How to Make Out

How to Make Out

by Brianna Shrum

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How to Make Out by Brianna Shrum

Sixteen-year-old Renley needs three thousand dollars for the math club’s trip to New York City, and she knows exactly how to get it: she’s going to start a how-to blog where people pay for answers to all of life’s questions from a “certified expert.” The only problems: 1) She doesn’t know how to do anything but long division and calculus. 2) She’s totally invisible to people at school. And not in a cool Gossip Girl kind of way.

So, she decides to learn to do . . . well . . . everything. When her anonymous blog shifts in a more scandalous direction and the questions (and money) start rolling in, she has to learn not just how to do waterfall braids and cat-eye makeup, but a few other things, like how to cure a hangover, how to flirt, and how to make out (something her very experienced, and very in-love-with-her neighbor, Drew, is more than willing to help with).

As her blog’s reputation skyrockets, so does “new and improved” Renley’s popularity. She’s not only nabbed the attention of the entire school, but also the eye of Seth Levine, the hot culinary wizard she’s admired from across the home-ec classroom all year.

Soon, caught up in the thrill of popularity both in and out of cyberspace, her secrets start to spiral, and she finds that she’s forgotten the most important how-to: how to be herself. When her online and real lives converge, Renley will have to make a choice: lose everything she loves in her new life, or everyone she loves in the life she left behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510701670
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 1,313,590
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Brianna Shrum has been writing since she could scrawl letters and has worked with teens since she graduated, either in the writing classes she taught or within youth groups. Brianna digs all things YA, as well as all things geeky, superhero-y, gamer-y, magical, and strange. Her next book, The Art of French Kissing releases in June 2018She lives in Englewood, Colorado, with her high-school-sweetheart-turned-husband and her two little boys.

Table of Contents

1 How to Do Long Division 1

2 How to Deal with Your Best Friend's Extremely Awkward Mother 13

3 How to Do a Waterfall Braid 22

4 How to Tie a Tie 31

5 How to Get the Entire Math Club to Seriously Doubt Your Numerical Abilities 38

6 How to Get Your Flirt On 43

7 How to Give Yourself a Bikini Wax (Or Die Trying) 53

8 How to Be Awesome 65

9 How to Get a Not-Date with the Hottest Guy in School 73

10 How to Go Parking with a Guy 82

11 How to Bake Stuffed Mushrooms 92

12 How to Make Out 104

13 How to Get Invited to the Biggest Party of the Semester 112

14 How to Really Piss Off Your Best Friend 122

15 How to Make a Possibly Huge Mistake 127

16 How to Kick an Apple Cider Habit 136

17 How to Get a Guy to Give You His Pin 144

18 How to Make Tiramisu (And Not Eat It) 152

19 How to Cover a Hickey 161

20 How to Get Someone Else a Black Eye 173

21 How to Fix a Broken Thing 183

22 How to Morph into an It Girl 191

23 How to Cure a Hangover (Among Other Things) 204

24 How to Sink a Three-Pointer 214

25 How to Get a Date to Prom 222

26 How to Throw Out Something That Matters 230

27 How to Remove a Knife from Your Back 239

28 How to Lose Everything 250

29 How to Figure Out Some Very Important Things 261

30 How to Be Me 268

Acknowledgments 274

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How to Make Out 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
beckybh More than 1 year ago
Cute, enjoyable read addressing important issues.... HOW TO MAKE OUT, by Brianna R. Shrum, is an enjoyable book about 16-year-old Renley Eisner and her quest to fund her math club trip to New York City. Along the way, she discovers she can be whomever she wants, but she may not like what she becomes. Fairly invisible in school and home, Renley spends much of her time with April, her fellow math geek, and Drew, her next door neighbor. She doesn't have a boyfriend, and Drew goes through girls fairly quickly. He really cares a lot for Renley, but she only sees him as a really good friend. Renley wants to go on the trip with April but doesn't have the $3000 needed to get there. She hates to ask her father for the money, so she decides to create an anonymous How-To blog and charge for answering readers' questions. She's unskilled in a lot of areas, so when she has a question to answer, she researches the best processes online and tries them out on herself before posting the best one on her blog. As Renley improves herself and her blog brings in cash, she becomes noticed at school and attracts the attention of a really cute boy she's crushed on in her Home Ec class. As she and her blog become popular, she practically abandons her two best friends. Questions arise about who created the blog at the same time as Renley's life starts failing apart. Ultimately she has to decide what is really important in her life. The story's main characters are well written and experience evolving maturity throughout the book. Each chapter is headed with a How-To (the first being "How to Do Long Division"), and follows Renley's progress with her blog and herself. Though the topics of friendship, personal growth, and truthfulness are addressed, trust is the overall issue, both in how a person can become trustworthy and how a person's actions can affect the trust of friends and family. HOW TO MAKE OUT is a lighthearted, fun book that tackles important life issues, especially for teenagers. It may be a better fit with more mature teens, as some of the How-To topics are a tad bit scandalous, but Renley's discovery of herself and what's important in her life will resonate with most readers. It's a quick, enjoyable read that even adults can appreciate. If You Like This, You May Like: SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen, DIRTY LITTLE SECRET and GOING TOO FAR by Jennifer Echols, PAPER TOWNS by John Green, THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER by Jennifer L. Armentrout, GAME ON by Michelle Smith, GOING GEEK by Charlotte Huang * Read my other reviews on the Blue Moon Mystery Saloon blog. ** An e-ARC was provided by Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable and hilarious!! If you want to laugh out loud and also be on the verge of tears, read this!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable and hilarious!! If you want to laugh out loud and also be on the verge of tears, read this!!
MsArdychan More than 1 year ago
Please Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the content of my review in any way. I'm not fond of writing negative reviews. Usually they are needlessly snarky and mean. But I do feel a responsibility to steer people away from book that I think are problematic. And so, with this in mind, I am going to expound upon why this book didn't work for me. What I Didn't Like: Situation: Under the heading, "It could only happen in a novel" comes the idea that a person's blog is an instant hit (and a money-maker, to boot)! NO WAY. Having a hit blog is an essential part of this story, but I must say from my own experience, it takes a tremendous amount of dedication to create a popular blog. And, even with such popularity, it is very difficult to make money from blogging. As a blogger, I found this foundation to be insulting. Cliched Tropes: One of the most often used story lines in YA is the best friends who are meant for each other, if only they would give it a go. I am not one for spoilers, but I will say that the guy, Drew, does something in this book that I consider unforgivable. I just didn't see how Renley could get past it. Cyber Disaster: I have seen, first hand, the devastating effects of social media turning on young girls. It is a life-altering event that has long-term consequences. I think the author does a disservice to teens by downplaying what happens to Renley. I know teens who have been threatened and had to switch schools after having issues with social media. In this book, there are a few problems for Renley, but they seem to be easily blown over after just a few weeks. Not realistic. What I Did Like: Theme: I think the theme of the book, being true to yourself and not being seduced by popularity, is a worthy subject matter. I just think that the situations and consequences were completely unrealistic. I wish that it would have been less contrived, and more thoughtful in its delivery.