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

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A brand-new look for Lucy B. Parker!

Lucy B. Parker has a problem. Actually, she has a LOT of problems—specifically, everyone else's problems. Lucy's not really quite sure how all of that happened, considering she's usually the one going to other people for advice, but 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...

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

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Overview

A brand-new look for Lucy B. Parker!

Lucy B. Parker has a problem. Actually, she has a LOT of problems—specifically, everyone else's problems. Lucy's not really quite sure how all of that happened, considering she's usually the one going to other people for advice, but 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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Editorial Reviews

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.
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 5–7—Seventh-grader Lucy B. Parker returns with a new set of problems. When the post of advice columnist for the school paper becomes available, Lucy's superstar stepsister, Laurel, suggests that Lucy would be the perfect replacement. Lucy is hesitant at first but, feeling pressure from her stepfather to participate in some kind of extracurricular activity, agrees. The upcoming Sadie Hawkins dance at school means there will be no shortage of letters requesting advice on getting the right date, though Lucy herself is dead set against asking anyone. Realizing the irony, and hypocrisy, of encouraging others to face their fears while she can't summon the courage to tell her BFF that she has a crush on her friend's brother, never mind asking said crush to the dance, Lucy has to decide whether to take her own advice. Shana Dowdswell narrates Palmer's novel (Putnam, 2012) with a believably youthful voice that captures the preteen's personality, though her delivery falters at times during very lengthy sentences. She convincingly portrays Lucy's emotions as the narrative covers familiar territory like crushes and parental pressure. Since Lucy often refers to events from previous titles and those new to the series may wonder about some details, this title is most suitable for listeners already familiar with the series.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455859733
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Series: Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker Series , #4
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

After a decade as an executive in Hollywood, Robin Palmer regained her sanity and moved to New York City, where she lives in a much smaller apartment but doesn’t complain about it because that’s the price one pays for living in the center of the universe. In addition to the Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker series, she is also the author of the YA novels Cindy Ella, Geek Charming, and Little Miss Red.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    AWESOME

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Why change it

    I love her books but i hate the cover for number four why change it now i loved imagining what Lucy really looked like

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Cant wait to read!

    When does it come out?

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Whoa! This is a good book

    Seriously

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Help from aurora. Reply to kat.

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Need advice? Ask aurora!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Read me!

    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

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Love

    I eish blair would have said yes to her

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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