Susie Day is the author of SERAFINA *URGENTLY REQUIRES LIFE* and MY INVISIBLE BOYFRIEND. She lives in Oxford, England.
serafina67 *urgently requires life*by Susie Day
- LendMe LendMe™ Learn More
This hilarious debut is now available in paperback! Serafina doesn't have a boyfriend, doesn't have a best friend, and her parents fight all the time. But she does have a shiny new laptop (a present from her guilt-ridden and therefore overly generous dad). And with the shiny new laptop comes a shiny new identity: serafina67, blogging (and kissing) addict. But in a year when the secrets turn serious, and friends and parents might not be what they seem, is spilling your whole life on the Internet such a bright idea? It might just lead to tears, trouble, hilarious online adventures and a fresh new take on writing---a novel told as a blog.
- Scholastic, Inc.
- Publication date:
- Sold by:
- Scholastic, Inc.
- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 392 KB
- Age Range:
- 12 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews
I love this book !! To bad i only could read the sample but it was still the best , my dad is gonna buy it for me maybe so i hope whoever is reading this , reads the book it is soo interesting and addicting you are basically glued to the book
This book was definitely not one of my favorite books. The book started off interesting and sounding like an average teenage girl's life but towards the end it started to lose it's realism and also started to get less interesting. It took me forever to read it because I would always either fall asleep while reading it or not bother to read it at all when I had time to read. I tried hard to like it but you can never force yourself to actually like a book. Either you like it or you don't and I definitely did not like this book. At the end all it sounded like to me was a teenage girl babbling about how sorry her life waz instead of actually saying interesting stories about her life. Also what lost the book for me was the acronyms they used. Me being a teen I know about all the acronyms used such as when I text and I say stuff like ttyl, brb, ect. But the acronyms used in this story waz so weird and confused me so bad I had to but the book down and think about it before I went on so the book could make sense to me. But when I never got what it meant I waz just confused for that part of the story. What I recommend the author should have done to prevent that was probably put a key at the beginning of the book and say what each acronym meant. But of course they didn't do that which left me confused for most of the book. Also the comments that the main character and her online friends would leave each other would be about stuff not mentioned in the book and/or blogs that the main character wrote so that made the book even more confusing. I looked at other books the author, Susie Day, had written and saw that she didn't have much experience at writing books that were actually interesting especially to teens. "Serafina67 Urgently Requires Life" was her most interesting book out of the whole lot of books she has written which is quite sad because this book isn't that interesting. So I suggest you don't read this book (unless you are interested in reading book that are half good and half terrible) or any of the other books Susie Day has written. Trust me you don't want to waste your money on this book.
Susie Day's SERAFINA67 *URGENTLY REQUIRES LIFE* is a hilarious and intimate peek about being a British teenage girl, which besides the weird slang is strikingly familiar to being an American teen. It takes place over approximately four months and is entirely composed of Serafina67's blog and accompanying comments. (Note: There is a glossary in the back with definitions to weird English slang. Don't be like me and discover it after you've finished reading.)
Serafina67 is a fifteen-year-old girl who lives with her mum and visits her dad on weekends. She has a witch under her skin that makes her act terribly sometimes and has made a resolution to be accomplished on April 22nd (blog starts on Christmas) to be happy. On the way, she is helped and hindered by her real and blog friends, Crazy Pete the therapist, her parents (and their significant others), and, of course, her blog.
It's hard to describe Serafina, because she's very full-fleshed and complicated. She can be bouncing off the walls and wonderfully excited about her VTN (Very Thrilling Novel) at the beginning of one day and feel fat, miserable, and prone to chocolate by mid-afternoon. And even when she's at her lowest, she finds humorous ways to unload it onto her readers. She often summarizes horrible events with hilarious but appropriate imaginary dialogue, but one of my favorite moments is when she doesn't feel up to posting and hence composes a blog post entirely in haiku and her friends comment accordingly.
This book reminded me a lot of Stephen Chbosky's epistolary novel THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, not only because of its content, but also because it feels almost interactive. As I read the posts and the character's reactions, I realized that the format was really cool because it's a mixture between first person (Serafina) and third person (various comments). It was also a neat blur between the privacy of a journal and the public-ness of the Internet. One of Serafina's friends, Georgia Darkly, finds her by Googling "mermaid" and "anorexia."
This is a really fun read and the author, Susie Day, touches on a lot of issues -- I won't call them teen issues, because teens don't have a monopoly on being unhappy even though it sometimes feels like it -- without getting motherly, moral, or "I've-been-there" about it. And I swear that you don't even have to be(en) a teen girl to enjoy it. This book applies to anyone who has ever thought the Parents are crazy, said something they shouldn't have, or just hates their life.
This book is good, i guess. The plot was a little confusing sometimes though(or maybe its bc i read so frickin fast... haha:)
Don't read the first review on this book, because I don't agree~ This book for one was very interesting. A lot of British slang which meant having to look up what those words meant to understand the book better, but all in all it was great! I couldn't stop reading every one of Serafina67's new blogs. They found a way to make me smile and laugh (: It's a pretty quick read and if you're a female teenager I definetely recommend this. Adults? Not so much. there's a lot of IM lingo and such sort and if you are lost about that, maybe you should learn them first. plus, this book is f'suree written in teenager. adults might find it annoying. some other teenagers might not like it either. but for teenagers that talk like that, they'll surely enjoy this book. and maybe be able to relate a bit. i mean sure, big deal that not all of the events are relateable/realistic. it's a book for crying out loud! the only problem is that she doesn't really use names, just usernames. it's a bit confusing because you don't know anything about those people and stuff. like i'm wondering, "Who is he/she?" and you don't know what they look like or NOTHING. so it's a bit confusing because also sometimes she doesn't put some info because it's "Serafina67's blog" meaning it's not private so there's sometimes not really personal info that you want to know. but otherwise, it's a good book to read when you need a refreshing funny story. To conclude, this was a satisfyingly humorous book that you should seriously consider reading. SERIOUSLY AND HONESTLY, just read it (: