But What about Me?

But What about Me?

by Marilyn Reynolds

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ISBN-13: 9781929777013
Publisher: New Wind Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2014
Series: Hamilton High True-to-Life
Pages: 206
Sales rank: 697,587
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Marilyn Reynolds is the author of ten books of realistic teen fiction: Shut Up, No More Sad Goodbyes, If You Loved Me, Love Rules, Baby Help, But What About Me?, Beyond Dreams, Too Soon for Jeff and Detour for Emmy, all part of the popular and award-winning True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High. Marilyn is also the author of a book for educators, I Won't Read and You Can't Make Me: Reaching Reluctant Teen Readers, and a collection of essays, Over 70 and I Don't Mean MPH. She has a variety of published personal essays to her credit, and was nominated for an Emmy for the ABC Afterschool Special teleplay of Too Soon for Jeff.
Ms. Reynolds worked with reluctant learners and teens in crises at a southern California alternative high school for thirty years. She remains actively involved in education through author presentations to middle and high school students ranging from struggling readers to highly motivated writers who are interested in developing work for possible publication.
In the introduction to her book on techniques to help reluctant readers (I Won't Read and You Can't Make Me), Marilyn writes: "Over time I came to realize that the greatest gift I could give to my students, many of whom would have no formal schooling after they left [high school], was the gift of a reading habit. Silent reading time became the backbone of my program." She quotes a study in the the Los Angeles Times reporting that the single most significant factor in determining a person's success in life is whether they read for pleasure.

She published her first novel, Telling, with the encouragement of Gloria Miklowitz, a well-known writer of young adult fiction. Telling dealt with molestation, and students at her school became avid readers (and critics) of the manuscript. In the process, "students were developing a critical sense, using literary terms, analyzing character and motivation. And they were paying attention to the specifics of language use."

Encouraged by the experience, she went on to write a realistic novel about teen pregnancy, Detour for Emmy. She believes that "the essence of sustained silent reading has to do with the increased understanding of one's self and the world, of enabling the wounded to heal, the isolated to know they are not alone, the bigoted to see the humanity of others."

Marilyn Reynolds is a passionate advocate of the benefits of writing in addition to reading. She promotes writing through participation in the 916 Ink program, and works with incarcerated youth in the Sacramento area. She engages with teens in a local continuation high school, and through visiting schools as an author. She also presents staff development workshops for educators and is often a guest speaker for programs and organizations that serve teens, parents, teachers, and writers.

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But What about Me? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing it makes me feel good to know that im not the only teenage girl going threw problems i reccomend this book to teenage girls/boys who dont like to read by the time your done reading this book your goanna wanna read it all over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazingly true. Yes it wasn't based on a true story but for the young adult reader this book can related to us like you could not imagine. The way she talked and worded what she had to say was just the right thing. I could not beigin to believe that this was not true story. She wrote so well and straight to the point. She always kept my attention. With evey word, the description, and detial of this girls life. The way she talked about how true she wanted to be to her boyfriend is just like how kids my age would do. We act and talk just as she wrote it. I never once wanted to put this book down, and I look foward to readin more of her books. I personally found this one to be the best, this and deture for Emmy, becuase it is about girls are age and there love lives. You notice in this book the girl cares more about her boyfriend then anything else. Even when the boyfriend does not care about her that much in return. But in reality thats how we are, girls are generaly more caring about the relationship then the boy, so of course. She wanted what was best. Even though this book might not send out the best message for under age kids, at the right age and seeing both point of view, this book can teach a good lesson. yes her priorites were not where they should be, she still kept her head up and saw what happened and fixed it. She even tually stared careing more about her life and her pormlem then her boys stupid mistakes. I give this book two thumbs up and recommned it to anyone of the right age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book got me thinking so hard. for a while i couldnt stop thinking about both of them and what both of them were going through!! i cryed everytime i thought about the couple!!! even danny had it bad,he had no one just erica!!! and she couldnt take it anymore but danny really did love her!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
But What About Me is my all time favorite book right now I love it to death. It really inspired me to keep reading and find good books that I like. The book really made me think bout my life and stuff I really enjoyed it I read it faster then I usually read books and the reason why I read that book so fast was cause it was so totaly Awesome and I would have wanted it to go on...but it was an awesome book I recomended it to all my friends. One of my friends recomended it to me and I'm SSSOOO glad she did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was great! i always left eveything out just to read this book. i will recammed this book to eveybody that loves love stories or just about anything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
But What About Me? seems like it would be written about an actual teenage girl trying to deal with her family, school, and personable lives. This seems so real because this is exactly what every teenage girl goes through dealing with at one point or another. Marilyn Reynolds is and awesome author! She knows what teenagers go through and puts it in writing. I couldn't put the book down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book...it really made me think about things with me and my bf. Hes doesnt drink or do drugs but hes kida controlling and i droped alot of my things for him...so i thought after this book...ya what about ME