Take My Advice (Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker Series #4)

Take My Advice (Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker Series #4)

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by Robin Palmer
     
 

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Lucy B. Parker has a problem. Specifically, everyone else's problems. When the advice columnist for her school paper has a little meltdown, Lucy's frister (that's friend + sister), teen superstar Laurel Moses, suggests that Lucy become the new go-to girl for advice! Lucy's not quite sure how that's going to work, considering she's usually the one asking for advice,

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Lucy B. Parker has a problem. Specifically, everyone else's problems. When the advice columnist for her school paper has a little meltdown, Lucy's frister (that's friend + sister), teen superstar Laurel Moses, suggests that Lucy become the new go-to girl for advice! Lucy's not quite sure how that's going to work, considering she's usually the one asking for advice, but with the Sadie Hawkins dance coming up, it seems like everyone in her class needs some help.

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Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
"All boys are dumb," Lucy emphatically tells the reader more than once. We may rightly wonder how a preteen with such "wisdom" will succeed when she is chosen by a committee of school faculty to be the advice columnist for the school newspaper. The committee likes her response to a sample question more than the completely self-absorbed and unethical response provided by her sole competitor for the job—even though it seems unlikely that a multi-grade school such as this offers only two applicants for such a gig, both from the same class. In between worrying about when her menstrual cycle will begin and tolerating scheduled bonding events with various members of her blended-family quartet, Lucy responds to peer concerns about the upcoming Sadie Hawkins dance and stews about the difficulty of girls inviting boys to the dance. Some elements of the story are especially unrealistic, as when appearance-obsessive Lucy approaches her long-time crush Blair with zit cream all over her face, or when she stacks mini-pads on top of maxi-pads to deal with the impending menstrual flood she anticipates. Her repeated insistence that menstrual onset occurs in conjunction with stress begs for intervention; it is strange that her older stepsister or mother has not set her straight on this point. It will be a shame if readers accept Lucy's assertions about this as truth. Unfortunately, the book seems a tired retread of themes—menstruation, prayer, blended families, friendship, preteen dating—better handled by other young adult works. Perhaps the book's failings would have been redeemed if Lucy had realized that asking someone out is difficult for girls and boys alike; a subplot in which her mother and stepfather struggle with planning their anniversary celebration certainly provides ample opportunity for this. Still, fans of Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker will probably welcome this addition to the series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142415030
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/10/2012
Series:
Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker Series, #4
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,205,998
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.54(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Robin Palmer grew up in Massachusetts and New Jersey. She has written everything from essays to novels to a preschool guide. She currently lives in a pink barn in New York.

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Take My Advice (Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker Series #4) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the books but hte this cover it freaks me out i am 11 annd i love this book you are never to young to dream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her books but i hate the cover for number four why change it now i loved imagining what Lucy really looked like
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If hes going to tell you how he truelly feels about you and you dont like how hes fat and has alot of acne just tell him that you like him but just want to be really close friends and dont make a big deal about it just go to him privately and tell him what you feel and that your not ready to go forward with your relationship just tell him hes not the guy that your really looking for and that theirs a girl out there for him but you aint the girl he needs!!!! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jbg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This boy likes mem he sweet and funny and nice and everything. But hes fat and has a lot of acne. Personaly i dont want that in a boy. Im afraid he will confess his love to me. I dont know what to tell him if that happens without ruining our relationship. Help!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Acts way to old for her age. Wheni first read it, i thought she was like in 9th grade or something.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When does it come out?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I eish blair would have said yes to her