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classic review: “how to be bad” August 19, 2009

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[Classic reviews are reviews that I’ve already written for another source and have moved the text here. I may comment further on them as well.]


How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle.
HarperTeen // Hardcover // 336 pages.
Reviewed from purchased copy.

Vicks, Mel, and Jesse — three unlikely friends — with one thing in common: they’re trapped in a car trying to get as far away as possible from Niceville, Florida armed with only a battered copy of the Fantastical Florida guide book. Heartbreak, breaking and entering, sight-seeing, and more than a few fights about music choices later, the girls figure out that this road trip will mean more than they ever expected.

I really liked this book. The girls were totally relatable and I completely saw myself in Mel. (Yes, believe it or not, I was the good girl.) Anyways, the coolest part about this book is that three different authors wrote it together. I think that’s the reason that the girls had such different voices. There’s a really neat interview with the authors available at Publisher’s Weekly about writing the book. (It’s a little bit long, but worth it.) If you’re looking for an escape, this is the book for you. [June 2008]

This novel still remains as one of my favorites to recommend when a teen comes to me asking for books about friendships, road trips, or chick lit. Seriously, check out the link to the interview between the authors — it gives you just a preview of how they constructed the nove, and I think it offers a great glimpse into what the writing style of the book was.

I’m still crossing my fingers that they collaborate on a second novel, but until then, I can honestly say that I’ve each writer’s individual titles and series too. Check them out!

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E. Lockhart
Sarah Mlynowski
Lauren Myracle




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