used the words &quot;slutty&quot;, &quot;skanky&quot;, and &quot;pole-dancer&quot;, had my daughter return the book to the school library. I talked with the librarian and she is either go to pull it from the shelf or set a higher age level requirement for checking it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. If you're into drama,teenagers,and comedy,then this is an ideal book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your voice. Your voice res one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very entertaining book about friendship.Also very true.my fav book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
cute premise...but very inappropriate for girls of this age. It is not necessary to have homosexual parents or pole dancers or say inappropriate things in books for children. They get enough of this stuff in the real world just walking around the mall, books should be fun and carefree...not full of this inappropriate language and behavior.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for all ages .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book9! It is absolutly fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book I mean WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lauren myracle has done it again i love her books especially this series!!!!!!;)