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Rachel Vail

Autor(a) de Sometimes I'm Bombaloo

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About the Author

Rachel Vail, born on July 25, 1966 in Manhattan. She is an author of children's and young adult books. She grew up in New Rochelle, New York, and is a graduate of Georgetown University. Her debut novel Wonder won an Editor's Choice award from Booklist in 1991, and in 1992 her second novel, Do-Over, mostrar mais won that award also. She has authored several series which include Friendship Ring, Mama Rex and T, If We Kiss, and Avery Sisters Trilogy. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Rachel Vail

Sometimes I'm Bombaloo (2000) 543 exemplares
If We Kiss (2005) 236 exemplares
Lucky (2008) 200 exemplares
Well, That Was Awkward (2017) 174 exemplares
Mama Rex and T stay up late (2001) 158 exemplares
Unfriended (2014) 156 exemplares
Gorgeous (2009) 156 exemplares
Over the Moon (1998) 118 exemplares
If You Only Knew (1998) 117 exemplares
Mama Rex and T lose a waffle (2000) 112 exemplares
Please, Please, Please (1998) 94 exemplares
Brilliant (Avery Sisters Trilogy) (2010) 82 exemplares
Piggy Bunny (2012) 76 exemplares
Daring to Be Abigail (1996) 69 exemplares
Mama Rex and T Shop for Shoes (2000) 65 exemplares
Kiss Me Again (2012) 63 exemplares
Homework Trouble (Mama Rex And T) (1949) 63 exemplares
The Horrible Playdate (1949) 60 exemplares
Wonder (1991) 55 exemplares
The (Almost) Perfect Mother's Day (2002) 49 exemplares
Flabbersmashed About You (2012) 39 exemplares
Ever After (1994) 39 exemplares
Jibberwillies At Night (2008) 39 exemplares
Do-Over (1992) 38 exemplares
What Are Friends For? (1999) 36 exemplares
The Sort-of Super Snowman (1949) 32 exemplares
Halloween Knight (2003) 31 exemplares
Bad Best Friend (2020) 21 exemplares
A Is for Elizabeth (2019) 19 exemplares
Mama Rex and T run out of tape (2001) 18 exemplares
Prize (Mama Rex & T) (1949) 11 exemplares
Mama Rex and T (2003) 3 exemplares
Ik ben Cleo! (1996) 2 exemplares
Over the Moom 1 exemplar
Inseparables: Me gustas tu (2006) 1 exemplar
Provaci ancora Whitman (2000) 1 exemplar
School Age-2223 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories (2011) — Contribuidor — 324 exemplares
Places I Never Meant To Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers (1999) — Contribuidor — 318 exemplares
Tripping Over the Lunch Lady and Other School Stories (2004) — Contribuidor — 252 exemplares
Fourteen Days: A Collaborative Novel (2022) — Contribuidor — 195 exemplares
My Little Red Book (2009) — Contribuidor — 164 exemplares
Be Careful What You Wish for Ten Stories (2000) — Contribuidor — 67 exemplares


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Here it is.

The worst book I ever read.

Everything happened at once, and nothing happened at all.

I will say this. This book is perfect for you if you like reading about shallow, spoiled, bratty, selfish fourteen-year-olds who don't know a thing about life and think they do, kissing their boyfriends from sixth grade (you read that right) and then leaving the boys hanging while they sneak around their parents' mansions and their friends party in the Hamptons with high school boys. Complaining. The. Entire. Time.

If the main character had actually shaped up by the end of the book that would've been something. But here's what happens. She kissed her boyfriend in sixth grade, didn't see him over a weekend and didn't talk to him after that. Just avoided the boy who supposedly had been more like a best friend than a boyfriend. (You know, 'cause eleven-year-olds have the maturity to really know.) Then again at the end of eighth grade, to the dismay of her friends, she got back with him. Not really. But kind of. They made out while in swimsuits and this eighth grader "noticed how warm his skin was".
Then, go figure, she doesn't talk to him.
At the very end of the book they kiss again. And that's all. It doesn't go on after that, to say she actually treated him right. For all we know, they never spoke again as long as they lived.
If that had actually been slightly resolved it could've redeemed a story that was shallow from start to finish. But no one gained any responsibility or maturity by the end. Ooh, she humbled herself enough to accept her friend's gift of the dress they both knew she wanted more than anything. She once complimented a girl she'd been a little mean to before. Not enough to counterbalance that all along her group of "best friends" were talking about each other behind their backs.

None of these brats changed or shaped up by the end of this novel. It took over two hundred pages to say "The brats stayed brats."

But, if that's what you like, this book is for you. Hope you regret reading it less than I did. (Not really.)
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johanna.florez21 | 14 outras críticas | May 27, 2024 |
Gracie kind of maybe likes AJ, but Riley also likes AJ, but AJ likes Sienna, who... maybe likes AJ? But doesn't know what to say to him? So Gracie texts AJ using Sienna's phone, because Sienna is Gracie's best friend. But Emmett, Gracie's second-best friend, is also AJ's best friend, so Gracie can kind of use him to get info on AJ, too. But maybe there's someone Emmett likes...

Middle school is generally miserable, and some of these kids are, too, but most of them are actually very likable for all that. I think this got put on my reading list because of the hat-tip to Cyrano de Bergerac (my long-time fave), and it's a cute, lighthearted handling of that angle. There are also some serious bits: Gracie deals with body image issues, as well as some complicated feelings about the older sister who died before Gracie was born, and about feeling like she has to be her parents' little ray of sunshine because of that. It's cute and funny and only a little bit angsty, and I would recommend it to middle-schoolers, and also those who enjoy reading books written for middle-schoolers.… (mais)
foggidawn | 9 outras críticas | Apr 15, 2024 |
Read this with my stepdaughter (middle schooler). She loved this book. It was easy to read and it had short chapters. Bonus was all the “drama” which, from a parent perspective, wasn’t bad at all, just typical, innocent drama that eventually rolled up nicely into a happy ending with decent moral. Overall, good book for the intended audience, although not my cup of tea. Did enjoy the writing style and short chapters though.
jbrownleo | 9 outras críticas | Mar 27, 2024 |
Very cute 2nd grade chapter book. I got a little confused from speed reading, but find the quirky character to be charming.
mslibrarynerd | 3 outras críticas | Jan 13, 2024 |



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