Something to Blog About

Something to Blog About

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by Shana Norris
     
 


Boys, bullies, and blogs come together in a book that brings the popular online diary format to print.

For fans of Lauren Myracle’s ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r, this fun, fast-paced book introduces an unforgettable and relatable heroine and features chapter openers designed to look like the pages of an online blog. An innovative debut,

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Boys, bullies, and blogs come together in a book that brings the popular online diary format to print.

For fans of Lauren Myracle’s ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r, this fun, fast-paced book introduces an unforgettable and relatable heroine and features chapter openers designed to look like the pages of an online blog. An innovative debut, Something to Blog About is filled with the memorable missteps and heartfelt emotions of growing up.

Libby Fawcett decides to start a secret blog so that she can have an outlet to vent her feelings and frustrations. When Seth Jacobs (her crush since eighth grade) witnesses her tragic (and comic) run-in with a Bunsen burner in chemistry class, or when she finds out that her mother is dating the father of her arch-nemesis, Angel Rodriguez, she’s able to keep a level head and make it through school each day with each blog posting. But when her entries get posted all over for the whole world to see, will Libby be able to walk the halls—or face Seth—ever again?

Debut author Shana Norris will win over a whole new generation of teens as she hilariously chronicles the pitfalls and triumphs of the life of a high school girl.

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Publishers Weekly

Fifteen-year-old Libby Fawcett prefers using her password-protected blog to keeping a journal-it feels safer, more private. And 10th grade gives her lots of material: her big crush on Seth Jacobs; her mortifying accidents in chemistry, where she sets her hair on fire because she's daydreaming about Seth; the humiliations dished out by mean girl Angel Rivera. At home, Libby learns that her mother has been dating someone for months, and is horrified to discover that the gentleman is Angel's father. In the meantime, Seth asks Libby to tutor him in chemistry (she gets one of her best friends to tutor her first, natch), and he starts confiding in Libby. As Libby, blogging all the while, misreads the clear signs of his interest in her, the stage is set for obvious catastrophe: Angel and her dad come to Libby's house for dinner, Libby leaves her computer open, and sneaky Angel posts Libby's blog all over school, with easily foreseeable results. But there's promise in the characterizations: Libby genuinely empathizes with other people, even Angel, and debut novelist Norris lets her do so without compromising her credibility. Creating a believable narrator who's this nice takes talent, more than the tired plot alone would suggest. Ages 10-up. (Feb.)

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AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 14.

Plain Libby has a secret crush on cute Seth who, unbeknownst to her, reciprocates. Beautiful Angel is Libby's arch enemy who delights in tormenting her and also has her sights set on Seth. Keisha is Libby's best friend whom Libby's cousin Roger secretly likes. Libby's single mom, Maura, and Angel's single dad, Manny, have been dating for several months, without the girls' knowledge. Will love prevail? In order to get closer to him, Libby, who is barely passing chemistry, agrees to tutor Seth, who is failing. But Keisha must tutor Libby first. Angel concocts a plan to separate Manny and Maura, using an unwitting Libby. Roger schemes to woo Keisha. These plans may be in jeopardy, however, when Angel illicitly accesses Libby's private blog and maliciously posts some disparaging entries throughout the school. Told in the first person by Libby, each chapter in this predictable story begins with an entry from her blog. Libby is clumsy and suffers no end of humiliation, however, she also has great insight, especially regarding Angel's hostility. The action moves quickly within the book's two-month time frame. Adequate writing will keep young readers' interest, but the denouement is anticlimactic. Although not great literature, this harmless love farce with stereotypical characters will be popular with tween girls who will be attracted to the appealing cover. Reviewer: Ed Goldberg
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

KLIATT - KLIATT Review
The cover illustration for this funny, light novel consists of three panels of a comic strip, without words, telling the story of the first incident in Libby's life that she records in her blog: when her hair caught fire in chemistry class as she leaned too close to the Bunsen burner, distracted by her crush on Seth and her hatred of Angel Rodriguez. Libby pours out her heart in her blog, carefully protecting it with a password, never wanting anyone else to read it. Then, her single mother falls in love with Angel's father--oh no! It's the first agreement she has with Angel, that their parents' relationship is impossible. Angel can't be trusted, however, and when she gets access to Libby's computer, she sends the blog across the Internet, telling the school all about Libby's feelings toward Seth and other "secrets." Libby is a sophomore, and she and Angel have been fighting since grade school. How it gets resolved with a happy ending is the stuff of a witty sitcom. The blog format interspersed with chapters will interest Internet-savvy readers. Age Range: Ages 12 to 15. REVIEWER: Claire Rosser (Vol. 42, No. 1)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The significance of the cover becomes quite clear fairly early in the book. Libby, a high school sophomore, is a good kid but seems t be a zero when it comes to dating and understanding guys. She lives with her single mother and they have a surprisingly good relationship. She also has two good friends, Keisha and her cousin Roger, who are also basically good kids too. Trouble appears in the form of Angel, Libby's nemeses since kindergarten. Could things in high school get any worse or more complicated? Yes indeed as Libby's heartthrob asks her to tutor him in a subject that she is failing in school, and her cousin wants her help with his secret crush, and her mother has started dating. To tell all would ruin the story, but the blog (Libby's diary plays a big role) and watching her grow, solve problems, and remain a nice girl may be a little unrealistic, but it makes for an uplifting and quick read. Down with angst, gloom, and doom! Enjoy a fast paced book that actually ends on a positive note. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Grace Pendergrass
A modern-day teenage love story, Libby Fawcett has terrible luck. She burns her hair on a Bunsen burner, and her mother is dating her archenemy's father. Things start to look up for Libby when her crush of two years, Seth Jacobs, asks for her help in chemistry class. Libby is hardly passing chemistry herself and is distracted by thoughts of a different type of "chemistry." Things take a turn for the worst when Libby's rival, Angel, posts her private blog around school. When all of the secrets that Libby's friends have shared with her become common knowledge for the school, Libby must make important decisions that will alter her future, the future of her friends, and the happiness of her mother. Readers from seventh grade and up will enjoy reading this book and learn an important lesson about privacy and the Internet. Reviewer: Grace Pendergrass
School Library Journal

Gr 8-10- Sophomore Libby Fawcett decides to forgo a traditional journal and use a password-protected online blog to pour out her heart instead. She blogs her thoughts about her friend Keisha; her cousin Roger; her crush, Seth; and her tormentor, Angel. In spite of a chemistry-class disaster in which she catches her hair on fire, Seth asks her to tutor him, and she jumps at the chance. Meanwhile, romance seems to be in the air; Roger is playing secret admirer to win Keisha's love, and Libby's mother is dating a lawyer who turns out to be-gasp!-Angel's father. Of course, Angel discovers Libby's password and posts her blog entries all over the school, threatening her friendships and her budding relationship with Seth. The first-person narration inevitably leaves character motivation unexplored: If Seth is such a nice guy that he takes his grandmother dancing, why is he best friends with Angel? Why does Angel feel the need to torment Libby? Why does Libby's mom keep her boyfriend a secret for seven months? Nevertheless, short chapters and plenty of drama make this a snappy, breezy read for girls who long for the boy next door-or at the next locker-to notice them.-Laurie Slagenwhite, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Libby Fawcett has a few issues. She is inevitably a total klutz in front of the boy she has a huge crush on, her mom is dating and she is targeted by the most popular girl in high school as the object of ridicule. Before her frustration causes her to blow, she decides to express everything in a secret blog. In chapters alternating between exposition and blog entries, Libby details the devastating news that her archenemy Angel is the daughter of the guy with whom her mom is seriously involved. Her mom thinks that Angel cannot be that bad; of course Libby knows better. She does learn that Angel has issues of her own, but in a realistic way, Norris does not pretend that the girls will become best friends. Rather, they become resigned to the fact that their parents are engaged and so Angel tones down the hostility a bit. The main problem with this story is why Libby chose to blog even though she never intended for anyone to read her very frank remarks. Of course, Angel finds her password and prints it out, bringing it to school and causing Libby no end of trouble. If one can get past that unlikely scenario, this is amusing and Libby is a character to whom younger girls may relate. (Fiction. 9-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810994744
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,382,952
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Shana Norris is a Web designer by day and a writer at night. She lives with her husband in Kinston, North Carolina, where she actively posts on her own blog. This is her first novel. Visit www.shananorris.com for more information.

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Something to Blog about 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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PKinRALCC More than 1 year ago
Something to blog about by Shana Norris is about a girl named Libby. She has a enemy named Angel since she was in kindergarten. According to Libby, Angel's only mission in life is to make Libby miserable. So Libby decides to start a secret blog where she can express her feelings and frustratioins. But when Libby thought things couldn't get any worse, Angel plays her most wicked prank yet. In this book, Shana Norris describes the events that are life changing for Libby. I really enjoyed this book. While reading this book, I was very absorbed into the story. It was very hard to put the book down. I could easily relate to what Libby was feeling. It felt as if I was right there with Libby in chemistry class when she burns her hair. Aside from the story, I really enjoyed the cover of the book. The three boxes show the scene that happens at the beginning of the book. This event in Libby's life is very significant. I would recommend this book to my friends because any one can easily relate. I don't know about adults but I am sure that teenagers will love this book that has a little romance and a lot of drama. Something to blog about is a must read.
HollywoodK More than 1 year ago
This Book Was Great , Omgish Did I Enjoy This Book Im Only 15 Im Ah Shopmore And I Reall Liked It Its Kept My Eyes Open Untill The Every End , I Couldnt Stop Readinq It Wow !! , I Think Every Teenage Girl Will Love It I Sure Did Now Adults Might Not As Much , I Checked This Book Out My Skool On Firday And Finshed It Saturday Even Durinq SkoOL I Couldnt Stop Reading It Its Very Easy Not Compilcated , I Love It , I Really Enjoy This Book
peppermintpatty320 More than 1 year ago
This book was fun, enjoyable, and although it was somewhat predictable at points, I loved it none the less. I felt like I could really relate to the main character and although this is not one of the most thought provoking or best written books I have ever read, I loved reading it in the summer. I read this book and reccomend it for all teenagers even those who are 17 or 18. This book was great and was fun without being morally questionable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading the clique books and never thought i would find a book as good but this one is. I loved this book i just wish it was longer!
ohmyjulie More than 1 year ago
Alrighty, this book was very much like 'Click Here' by Denise Vega; the whole going-through-school thing, blogging online, and aforementioned blog being spilled to the school. However, I'm not going to hold the plot against Shana Norris, so here's my review. When I first saw the cover, I thought it'd be those comic-strip based stories. It wasn't, but I enjoyed 'Something To Blog About' nonetheless. From the first page, I was gripped. The reality of Libby's life at home and at school was something I could easily relate to. I can't count how many times I threw the book across the room because of Queen Bee Angel Riviera. Hey, any book that can give you that type of emotion is A+!! I'd definitely recommend this book to any teenage girls, since it's usually us who have to deal with all the drama at school. (:
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you just have to have a place to vent, ya know?

That's why Libby Fawcett started her blog. She wrote about her most embarrassing moments, like when she caught her hair on fire in chemistry class right in front of Seth Jacobs! She posted an entry the day she found out her mom was dating someone and that it had been going on for months. She blogged about her morning breath that tasted like she'd "been eating socks" in her sleep and the pimple on her earlobe. And she wrote about her cousin, Roger, who was crushing on her best friend, Keisha. She wrote about everything. And why not? She'd taken precautions. The blog was set to private. No one else could see it. Could they?

Angel Rivera, Libby's sworn enemy, torments Libby on a daily basis at school. When the girls discover their parents are dating one another, the harassment escalates. When Libby finds herself suspended after one of Angel's pranks, she realizes that she's being used to help break up their parents. Does she really want to cause her mother that much pain? Doing the right thing becomes even more difficult after Angel manages to turn the entire school against Libby.

SOMETHING TO BLOG ABOUT by Shana Norris is funny and engaging, a wonderful glimpse into the topsy-turvy emotions of a teen in love, who's also dealing with a parent who's dating and in love. I was only a few chapters in when my twelve-year-old daughter snagged my copy and read it straight through. She loved it! This first novel by Shana Norris is definitely "SOMETHING TO BLOG ABOUT!"
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best book i have read!!!!! its relates to how school is really like......its really fun to read and i seriously enjoy it!!! :D i just got the book yesterday and i ordered it online on sunday!!! i loved it so much i finished it in one day!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the best book i have ever read in my whole entire life. i am usually a slow reader, and i was totaly amazed when i finished this book in 4 days. this book made me laught and cry. i recomend this book to teens who love to read books with bolgs and diaries, as i do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was sooooooo relatable! Boys are so secrative sometimes u dont no if they like you or not sometimes. This is what this girl was going through! I read it in a day! Please read this book, you will love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the best book ever it is like soo good and just perfect for 12 or 13 year olds i LOVED this book!!!!