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Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks

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by Lauren Myracle

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Growing up in a world of wealth and pastel-tinted entitlement, fifteen-year-old Carly has always relied on the constancy—and authenticity—of her sister, Anna. But when fourteen-year-old Anna turns plastic-perfect-pretty over the course of a single summer, everything starts to change. And there are boys involved, complicating things as boys always do


Growing up in a world of wealth and pastel-tinted entitlement, fifteen-year-old Carly has always relied on the constancy—and authenticity—of her sister, Anna. But when fourteen-year-old Anna turns plastic-perfect-pretty over the course of a single summer, everything starts to change. And there are boys involved, complicating things as boys always do. With warmth, insight, and an unparalleled gift for finding humor even in stormy situations, beloved author Lauren Myracle dives into the tumultuous waters of sisterhood and shows that even very different sisters can learn to help each other stay afloat.

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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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A must-read for fans of Sarah Dessen and Justina Chen Headley.
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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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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Meet the Author

Lauren Myracle is theauthor of many popular books for teens and tweens,including New York Times bestsellers ttyl and ttfn(Abrams). She lives with her family in Fort Collins,Colorado.

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Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 182 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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!
Evey_Dawkins More than 1 year ago
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!
Lexi_Lexi More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Iskabibile More than 1 year ago
So so so so so good it was a really good book about being sisters and it helps you appreciate you sisters!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
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:)
peace_love_books_333 More than 1 year ago
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?
CileyMyrus More than 1 year ago
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. (:
daprasi More than 1 year ago
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.
Myam_Lusia More than 1 year ago
Lauren Myracle did a wonderful job writing this novel. The cover caught my eye at the local library, so I decided to give it a try, not expecting anything too tremendous. Yet, when I began reading, I became so attached to this, I was very upset when it was over. Towards the end, the biggest surprise occurrs, and let me tell you - you WILL NOT see it coming!!! Carly tells her story through her jealous green eyes of her now-popular, attention-grabbing sister whom she used to be close to. Easy rainy-day read. Enjoyed it thouroghly.
lindzachino More than 1 year ago
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks is my new favorite book. I can relate to Carly so well- friends, boys, just typical life problems, everything. The book is very addicting and once you start it's hard to stop. It was very funny throughout, although towards the end, a boy (finally) confronts Carly with his feelings for her and I started to cry. Later, Carly confronts her father and I started to bawl. The ending was just adorable and made me wish my school had a pool. I wouldn't recommend this for younger kids because it IS about high school, so there are some more mature themes going on. But it was an amazing book and I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i've read almost all the books from lauren myracle, and they were great. so when i heard she wrote a new book called peace, love, and baby ducks, i searched all the bookstores to find it. it started out really cool, and it got into the book right away. it wasn't as good as i thought it would be, i was expecting more since her other books [especially ttyl] were really good, but it is still a very good, very hilarious, very sisterly-love thing, book. :) i would recommend it if u r very close to your sister, have a sister in your life, or just want to read it for fun, like me. it really revolves a lot around Carly and Anna, the two sisters.
pupdog96 More than 1 year ago
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks is an amazing book about two sisters who are in High School at the same time. They have to get threw not just their High School problems but the problems sisters go threw. There are boy problems (there always will be), family problems, and friend problems. If you don't read this book... then you don't know what you are missing out on! Oh ya... there are crazy teacher problems!!!! To add to everything!!! Read it!!! It is soooo good that they should make a movie!!!! Hint Hint Movie people!! lol! L8r G8r :D
marisab20 More than 1 year ago
This book was great. It was little hard to get into but i eventually got into it. Carly is such an awesome character and i really liked how she cared for her sister so much. It would be awesome if a sequel came out for this book. I would definetly read it!
Ilovebabyduckies13 More than 1 year ago
This book provides a fun and quirky read and proves that even very different sisters can keep each other afloat. The summary does indeed,sum it up pretty good. I give it two thumbs up and It's my favorite book now. I totally recomend this and all of the rest of Myracle's books. All together now "Praise Lauren!" Excellent writing and message. Yay!! I also would love a sequel so keep writing! P.S. peacelovebabyducks.ning.com is a great fan website with tons to do!!
GinnyM87 More than 1 year ago
Myracle's characters in "Peace, Love and Baby Ducks" are so real, you feel like you've known them your whole life. Reading "Peace..." brought back vivid memories of the pain and the joy and friendships of high school. What fun! I just loved loosing myself in this book. It's a MUST READ! (especially if you have a sister).
Norie_K More than 1 year ago
Lauren Myrical really outdid herself this time. This book could actually be a reality when it comes to sisterly love, life long friendships, and boy drama. She uses descriptive writing to get you entreeged into this wonderful world of teenage drama. A page turner that you will hate to put down because you are amazed. With all journeys that Anna and Carly experience you always want to know what happens next.A book great for all ages, both boys and girls. Buy Peace Love and Baby Ducks...you wont regret it!
avid-older-reader More than 1 year ago
Myracle's writing is so fresh and unpredictable, you can't go wrong with any book of hers you pick up, but this story about sisters who share and compete, love and deprecate, is truly a winner. Of course the story is not just about sisters Carly and Anna, but the other characters play between their scenes to tell us more about who the sisters are, and, primarily, to help Carly along the path to better understanding herself and her relationship with Anna. Peace is a heart-warming read for any parent of teens and for any teen girl with a sister she doesn't quite understand. And to all you fellows, read Peace for the insight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But only paper version great book very funny but some swear words thouth
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book but it has some swear words in it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just got not sure if i wanna read it is it a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i wanted to go to read the book it only had the ssmple and i paid $9.00
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:) <3 It is za best boook in the world