Luv Ya Bunches (A Flower Power Book #1)

Luv Ya Bunches (A Flower Power Book #1)

by Lauren Myracle

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Overview

What do Katie-Rose, Yasaman, Milla, and Violet have in common? Other than being named after flowers, practically nothing. Katie-Rose is a film director in training. Yasaman is a computer whiz. Milla is third in command of the A list. And Violet is the new girl in school. They’re fab girls, all of them, but they sure aren’t friends. And if evil queen bee Medusa—’scuse me, Modessa—has her way, they never will be. But this is the beginning of a new school year, when anything can happen and social worlds can collide . . .

Told in Lauren Myracle’s inventive narrative style—here a fresh mix of instant messages, blog posts, screenplay, and straight narrative—Luv Ya Bunches has been called “enticing” by Publishers Weekly and received a starred review from Booklist, which called it “a fun, challenging, and gently edifying story.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810989825
Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Series: Flower Power , #1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.68(w) x 5.72(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lauren Myracle is the author of the New York Times bestselling Internet Girls series (ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r), Rhymes with Witches, and Bliss, among many other books for teenagers and young people. She grew up in Atlanta, is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program in writing for children and young adults, and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her family. Visit her online at www.laurenmyracle.com.

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Luv Ya Bunches 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 122 reviews.
ealaindraoi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is so cute, that disliking it would be like disliking a basket of kittens. No question about it, it¿s a GIRL book. For one thing, it¿s decidedly PINK, with cartoon-like characters of the four girls in the story, that look a little like the Brat dolls, on the cover. Also, boys are only mentioned as an after thought in the book. This book is about 4 girls, who all feel out of place for one reason or another and their relationships with each other and other girls in their classroom and their families.Like Lauren Myracle¿s previous books; ttyl, ttfn, l8r, g8r and bff , this book includes bits of IM chats between the girls and some transcripts of Katie Rose¿s videos. Unlike those books, this book is solidly for the Middle Grade level (5-6th grade) in both reading level and content.It¿s really cute and funny and I enjoyed it. You can¿t go wrong with this book for a 5/6th grade girl. Apparently, it¿s intended to be the first in a series and it looks like they¿re putting up a website (luvyabunches.com) to correspond with the website that one of the girls creates in the book. I think kids really enjoy some of these tie-ins, when they¿re appropriate.
Runa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Luv Ya Bunches, although written for a younger (target age group: 9-13) audience, is a book that will easily be enjoyed by readers of a wider span of ages. Speaking as an 18 year old, I genuinely enjoyed this book for what it was, not in a "aw, look at the cute younger kids!" way. I think I was most excited about seeing a Muslim girl portrayed not as the "token Muslim girl" (even though in some ways, that was still her role), but as a genuine character in a group of 4 entering fifth graders. All of the characters are fantastically well-developed for a group of 11 year olds, which is a real testament to the amazingness of Lauren Myracle's writing. The social networking site, SomethingSomethingBlahBlah.com (it needs a better name!) brings the girls all together in a really cute way-something you do actually get to see in the day of Facebook, Myspace, Ning, and the like. I was very glad to see she did an IM-format book featuring a younger generation, though the nod back to the original Internet Girls was adorable! The fact that the book was written in present tense really helped provide a playful edge to the story. The girls are so realistic and, as a result of that, extremely likeable. They are given real-life struggles that are portrayed so elegantly by Myracle, in a way that is not overwhelming at all for 11 year olds to read, but also a way that adds a lot more dimension to both the books and the characters. The situations these girls go through are all things that real girls go through (I can tell you that the incident with the turtle? Yeah, I had that same thing happen to me in the third grade with a beanie baby, being framed to look like I had stolen it and put it in my backpack. SAME story.) and it is important that there are books like this out there to serve as reassurance that their situations are not at all unique, that others are dealing with the same thing, they are far from alone. I am so proud of Lauren Myracle for addressing real life issues, messed up parents, girl fighting, and more, things that we as a society oftentimes fail to prepare our daughters for. This was a story with real life girls dealing with real life struggles in a way that shows friendship as stronger than any difficulties they may be faced with.Rating: 5/5
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Luv Ya Bunches, Katie-Rose, Milla, Violet and Yasaman are all experiencing their first week in the 5th grade.Katie-Rose is the techy one - she normally hides behind her camcorder. She and Camilla or ¿Milla¿ for short became friends over the summer at their summer camp. But now that school is about to start Katie-Rose is stressing because she¿s not sure if her friendship with Milla will continue.Milla is the beautiful, popular one. She wears all the trendy clothes, and hangs out with the coolest girls in school (although Modessa and Quin - said coolest girls, are not very nice). She lives with her two mothers and is stressing because slowly she is realizing that the coolest girls in school might not exactly be who she wants to hang out with.Violet is the new girl in school. She just moved with her father to town and is none too happy about having to leave her friends behind. Not to mention she is suffering over the loss of her mother. She is assessed by the other girls and is promptly offered to be part of the popular clique. She wears the right clothes and has the perfect attitude - but will she fit in?Then there¿s Yasaman - although she¿s been in the same school with these other girls, she has always been seen as an outcast. Her classmates see her as different because she wears a hijab and comes from a Muslim family. But underneath all that she is quite the whiz at html code. She has created a social network (similar to MySpace, Facebook, etc.) but she has no friends to tell about it.The story is told through all four points-of-view, including some fun instant message chats, and some very inventive screenplays and daydreams (courtesy of Katie-Rose). Each girl has her own personality and they all four compliment one another. It touches on topics that are very real to young girls - anywhere from bullying, to fashion sense, to just everyday issues - like overcoming differences and accepting who you are. I loved all the illustrations and the cutesy chat forums were uber adorable. I think all young girls can enjoy this story - it is definitely geared towards the 9-12 age group. It is also noted that this is book one - so we will definitely be reading more about the girls in the future.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Katie-Rose, Violet, Yasaman, and Camilla have hardly anything in common, except that they¿re all going into fifth grade at the same elementary school. Katie-Rose is a little spastic and spends most of her time behind a film camera, but still desires some female friends. Violet is the new girl with a sad family secret. Yasaman gets made fun of for her head-scarf, but she¿s brilliant with computers. And Milla¿s having trouble trying to remain friends with the popular Modessa and her crony, Quin.Then, on the first day of school, Violet asks Katie-Rose for directions, Katie-Rose flings her directional arm into Yasaman, who trips and falls into Camilla, making her spill the contents of her backpack. In the process, Milla¿s lucky bobblehead turtle is lost, and the drama that ensues might set the whole fifth grade in an uproar¿or bring four different girls together in friendship.Lauren Myracle¿s writerly charm and humor persist even as she delves into a sort of chick lit for the elementary school lot. Her characters are fun and real, and the issues they face and the lessons they learn¿what it means to be a friend¿will touch the hearts of readers of any age.There are pretty much no weak points in LUV YA BUNCHES. The four girls, who each get to tell their stories via different mediums, are as different yet ultimately as compatible as you and your group of friends. Each girl genuinely has heart, an important character quality that all too often goes missing in the course of writing a story. As a result, readers will want these girls for their best friends¿or sisters, or daughters, depending on your age!Perhaps most remarkable about Lauren¿s writing, though, is her ability to incidentally include details that can be big issues on their own. For example, Camilla has two mothers, Yasaman is Muslim, Violet¿s mother has issues we don¿t usually see in children¿s literature, and Katie-Rose is half-Asian. It¿s remarkable how effortlessly these details fold into the story, becoming simply an important but not overbearing part of their identity. We need more of those kinds of literature nowadays.Overall, LUV YA BUNCHES is an absolutely perfect read for elementary-age girls and their mothers. With a heartwarming cast of characters, endless entertaining situations, and an important message of friendship bringing out the best in you, it¿s a winner for everyone. Pick it up, and you won¿t be able to stop giggling and smiling, reliving the best¿and worst¿of fifth grade!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While it had a familiar plot it was so heartwarming and easy to relate to. Definetly reccomend this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it just like Dork Diares where Mackenzie is the mean girl but the girls are not friends because they don't know each other!!!!!!!!! Please comment because I'm deciding wether to buy it or not!.......#pleaseanswer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theres nothing wrong with it. Its not anyboys fault if theyre gay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This awesome book will or might help you with your bff life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv this whole series. Unlike the Canterwood Crest books by Jessica Burkhart, there is almost no boy drama. Just bully drama. Modessa/Medusa is the Heather Fox of this book. Violet's problem in this book is that she has too many secrets and she doesn't really open up to her friends like she's supposed to until the end. It's mostly Modessa who makes this book interesting. Her style as an equal-opporotunity bully is what makes this book tick. Oh, and Milla does end up holding Max's hand in Awesome Blossom when they both go to Olive Garden, so that was kind of cute. But guess who ends up kissing a boy first? KATIE ROSE! She kisses Preston! READ THIS SERIES!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WT<_>F KIDS CAN KNOW ABOUT GAYS THERES NOTHING WRONG WITH IT. YO.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good although if you are an imature baby than it is inapropriate it does say pole dancer skanky slutty and stuff but is says that so you dont do those things it clearly states that milla did not like those things .Milla has two moms . So what that happens in real life all the time . It is stupid to pretend to people like that dont exsist. They are still people btw this is a great book and if you dont like what happens in real life i dont now what to tell you its just life dealwithit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!It is amazing and very well written. A good peice of liturature to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this approprite for wut grade thx im a worred kid trying to find out judt write ur msg and say 2 kyr thx ttylxox
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulious book,the ending is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next result.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book i loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The language in this book is VERY inappropriate for the target demographic. I happened to be reading with my 10 year for a school reading event and, after reading page 40 where a character used the words &quot;slutty&quot;, &quot;skanky&quot;, and &quot;pole-dancer&quot;, had my daughter return the book to the school library. I talked with the librarian and she is either go to pull it from the shelf or set a higher age level requirement for checking it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. If you're into drama,teenagers,and comedy,then this is an ideal book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your voice. Your voice res one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very entertaining book about friendship.Also very true.my fav book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
cute premise...but very inappropriate for girls of this age. It is not necessary to have homosexual parents or pole dancers or say inappropriate things in books for children. They get enough of this stuff in the real world just walking around the mall, books should be fun and carefree...not full of this inappropriate language and behavior.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for all ages .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book9! It is absolutly fantastic!