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,…  See more details below

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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:
9781101535790
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/10/2012
Series:
Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker Series , #4
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
958,443
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Robin Palmer grew up in Massachusetts and New Jersey, and graduated from Boston University before she hit the road for Hollywood. Starting as an assistant in the television literary department of the William Morris Agency, she quickly moved up the ranks and spent the next decade as a literary agent, producer, and television network executive at Lifetime Television, where she developed over one hundred scripts and oversaw the production of over thirty of the cable network's original movies. In 2001, she remembered that she had originally intended to spend her life either as a writer or a toll booth collector (so she could indulge her penchant for spending her days alone reading), but as there are no toll roads in southern California, she decided to give the writing thing a try. Since then, she's written everything from screenplays to essays to a novel to a preschool guide. Although she's constantly threatening to move, she currently resides in New York City.

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