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The Reece Malcolm List

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by Amy Spalding
     
 

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Amy Spalding's debut novel is a thoroughly satisfying coming-of-age read full of romance, emotion, and laugh-out-loud moments. Find out why Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan called it, "Funny and poignant, this lively book totally charmed us."

Things I know about Reece Malcolm:
1. She graduated from New York University.
2. She lives in or near Los

Overview

Amy Spalding's debut novel is a thoroughly satisfying coming-of-age read full of romance, emotion, and laugh-out-loud moments. Find out why Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan called it, "Funny and poignant, this lively book totally charmed us."

Things I know about Reece Malcolm:
1. She graduated from New York University.
2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
3. Since her first novel was released, she's been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
5. She's my mother.

Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she's shipped off to live with the mother she's never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn't add up to much. L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan?a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love. But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Moving and funny—a terrifically satisfying read.”
—Sara Zarr, author of How to Save a Life

"Funny and poignant, this lively book totally charmed us."
—Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, authors of Spoiled and Messy

"Brilliant!…Unique, honest, and quite often flat-out hysterically funny. I laughed, I cried, it was way, WAY better than Cats!"
—Miriam Shor, star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Original Cast) and Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration)

"Charming, heart-warming, and thoughtful…The Reece Malcolm List sings!"
—Courtney Summers, author of Cracked up to Be and Some Girls Are

"Just the right mix of humor and emotion…heartbreaking in the best way, The Reece Malcolm List is excellent YA contemporary."
—Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker

"This book has so much warmth and charm that you’ll find yourself wanting a second helping.”
—CK Kelly Martin, author of I Know It’s Over and The Lighter Side of Life and Death

VOYA - Beth Karpas
Not many people will be in the exact same situation as Devan. As this story begins she is flying, with her mother's lawyer, to go live with her mother. A high school junior, Devan has never met her mother, Reece Malcolm, but now, three months after her father's death in an auto accident, Devan is being moved to Los Angeles from St. Louis. Devan's mom, a best-selling and award-winning author, is a mystery to her, and so she has started a notebook of "Things I know about Reece Malcolm." So far, there are five. While few may identify directly with Devan, many readers will identify with the difficulties Devan has communicating with her mother (and her mother's boyfriend); the challenges of a new school (highly academically, competitive, and known just as well for its arts program); her first kiss; and even her love of musicals and desire to appear on Broadway one day. This particular dream defines Devan and the book almost as much as her interactions with her mother. References to Sondheim and show choir abound, and should easily attract fans of Glee to this debut book. A wider audience who enjoys a good romance, a pleasant coming-of-age story, or even a good tale that is set in the real world will also be happy to discover The Reece Malcolm List. Devan and her world may be highly improbable, but they are very believable. The only problem with this book is that Spalding does not yet have any other books out. Reviewer: Beth Karpas
School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—When Devan Mitchell's dad dies, the 16-year-old goes to live with the woman who gave her up at birth. She discovers that her mother is a young, famous author who dresses like a concert roadie and has a British boyfriend who just moved in. While attempting to get to know her and saying good-bye to her distant father, Devan juggles friendships old and new, budding romances, and the opportunity to leave behind her shy shell and take the lead in her performing-arts school's spring production. Devan's emotional kaleidoscope of confusion, excitement, fear, and hope is well handled. Portrayed with humor and vulnerability, the teen is a character readers will identify with, care about, and root for.—Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews
If this novel was a musical, it'd get average reviews and see a modest run. After the death of her emotionally distant father, Devan is full of mixed emotions about moving to Los Angeles to live with her mother. Not only has she never met her mother, but the woman in question is reclusive, best-selling author Reece Malcolm. Reece is welcoming, but Devan is still uncertain about their relationship, even after spying on her reveals that her fears are unfounded. At the same time, Devan's school life quickly gains in importance as she participates in show choir and gets the lead role in her favorite musical. Friendship and romantic tension keep her life off-stage just as challenging. But when Devan discovers a secret that Reece has been hiding from her, can she cope with yet another challenge? Although Devan's love of musicals shines through, most character traits are told and not shown. The two plot threads--Devan's adjustment to her new life and her relationship with her mother--feel unbalanced, especially in the second half of the novel. Lazy and mannered writing is evident: Coincidences and the use of the strike-through, as in "probably maybe I don't know possibly," are frequent. Good for theater junkies who don't mind some spare drama. (Fiction. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620612408
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
748,464
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Moving and funny—a terrifically satisfying read.”
—Sara Zarr, author of How to Save a Life

"Funny and poignant, this lively book totally charmed us."
—Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, authors of Spoiled and Messy

"Brilliant!…Unique, honest, and quite often flat-out hysterically funny. I laughed, I cried, it was way, WAY better than Cats!"
—Miriam Shor, star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Original Cast) and Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration)

"Charming, heart-warming, and thoughtful…The Reece Malcolm List sings!"
—Courtney Summers, author of Cracked up to Be and Some Girls Are

"Just the right mix of humor and emotion…heartbreaking in the best way, The Reece Malcolm List is excellent YA contemporary."
—Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker

"This book has so much warmth and charm that you’ll find yourself wanting a second helping.”
—CK Kelly Martin, author of I Know It’s Over and The Lighter Side of Life and Death

Meet the Author

Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising and Marketing Communications from Webster University, and currently works as the Digital Media Planner for an independent film advertising agency. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and can be seen performing around Los Angeles.

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The Reece Malcolm List 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Best YA book I've read in a long time. Fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the relationships in this book and how they changed and progressed. The mother-daughter story had me hooked from the beginning.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
I want to begin my review by quoting Andrea over at The Bookish Babe.  Andrea says, &quot;Would I sound too fancy or old ladyish if I say The Reece Malcolm List was delightful?&quot;  When I read her review, and especially that quote, I thought she couldn't have summed up this book any more accurately than that, because that is exactly what The Reece Malcolm List is, absolutely delightful.   Devan Mitchell has lived with her father and stepmother ever since she was born.  She has always felt like she wasn't really wanted, especially by her stepmother Tracie.  She loves music, Broadway, singing, acting, clothes, and boys.  No one ever told her who her real mother was.  When reading one of her favorite author's books one day, she noticed that the dedication was made out to &quot;Devan.&quot;  Later, when her stepmother saw her reading that book and had a fit, she put two and two together and came up with what she believed was the answer to this mysterious equation, and that was that Reece Malcolm was her mom.  After her father is killed, she ends up going to live in LA with her mom, who is in fact Reece Malcolm, though she has never met her before.   The Reece Malcolm list is Devan's list of things she currently knows and things she subsequently finds out about her mom, Reece Malcolm.  Devan loves Broadway Musicals and it is her dream to perform in them, and she is actually very, very good.  Her mom enrolls her in a performing arts school, where she is now known as Devan Malcolm instead of Devan Mitchell, a clerical error, but Devan decides to embrace her new name as she starts her new life in LA.  Reece is not the best mom by any means, but she is trying, so needless to say she and Devan both have a lot to learn.  Her mom's boyfriend, Brad, also lives with them and is a great guy, creating the perfect go between and buffer between Reece and Devan.  Other characters include Sia, the hot new boy who arrives at school the same time Reece does, who she has a big crush on.  Her other friends are Travis, Mira, Lessa, and Elijah, another hottie who Reece likes, and I enjoyed getting to know all of these characters, who all have their own issues to deal with to.   The Reece Malcolm List is a story about loss, new beginnings, first love, first kisses, new friends, family issues, trust issues, and is just an all around great read.  I found the performing arts/musical theme to be very interesting and fun also.  If you are looking for a good YA contemporary story, then I would definitely recommend this book to fans of all ages, and especially teens. 
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rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
I liked this one.  Didn&rsquo;t love it, but a pretty good like. Devan has never met her mom. Her best clue was a dedication in the front of a book&hellip;. But, after her dad dies, she  gets to get up close and personally with mommy dearest. Lots of new stuff and lots of firsts for Devan and Reece. This was a lot an out surviving relationships with parents, new friends, and a little about boyfriends too. Good story just nothing spectacular.
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InkandPage More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5 The Low Down: Devan Mitchell is finally getting the reunion she wanted. Well, except for the dad dying unexpectedly part. But here she is, winging her way to Los Angeles, where she&rsquo;s going to see her mom. For the first time, since, well, birth. Reece Malcolm is her mom, yes, that Reece Malcolm - the famous author. Once Reece finds out that Devan is a singer and totally into show choirs and musical theater, she gets her into a prestigious high school that specializes in the performing arts. First Devan meets a fellow newbie, Sai, who has also recently moved from St. Louis. They bond instantly over singing and show tunes. Devan is smitten. Much to her surprise, she makes some new friends easily, and is happy in California. Still trying to figure out her relationship with her mother is going to take some work. Will her mom think it&rsquo;s worth it? Best Thang &lsquo;Bout It: This is going to sound silly, but I like that Reece isn&rsquo;t totally likable. Isn&rsquo;t that more normal? Yet you can tell there are loving feelings buried underneath. Plus I enjoyed the dynamic between Devan and Mira. Again, the reality of someone plopping into their established social circle has to ruffle some feathers. The Elijah storyline works well, too. (*Shrugs* It happens!) If you are into performing, singing, musicals and all of the backstage stuff that goes along with that, this is for you. I&rsquo;m Cranky Because: I was in choir for seven years. I did select choir. I am a HUGE lover of musicals. When I was a kid, pre-teen, teenager, young adult, *ahem* occasionally now, I would take the Broadway cast album of Bye Bye, Birdie or West Side Story or The Sound of Music and play them over and over again, singing along and making up hideous choreography. I was in all my high school&rsquo;s musicals, too; so I get that part of the book. So that&rsquo;s why it was so baffling to me - why didn&rsquo;t I enjoy all the talk? Maybe it seemed limiting, like this book was intended for a very select group of readers? Maybe it was because I have never seen Merrily We Roll Along? For whatever reason, I have to say it got a little &quot;one-note.&quot; I enjoyed the regular back-and-forth between the characters much better, like between Brad and Reece. My other &quot;complaint?&quot; Things seemed to happen so easily for Devan; I actually like the surrounding characters better than I liked her. The conflicts in the book were real,  but there was not a lot of substance to them. I needed a little bit more. The Bottom Line: It&rsquo;s a good book about knowing who you are - no matter where you came from. Or grew up with. The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding was published February 5, 2013 by Entangled Teen. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed. Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance Ages: 12 and up You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note.
Lost_in_Literature More than 1 year ago
The Reece Malcolm List is a strong story centered mostly around the relationship between Devan (love that name!) and Reece, Devan's estranged mother, who see meets for the first time after her father passes away. Devan's and Reece's relationship was strained, to say the least. Reece had no idea how to be a mother, and Devan's expectations upon meeting her mother were wildly overrated. I really enjoyed watching their relationship evolve throughout the story. This beautifully-written story with spot-on character development was such an enjoyable read. I loved all of the teenagers with their differing personalities and personal issues. There was always something going on, which is so typical of teenagers, and I really enjoyed that aspect. I also have to say I really loved Reece. Yes, she was a TERRIBLE mother, but something about her just worked. She was a remarkable character. And her boyfriend, Brad... yeah, let's just say he's &quot;dreamy&quot;. :) I'm not huge into theater, but this story definitely piqued my interest. I even googled a few songs that were being discussed just so I could better experience the scene firsthand. This is an adorable story and one I would definitely recommend.
dorothybv More than 1 year ago
The Reece Malcolm List is the perfect mix of charming, funny and heartfelt. Spalding never sacrifices character to create unnecessary plot twists. Instead, she crafts a character-driven story that is well-placed and enjoyable to the very end.
BethanyL More than 1 year ago
The Reece Malcolm List is so charming. There are a lot of screwed up familial-type things that happen, but still! So charming! The titular character, Reece Malcolm is maybe my favorite fictional mom outside of Lorelai Gilmore&mdash;she&rsquo;s young, confused, has absolutely no idea how to really be a mother, but is somehow still great. I ADORED her even though she&rsquo;s sometimes The Worst. And, really, this is the first time I&rsquo;ve read a book where I identified more with the mom than with the teen, which is probably really telling you something about me. I&rsquo;m sure a therapist would LOVE to get a hold of me. But really. I loved Reece. I wanted to be her friend and hang out with her and her awesome boyfriend Brad. And also hang out with Devan and help her edit her papers for school or something. Speaking of Devan, she is a supremely realistic teen character&mdash;she&rsquo;s all kinds of mixed up in the best possible ways (I considered quoting that Taylor Swift song &ldquo;22&Prime;, but figured I&rsquo;ve already tried your patience with my rant about Glee.): brimming with hope and confidence, but also high-strung and second-guessing herself at every turn. She&rsquo;s learning who she is and who her mother is and figuring out what she wants out of life. Though there were a couple places where I wanted to grab her and say, &ldquo;JUST TALK TO PEOPLE. THEY LIKE YOU AND WILL LISTEN,&rdquo; I totally understood her and insecurities and her hang-ups. And let&rsquo;s talk about the musical theater aspect of this book. I will admit, I was a teenager who did high school musicals. But I was never a musical theater nerd. I&rsquo;ve never been the kind of girl to buy original cast recordings of Broadway shows. Except Wicked when that first came out. And Big River when I auditioned for a community theater production of that show. Anyway, the show talked most about in this book&mdash; Sondheim&rsquo;s Merrily We Roll Along&mdash;is a show I&rsquo;ve never even heard of before reading this. I know. I fail. But let&rsquo;s look at it another way: Amy Spalding, author extraordinaire, did her research. By using a not-super-widely-known musical, Spalding made Devan&rsquo;s obsession with musical theater believable. Coupled with her complete knowledge about the history and ins-and-outs of theater, I really appreciated the research that went into Devan&rsquo;s main hobby/career goal/school curriculum because there have been other books where characters were &ldquo;obsessed&rdquo; with something and it was evident that they weren&rsquo;t. And that bothered me a whole bunch. And now I&rsquo;m getting weird and talking about characters like they&rsquo;re real people. Bottom line is this: The Reece Malcolm List is adorable and has a lot of emotional depth and you should read it because it is so so good. In fact, you should read it more than once. And buy it for someone. Perhaps for Valentine&rsquo;s Day. Or President&rsquo;s Day. Or Lincoln&rsquo;s birthday. Or YAY IT ISN&rsquo;T LEAP YEAR. You get my point.