WARNING: Post contains spoilers. This book is the sequel to The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, another fantastic read. :)
The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill
Released: November 7, 2013
Publisher: Novel Teen Press
For once, Ellie Sweet has it all together. Her hair now curls instead of
fuzzes, she’s tamed the former bad-boy, Chase Cervantes (she has,
right?), and her debut novel will hit shelves in less than a year. Even
her ex-friends are leaving her alone. Well, except for Palmer Davis, but
it can’t be helped that he works at her grandmother’s nursing home.
Life should feel perfect. And yet, it’s not that easy. Ellie’s editor
loves her, but the rest of the publishing biz? Not so much. And they’re
not shy about sharing their distrust over Ellie’s unlikely debut. Ellie
has always been able to escape reality in the pages of her novel, but
with the stress of major edits and rocky relationships, her words dry
up. In fiction, everything always comes together, but in real life, it
seems to Ellie that hard work isn’t always enough, the people you love
can’t always be trusted…and the dream-come-true of publishing her book
could be the biggest mistake she’s made yet.
This book was perfect in every way! The plot was realistic and
well-balanced when it came to showing both Ellie's writing life and her
social life, I could easily relate to Ellie as a teen writer, and I
found myself highlighting entire chapters in my Kindle because they were
just so. Good.
Let start with the plot.
Like I said
before, the plot was realistic and well-balanced. Ellie's writing
journey wasn't a perfect, lollipop-lined, road of success. She had ups
and downs just like any writer, and that's what made her so human. The
plot twists were perfect in the sense that they alluded to them, but you
didn't really see it happening until it happened. You really saw
through Ellie's eyes, felt what Ellie felt, hoped for what Ellie hoped
Which brings us to characters.
I loved Ellie. She
could be me in four years, except I probably won't have won the Great
Debut Contest (and not only because it's fictional). I was able to
relate to her as a fellow teen writer trying to make it in the world,
but even if you aren't a writer, she definitely goes through normal
teenage girl things. (Breakups, fussy relatives, friendships that don't
always work out, etc.)
I loved Ellie so much, that I felt
everything as she felt it, figured everything out as she figured it out.
I saw through her eyes, and I thought that was awesome. When Ellie was
swooning over Chase, I thought he was the greatest guy ever. When he
frustrated her, I was frustrated. When he broke up with her, I was sad
on her behalf (although I did recover more quickly than she did). The
only thing I disagreed with her about was Palmer. Well, Palmer during
her relationship with Chase. I thought Chase was too protective of
Ellie. Palmer was right. When Ellie was dating him, being friends with
Chase was a given, but when Ellie was dating Chase, Palmer was excluded.
I didn't think that was cool at all.
I cheered when Palmer
showed up on Ellie's doorstep with her book and they talked about "Rafe"
(*cough* Palmer *cough*) and they finally kissed. Like in all the good
romance novels, the heroine does end up with her best friend.
even loved the "smaller" characters, like Tori and Betsy Ann. Jayna, the
teenage girl who shows up to Ellie's signing and has been stalking her
online for ages now, could've been me.
But the small things I loved in this book really made everything count. I loved . . .
Ellie blog, "Sweet Scribbles"
The way she and Palmer finally got together, through her writing.
Bianca and Marie showing up to her signing to forgive her.
The way Palmer asked Ellie to prom.
The ending line (so perfect).
The way Chase called her Ellie Jane.
The plot twist with Bronte and the Barefaced Book Reviews (SO SO SO PERFECT!!!!).
The way Palmer called her Gabrielle.
When Stephanie Morrill mentioned "Gilmore Girls" . . . twice!!!
Karen's support towards Ellie.
The snippets of Invisibly Yours.
All of the behind-the-scenes shown about the publishing industry.
Palmer, Palmer, Palmer.
And everything. :)
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet (a Book Review)--"SHE MENTIONED GILMORE GIRLS!!!"
I am a 17-year-old homeschooler, author, daydreamer, voracious reader, introvert, feminist, klutz, fangirl, and overuser of tape. I love the impossible (which might explain my obsessions with fantasy novels and Harry Potter) but I dip into the real world . . . occasionally. I tend to get overly emotional over my OTPs and eat sushi or listen to Taylor Swift to soothe the pain. If all else fails, reruns of “Doctor Who” or “Supernatural” is sure to help. I’m a big fan of mismatched socks, Cheez-Its, and bittersweet endings. I believe anything Rainbow Rowell, Felicia Day, or Lin-Manuel Miranda touches turns to gold. If you want to win the way to my heart, help me adopt a baby elephant. Or a llama. Or both. I write to survive and will often yell at my characters if they aren’t behaving, which is always. It doesn’t usually help. I am a contributor to the "Fauxpocalypse" anthology. You can follow me on Twitter at @Magic_Violinist.