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Wealth. Privilege. Way too many pastel-tinted opinions. That is Carly’s life, and . . . It’s. Getting. On. Her. Nerves. Carly is ready to ditch the southern princess act and become real. The thing is, she’s always counted on her little sister, Anna, to love and support her—and tell her how right she is. But when Anna turns “hot” over the course of a single summer, everything goes weird. Suddenly Anna’s swimming in the deep end with the big girls while Carly watches from the kiddie pool, alone. Carly’s always ...

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Overview

Wealth. Privilege. Way too many pastel-tinted opinions. That is Carly’s life, and . . . It’s. Getting. On. Her. Nerves. Carly is ready to ditch the southern princess act and become real. The thing is, she’s always counted on her little sister, Anna, to love and support her—and tell her how right she is. But when Anna turns “hot” over the course of a single summer, everything goes weird. Suddenly Anna’s swimming in the deep end with the big girls while Carly watches from the kiddie pool, alone. Carly’s always relied on the constancy of her sister, but now everything is different, and she’s not so sure she likes it.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

An honest narrator grounds this sweet story about two sisters learning to accept their differences-and help each other grow up. The sisters, who live in an exclusive Atlanta neighborhood, both attend "the most prestigious prep school in the South," but while narrator Carly thrives on being an individual, Anna's pretty face and developing body earn her a different kind of attention. Carly stands up for her softer sister often (telling their mom to stop treating curvy Anna like she is fat, for example). She realizes, though, that she is jealous of Anna's looks even though "I'm her big sister, who should be above such things." As the sisters get different friends and interests, Carly spends less time with Anna, and they find themselves saying mean things and betraying each other (Anna even hooks up with Carly's crush). The conclusion gets emotionally overwrought with a teary scene in which the sisters turn into "a puddle of ridiculous-ness," but mostly readers will find both the characters and their problems genuine. Ages 12-up. (May)

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Booklist
A must-read for fans of Sarah Dessen and Justina Chen Headley.
Horn Book
With humor and empathy, Myracle explores the hazardous trails of evolving friendships, unfair teachers, and devastating crushes-and the elastic bonds of sisterhood that outlast them all.
VOYA - Dotsy Harland
Carly, an earthy, confident teen, is becoming exasperated by her younger sister, Anna, who is attracting plenty of male attention with her newly developing body. Now that they attend the same private high school in their upper-class Atlanta suburb, tensions begin to rise. Anna drifts closer to Carly's oldest friend, Peyton, who is spending more and more time with popular students whom Carly considers shallow. When Carly's parents go on an overnight trip, Peyton convinces Carly to have a party by telling her that Cole, the boy Carly has fallen for, will be coming. Carly is furious when a mob of unruly students shows up with alcohol, and her emotions erupt when she finds Cole seducing Anna. The turning point for Carly is when, distracted by the turmoil, she accidently causes the death of a wild duckling that is in her care. Carly recognizes her love for and responsibility toward her sister, sees clearly who her real friends are, and ends up with the right guy. In spite of a slow beginning, this novel is immensely satisfying. Myracle is a master at exploring the topics of sexuality, religion, and racism without going too far. Carly is a delight, but the novel's peripheral characters tend to be one dimensional. Carly and Anna's parents, although loving, seem strangely detached from their children's lives. Nevertheless this coming-of-age story is a wrenching, humorous, and triumphant celebration of family dynamics and friendship. Female readers, especially, will thoroughly enjoy it. Reviewer: Dotsy Harland
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
After Carly spends the summer in an outdoor enrichment program in rural Tennessee, she finds that her present life in Buckhead, an Atlanta suburb, a bit stifling. Not at all comfortable with the societal expectations of her private prep school, Carly determines that she is going to assert her individuality regardless of what the girls at school, her "fashionista" mother, and status-seeking father say; but when Carly's sister, Anna, becomes the freshman poster girl for "hot" and draws the attention of both the popular girls as well as the majority of the boys at the school, Carly is confused and concerned. To cover her bewilderment, she lets people know that she does not want Anna to grow up too quickly, but Carly also finds herself struggling with a level of jealousy about the attention Anna is getting from everyone they know. Carly comes to realize that Anna is scared and often offended by the attention she is receiving, both at school and from her parents, who flit from her father's encouragement of her sexuality to her mom's determination that she is gaining weight too quickly and could be ruining her fantastic new figure. As Carly comes to terms with what Anna is facing, she finds that she does have the maturity to both help her sister and define herself as the type of young woman with whom she can be comfortable. This is Myracle's best book, in my opinion, as she really takes the time to develop Carly into a three-dimensional character. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—This paean to sisters is flat-out wonderful, full of emotion and bittersweet teenage confusion. It tackles faith, racism, sexism, and the tug-of-war close siblings can engage in while establishing their identity. Free-spirited sophomore Carly reacts against the consumerism of the girls' upscale Atlanta neighborhood while she enjoys what it has to offer. Freshman Anna relies on Carly at their prestigious private school, Holy Redeemer. She has developed large breasts that grant her unwanted attention. Carly helps her sister to face down a bullying coach, and the girls support each other against their über-critical father. Everyone but Carly can see that dependable Roger could be her "love boodle," but she has a crush on Cole, who has "soulful eyes." A sleepover when the girls' parents are away develops into an out-of-control party, and the sisters' trust in one another frays when Carla finds Anna with Cole. Ultimately, however, their bond strengthens. Language is realistic with some swearing. These are girls with hot tempers, bruised egos, and great love for one another. Readers will love them, too.—Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Predictable territory is made richer by a large cast of multidimensional characters in this work of contemporary realism set in an affluent Atlanta community. Older sister Carly returns from wilderness camp to discover that her little sister Anna has morphed in a matter of weeks from little girl to hottie, just in time for the start of her freshman year at the same Christian private school Carly attends. In first-person narration, Carly styles herself as a free spirit, listening to music from the late '60s and wearing retro, hippie clothes. This spawns growing pains between the two girls, as Carly becomes increasingly critical of the image-consciousness that dominates their family life and the social sphere of their peers, even as she falls deep into a crush on a boy based on little more than surface-level traits. Myracle's spot-on portrayal of a teen stuck in the throes of defining herself based on what she is not rather than what she is allows plenty of room for Carly to muse, grow and change. (Fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525477433
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/14/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 337,601
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Myracle is the New York Times bestselling author of Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen and The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life, as well as the Internet Girls series (ttyl) and Bliss (Abrams). Lauren lives with her family in Colorado.
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  • Posted July 16, 2009

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    Reviewed by Andrea for TeensReadToo.com

    Carly and Anna are two sisters who are very close in age, but very far apart in personality.

    Carly is a sophomore in high school who is very skinny after spending six weeks of the summer working outdoors in Tennessee. She wants to be different than the "Barbies" (as she calls them) at her preppy Catholic School. Anna is a freshman in high school who suddenly grew a large chest over the summer, has all the right curves, and is beautiful. All of the boys want her, but she is seen as a sex object.

    PEACE, LOVE, & BABY DUCKS deals with their relationship and the trials of high school life.

    I read this book in one sitting. I really could identify with parts of both Carly and Anna. I could totally understand how Carly wanted to be different and wanted to be accepted for that. But I could also see how Anna didn't want to be different and wanted Carly to accept HER for that.

    This was a great sisterly story (it made me wish I had a sister). I found myself laughing out loud at a bunch of what the sisters said. There was also a great love story with Carly. Who should she choose - the cool, guitar-playing Cole, or the always there for her, Dutch Roger? And I loved all the ducky references.

    Overall, a really cute teeny-bopper story!

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    Loved it!!

    I've just graduated high school and am going through a weird book phase where I seem to be reading nothing but books about teenagers. Of all the books I downloaded to bring to the beach, this one definitely had to be my favorite. The characters were vivid and believable, and the writing style made me believe that the story was being told by a teenaged girl. The plot explores both superficial and profound issues that high school girls face such as jealousy, boys, self-esteem, God, and what it means to be sisters. This is such a light and enjoyable read, yet it's laden with such a profound message. It is all around a great book and I can't wait to read more of what Lauren Myracle has to offer!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    LOVED IT!!!=]

    This was an AMAZING book! I really enjoyed it! It was funny and had a great lesson to it!
    Anyone who loves Lauren or not....READ IT!!!
    It was awesome

    Have Peace Love and always carry a baby duck

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Bad Sample

    i downloaded a free sample and the sample ended before the book even started! dont waste your space ! >:(

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Love it

    This book is a work of art! I absolutly love it! This book has a little something for all readers. It also has what most expearience. Fights with sisters. This book really takes you through the ups and downs of sisterly bond. Lauren is my hero and a role modle to all tweens and teens. No matter who you are buy this book! You WON'T regret it! Lauren i love you so much and you are my hero keep writing! This is one if my favorite peices from you write book 2!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVED this book sooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!! i wish it didn't stop! it is one of my favorite books and i recommed that you read it!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

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    This book was Amazing.!

    I love Peace, Love & Baby Ducks a lot and it was a fast read. It kind of inspired me to appreciate my sister a little bit more. I think the author's purpose for writing this story was to show how everyone is different yet we can get along. Like in the book Carly the older sister is so hippy and has a free spirit while her sister Anna is worrying about boys and her nails. They both do get along at times and depend on each other. In this book Peace, love and baby ducks, I learned that the bond between sisters should be eternal and that sisters everywhere are close. They started drifting apart in the book when Carly came home from working on a farm all summer. She came back to her so called "fake" sister. Anna in this book just wants to be more of an adult while Carly doesn't see her as one yet. They start school and Carly see's a guy of her dreams while she doesn't know that she is the girl of his. Girls get jealous but she doesn't know the first thing about guys. That's where Anna comes in. Anna then helps Carly get normal clothes and be flirty. If you do want to know the end of this book you will have to read it yourself I really did enjoy it and I think you will too. This book I think talked mostly about Carly getting along with people and finding new relationships.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Peace love and baby ducks

    So so so so so good it was a really good book about being sisters and it helps you appreciate you sisters!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    this book is

    very very awsome funny and sweet 5 stars

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    5 stars!

    This book was the most addicting thing ever! I loved the facr,t it was in 3 parts and it was totally addicting! 5 stars!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    The best book

    Layren has made this a delightful read with a good plot and introduction this was my favorite book of the year.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Plz answer my question:recommended or not ...

    Good book or not? I no thats its wrong to judge a book by its cover but is it good or not??

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Ftr

    Such a good book luv u lauren

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    IT'S DA BOM!!!!!!

    Carly is a 15 year old who is a sophmore in HS. when she returns from a summer camp al of a sudden her lil sis Anna has turned "hot". in this book she endures sister fights and giant crushes all while accepting that her il sis is growing up even though she doesnt want her to.Its an AMAZING book witha capital A. I highly recomend it. PADDLE HARDER LIL DUCKY-WUCKY!!!!!!!!(: <3

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2011

    Wasn't the best

    i was really disapointed in what i found in her book because i have read all the other ones and they were great but this one i acually strongly disliked!!!one of the nongood books i have ever read and i read alot!!!!!im sorry!!!:(

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2010

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    Loved. This. Book!!

    I really loved Peace, Love, And Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle because it was a touching story about two sisters who are about as different as can be, but they come together finally in a really special way. Carly is the older sister, extremely skinny from working out in the wilderness for six weeks in the summer, and feeling the desire to break out of the confines of their suburban Atlanta bubble. Her younger sister Anna is an incoming freshman and over the summer, grown a chest, which gives her attention but not in the right way. The two sisters fight alot, over typical sister issues, but when things get really serious, Anna still turns to her big sis Carly to help out.
    The dialog is real and I think there are so many great scenes its hard to know which ones to include. I have to say the "Buckhead Hillbillies" scenes are laugh out loud funny, and even though she ends up in some hot water with her father over the video, I thought what Carly did was great!! And I think that the tender way Carly cares for the baby ducks is so sweet, and I love the little duck references throughout the book.
    This book is perfect for sisters of any age, even for those of us who dont have a real sister, it gave me insight into the dynamics and bond that sisters have. I even hazard a guess that guys might even learn something from it as well. So guys, even though there are baby ducky-wucky's in the title....go for it!! Paddle harder:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

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    Not what I'd Expected

    This book isn't what I had expected. The only reason I got it was because it had a peace sign on the front. :) But when I got to the end, I thought it was a fun book, and a fast read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

    Absorbing And Fun

    This book was awesome! It was well-written and very interesting with the twists and turns of plot. It was also very sweet because it showed sisterly love and arguments, which made me happy to have a sister and be a sister. I could not put this book down whatsoever! It's about a wealthy teenager named Carly who hates to stick to the status quo. Her little sister Anna, however, is more than enabled to fit in, and Carly is often left wondering how to take care of Anna and herself. On top of all this, Carly is in love with a "dreamy" boy named Cole, but will that work out?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

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    Peace, Love & Baby Ducks...

    Peace, Love, & Baby Ducks was a great book with lot's of thrilling angst. It's perfect for teens and young adults. The plot has lot's of twists and turns, but that's what made it an amazing book. In the recommended I put most of lauren myracle's books. She writes around the same topics and puts nice spins on them and makes the reader feel like they are right with the characters like they are family! I personally enjoy her writing for it makes me connect to my life and how I can change things, or don't do things like for example, I wouldn't be mean or a bully because things bad happen in the end. I hope everyone enjoys her books and the rest of this series. (:

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

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    Peace Love and Baby Ducks

    Wonderful book for tween and teen girls, mostly. There is a very sad bit at the end though. I won't say what it is because I don't want to spoil it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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