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Lifted by Wendy Toliver

Being bad never felt so good.

Poppy Browne never stole anything in her life before moving to Pleasant Acres and meeting Mary Jane and Whitney. But when Poppy walks out of the mall with her two new friends and her first pair of stolen jeans, she’s hooked.

Before long, Poppy is lifting whenever she gets the urge—it’s never about the merchandise, it’s always about the thrill. But when her secret gets out, Poppy’s clique turns on each other. As she watches her life collapse around her, Poppy must decide where her loyalties lie...and how far she’ll go to protect herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416990482
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 309
Sales rank: 579,083
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Wendy Toliver has explored a variety of jobs, from impersonating Marilyn Monroe for singing telegrams to impersonating a computer geek at an ad agency. She lives in Eden, Utah with her husband, three sons, two dogs, a cat, several fish, and an occasional mole.

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Lifted 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
Wendy Toliver has brought us into the world of fifteen year old Poppy Browne, a transplanted Colorado girl dropped into a Texas town where being in the Bible belt, is looked at as a good thing. Poppy has to deal with trying to fit into a ultra conservative Christian school, and living in a new town that has none of the charm of her old Boulder neighborhood. But in her first few days she meets Bridgette, her assigned school buddy, and Mary jane and Whitney, two of the school's elite and popular crowd. It doesn't take long before Mary Jane and Whitney to grab Poppy and bring her into their world of secrets and drama. See Mary Jane and Whitney have a penchant for stealing, or 'lifting' things from the local stores. Just one look at their closets and you can see that they have way more things than any teenage girl should have. When they bring Poppy into the circle and she starts to steal, she feels a strange thrill, but its quickly replaced by guilt and unease. In a twist she is turned in by the one person she never thought would do it...Bridgette and her stealing world implodes, threatening her relationship with her mother and friends. What i like is Poppy is a very strong young character who stands up and faces her judgement, even if its potentially catastrophic. But she also forces her three friends to make amends of their falling out and try to patch things up. And along the way she finds love with a boy that will make the school gossip boards tingle. I liked this book a lot because it showed both sides of the line. You have Poppy getting drawn into stealing by her friends, and she has a thrill from it, but then she gets home and feels so guilty and stressed that she can't do school work, or sleep for that matter. It does not romanticize the idea of steeling, rather, it shows it for what it really is and that you might have a thrill and excitement, but it can never last and your conscience will never let that stand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was simply amazing. Wendy Oliver captures the attention of the reader. I want her to right more. The story line is amazing. AMAZING READ.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Just before her sophomore year, Poppy Browne is taken from her normal life in Boulder and unwillingly put into a new town, Pleasant Acres. There, Poppy will be attending Calvary High, a Baptist school that has its fair share of sins and secrets. Right off the bat, Poppy causes quite a stir with her nose piercing and a few snarky comments, which gets her noticed by the popular girls, Whitney and Mary Jane. She's never felt the need to fit in, as back in Colorado she hung out with the tats and pierced crowd. But now she faces a dilemma of which clique to befriend. Should she choose the ever-popular and extremely gorgeous girls, or the "Good News Choir" that features Bridgette Josephs, the all-around overachiever and Poppy's very own Calvary High tour guide? Intrigued by Mary Jane and Whitney, Poppy finds herself getting friendly with the two, wondering how she climbed up the social ladder so quickly. Unfortunately, Poppy will soon discover that being friends with these two girls probably wasn't the best choice to make. Turns out they have an itch for shoplifting. Before she knows it, Poppy is lifted into an entirely foreign world filled with an irresistible and charmingly arrogant preacher's son, old grudges, revenge schemes, and a whole new temptation complete with a rush that is full of expensive merchandise. Can Poppy handle such things as crushes, a best friend's boyfriend issues, and backstabbing, or will she need a quick prayer and some major forgiveness to get her through the year? Wendy Toliver realistically portrays a girl swept into a world of stolen goods where the rush takes control and the actions become impulsive. Poppy, as the central character, gives the novel a lighter feel, with her hilarious outlook on life and love. LIFTED has all the important qualities that make it a good read: it's fun, smart, and extremely addictive, just like the main character and her frowned upon new habit.
mungo-beanie More than 1 year ago
It was an exquisite read. I loved how your character Poppy didn't want to be in the 'popular' group, the popular group just started being nice to her. Amazing! I would definitely recommend this to my book group and many more friends! Thank you for your book! Wendy Toliver, you are an amazing, wondrous author. Again thank you!
grayc More than 1 year ago
LIFTED was a very good book. i felt very connected to the author and to the characters within this exquisite novel. This is some of the best writing I have read in a while. This is an interesting subject and you made it even better. Thank you Wendy for coming and visiting our class. here is your review:)
moviebunny More than 1 year ago
Lifted is a story of Poppy Browne, a teen who moves to a new city/state/school and her journey of getting hooked on shoplifting. Wendy Toliver also does an amazing job of bringing her characters and their relationships to life. At first I didn't want to like Poppy's mom for putting so much pressure on her. I did want to like the nice girl, who tries to befriend Poppy and orient her to the school. I didn't want to like girls who shoplift. But just like real people, all of these characters are more than just one thing; they aren't simply good or bad, and bad choices don't automatically make you a bad person. Poppy doesn't like all of the choices she's making, but she doesn't know how to stop herself, or who to trust. I honestly don't know if I've ever imagined shoplifting like a drug before, and how this kind of behavior can affect and change a person's life. I think Lifted gives a real and honest portrayal of how easy it can be to make bad choices. Wendy also does a great job of giving Poppy a relateable voice, with a sense of humor. It really endeared me to the character whenever Poppy would say something angsty, right before she shared her truthful feelings with the reader. It was SOOOOOO good, I'm still trying to think of anything I can compare it to. I almost cried a couple of times, just because Wendy totally hit the right spot. And I'm not going to tell you any more, so I suggest you pick up your own copy and see for yourself.