Rated 2 stars ** ARC. Published October 11, 2016. Amulet Books. 354 p.
Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her older brother Toby have always been more like best friends than brother and sister. They love watching all kinds of movies, and their movie quotes drive everyone crazy. Toby comes up with fun, silly ideas of things to do, is the life of the party, and always has an entourage of friends.
She and Toby have always been there for each other so, when he starts cutting school, smoking pot, staying in his room, and acting strangely, Amelia covers for him. She starts to put her own life on hold for him, getting mad at her boyfriend and best friend for suggesting something might be wrong with him. When Toby is diagnosed with schizophrenia, Amelia has to learn how to deal with his diagnosis and to live her life without her brother by her side.
It took some time before I could really get into this book. I started it, put it down for a few months, and then decided to try again one more time. The constant movie quotes, titles of movies I’d never heard of, and constant references to movies at inopportune times were very off putting. It wasn’t until Toby was diagnosed and Amelia decided to stop living her life like a movie that the book became bearable. Only then was I finally able to read without the constant distraction of movie titles and quotes. I also didn’t think the author needed to be so explicit when describing Amelia and her boyfriend’s sexual antics. I thought it was an unnecessary distraction, and the book could have stood alone without their relationship.
I wasn’t a fan of this book, and the only reason I gave it two stars instead of one was because I thought it important for readers to learn about how mental illness affects teenagers.
Thank you for your comments. I never heard back from the previous winner(s), so the three of you who commented below were entered into the contest, and the winner of the “Dear Teen Me” book and swag is….
Joy!!! Congratulations. Can you feel the joy? 🙂
I will be sending you an email asking for your mailing information. Please respond as soon as possible, as Zest Books has already emailed me asking for my winner’s info.
Thanks to the rest of you for responding.
I don’t understand what is going on. Two days ago, I had to pick a new winner for the contest because the first winner didn’t respond with her mailing information. After waiting a full week, Anne Curtis was picked. I sent her an email several days ago asking for an address, but have not heard back. If one enters a contest, one would think they wanted to win. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be working like that here, as she is now the second winner not to respond to a direct appeal.
Thus, if I don’t hear from Anne by tomorrow, I am picking yet ANOTHER winner. Unfortunately, this lackluster response is making me not want to run future contests, as the same thing happened when I tried to give away “The Raven Boys” back in September.
So Anne, if you’re out there, you have 24 hrs. to get back to me with your address. Look for the email I sent you so you don’t broadcast your address here to the world.
If you want to be considered if Anne doesn’t answer this third reminder, please respond to this post. That way I’ll know you are interested. I really dislike picking uninterested winners and wasting not only my time but everyone else’s time waiting for them to respond. Looking forward to hearing from those who truly do want to win.
Jessi was the former winner of the “Dear Teen Me” Book and Swag. Unfortunately for her, she did not get back to me with her email address by today’s deadline. That makes it great for those of you who had previously entered, as I picked a new winner.
The NEW winner of the “Dear Teen Me” book and swag is Anne Curtis. Congratulations Anne! Thank you for including your email address. I will send you an email with the details.
Again, thanks to everyone for entering.
Thank you to all who commented on My very own Dear Teen Me letter, and for entering the contest for a copy of “Dear Teen Me” and some book swag. All comments and support for both myself and the book were much appreciated.
The contest ended today at 3 pm so, using the Custom Number Random Generator, I am pleased to announce that Jessi Brown is the winner. Congratulations Jessi!
Jessi, you didn’t include your email address in your post as I’d requested. I hope you’re a follower of my blog so you can see this notification of your winning status in your mailbox. Please contact me on this post with your email address, so I can get your mailing address and send it on to Zest Books who will be mailing items out to all winners in the National Blog Tour after November 17th.
If I don’t hear from you in a week Jessi, I will randomly pick another winner. Hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks again everyone!
Congratulations to Amanda Gilliton, winner of “The Raven Boys” ARC contest for Follower’s Only. Happy early birthday!
Thanks to those who entered. Keep reading cos you never know when a “Follower’s Only” ARC giveaway will commence.
Enjoy your weekend.
I’m really surprised. I didn’t think it would be so difficult to give out a free ARC! Neither of the first two winners got back to me with their e-mails as requested, so I’m guessing they aren’t followers of the blog. This is not good news for them, but it’s good news for the rest of you.
So, here we go again…
According to the CRNG (Custom Random Number Generator), the winner of the “Magisterium” ARC is #10 Stephanie Eames. Stephanie included her e-mail address in her comment, so I will be sending her an e-mail. Congratulations Stephanie!