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Overview

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The Grotty and the Fabu (No, it’s not a song.)
From: Mrs.Oded@btelecom.co.uk
To: Dru@seattlegrrl.com

Things That Really Irk My Pickle About Living in England
- The school uniform
- Piddlington-on-the-weld (I will forever be known as Emily from Piddlesville.)
- Marmite (It's yeast sludge! GACK!)
- The ghost in my underwear drawer (Spectral hands fondling my bras -- enough said!)
- No malls! What are these people thinking???

Things That Keep Me From Flying Home to Seattle for Good Coffee - Aidan (Hunkalicious!)
- Devon (Droolworthy? Understatement of the year!)
- Fang (He puts the num in nummy!)
- Holly (Any girl who hunts movie stars with me -- and Oded Fehr will be mine -- is a friend for life.)
- Über-coolio Polo Club (Where the snogging is FINE!)

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Sixteen-year-old Emily Marie William's life seems to swirl down the loo (toilet) when she moves from Seattle, Washington, to Piddlington-on-the-Weld, England: not only the dark side of the universe, but a country that still has discos! While sharp-witted and clever-tongued Emily feels slighted by the forced relocation, the situation provides mucho drama, drool-worthy love interests and über-coolio comedy. Emily's frantic e-mails to best friend Dru portray her spiraling descent; further exacerbated by placement in the fifth form (with younger classmates; gack!), school uniforms, an "ancient" but overly protective father, a dim-witted but well-meaning mother, a sexually progressive older sister, a perverted underwear drawer poltergeist, snickerers Ann and Bee, and Tash, a promiscuous competitor in Emily's quest to win the heart of hunkalicious Aidan (that is, if she doesn't decide to go for dishy Devon, marry heartthrob actor Oded Fehr, or forget them all and go for Fang first). Gripping, smart-alecky, shocking (not for teacher's pets or the faint-hearted) and at the same time tender, Emily's trials and tribulations will inspire laughter, tears and an understanding of what it's like to be an American teenager in Britain. A brilliant debut by Katie Maxwell in the YA forum! KLIATT Codes: S*; Exceptional book, recommended for senior high school students. 2003, Dorchester Publishing, 221p.,
— Lynne Remick
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780843953138
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/12/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 221
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.77 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Two years after she started writing novels, Katie sold her first romance, Noble Intentions. More than thirty books later, her novels have been translated into numerous languages, been recorded as audiobooks, received several awards, and are regulars on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She also writes for the young adult audience as Katie Maxwell.

Katie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and dogs, and can often be found lurking around online.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Loved this book series for YEARS

    Still do!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Ever hear of proofreading?

    The storyline was okay, but does not compare in hilariosity with Louise Rennison's Georgia books. The real turn off was the huge amount of repeated words, crossed out sections, and incorrect capitalization. Is Emily daft? Did the author publish an unfinished work? Or did I just get a really crap copy?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2008

    Hmmmmm

    It does not really matter to me that it was not a very realistic storyline. It was absolutely entertaining! The characters and the events were just so hilarious and entertaining. AND it actually addressed some issues I have have had problems with so I do think its a must read. Just have fun with it. Also, the love part of the series is just too easy to get caught up in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2006

    Uber-crappy

    I picked up this book after finishing the Georgia Nicolson series, hoping for something equally, or at least half as good. This definitely didn't make the mark. Emily's life is completely unrealistic, and Emily herself is nothing spectacular, just another ditzy, one-dimensional American girl. I won't go into great detail, but some things that make this novel so darn unrealistic are these kinds...that Emily's living in a castle and that all of her underwear is Victoria's Secret and she's got tons of lingerie. Now let me tell you, your average American can't afford a darn castle in England AND a bunch of Victoria's Secret lingerie for their 16 year old daughter.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    OMG!!!!!!

    this was tne of the best books i read in a long while and i am constantly reading!katie is one of the best writers (beside meg cabot)i couldn't put the book down.and the rest of the series is very good too!! i mean omg this was so so so so so so good!!!very uber-fabu!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    i was expecting a lot more

    this book was just okay. the whole book is written in emails, so it is very different than any other book i have read. i was very dissapointed because i heard that this book was very well written. the whole book was just EMAILS! you didn't get the same effect finding out about something that happened through an email than when you are reading it when it is actually happening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2005

    'Uuber Fabu'

    When I first picked up this book I thought it was just going to be some stupid teenaged-girl 'I can't believe he dumped me' waste of time...Luckily I was wrong! This has got to be one of the funniest books I've ever read. I'm glad I bought this book, because it made high school a little easier to laugh at.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    Awesome Book.... Like Seriously

    I thought this book was awesome. Any fan of Teen Romance would love it. It was funny and I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2005

    Good, but READ more!!

    This is a funny book, you may get discouraged but the following books are great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2005

    GREAT

    this book was Great! I can totally relate to the things that Emily is feeling and stuff she goes through with guys. It is teaches a really good lesson. I love this book and the ones in the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    A MUST READ!!!^_^

    This is such a good book! I mean it's funny, sad, happy, and everything that a Young Adult(girl) wants to read!Well...it's kinda gross about the get-in-touch-with-yourself thing.I showed it to my friends and they just started laughing! But the rest of it is JUST EXCELLENT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2005

    Not bad

    i cant say it was that great, but it was pretty good. Too much drama for 16-year-old girl...kinda pathetic. Emily is very naive and i would give her 13, not 16...But other than that book was interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2005

    It was alright...

    I thought this book had a lot of good things, and also a lot of bad things. First of all, I didn't really like that it was written in e-mails. I think it would be a LOT better if it was written like a diary. I also didn't like that Emily was so STUPID! That guy was completely molesting her when they were dancing and she was like,' Oh, this feels wrong but I guess it's what he wants' or something, and then she loved him a second later again. That was rediculous and unrealistic, it made me really mad. There were a lot of unrealistic things. Something I did like, though, was that it was written with a lot of good humor and was pretty entertaining. It was by far not the best book I read and not too memorable either, but it was cute and entertaining while I read it, I guess.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2005

    more more more and lovin it!

    I totally love this book it is so true to life. i went through the first three books in 3 days! easy reading and so much fun, especially the guys in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2004

    Uhh...Umm...AWESOME!

    ok...this was a really awesome book, i just couldnt put it down. i totally think any1 who enjoys 'real' fiction, should read this..i really do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    OMG this was one of the best books ive evr read!!!!!

    Wow! this book was awesome i could relate everthing in it to something that was going on in my very own life! I love it! I really hope Katie Maxwell would make a sequel to it, i for one will be the fist to read it! I read this book in five hours i juss couldnt put it down!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2004

    The year my life...

    This is an excellant book. At parts, I found my self thinking 'Clueless and self-centered.' But, who isn't? Also, this is a hilarious book. WARNING: only read this book if you have a few hours to spare, because you won't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2004

    BookLOVER

    Absolutely fabulous! If you don't read it, you will seriously miss out on a good laugh! The second one is great too! I can't wait for the 3rd to come out! U HAVE TO READ THS BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    It was great

    I liked the book overall. Her parents cracked me up time and again but she was clueless at parts I didn't think an average person should be. But then again she's not the average person is she? I recommend it to anyone who likes the e-mail format of the book. Some don't care for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2004

    i enjoyed this book....

    this book is reallly good. i just HAD to finish it when i started reading it. now i'm waiting to get the 2nd series and 3rd. =) i recommend you reading it

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