Thursday, May 24, 2012

RABT: Changing My Wardrobe by Deb Hanrahan Book Review and Giveaway (Ends 5/31) WW

Reading Addiction Blog ToursLindsey, a high school freshman, views her new school as a place to start over. With the help of her friends, she hopes that a change in her wardrobe will prompt a change in her image. She has some success until her long-time nemesis, Avery, reminds Lindsey of her place. Without asking for help from the adults, the main character and her friends struggle to manage the bullying. Despite their efforts, tensions rise, and people get hurt.

Back cover:
Incoming freshman, Lindsey Ames, wants to take Italian, and she wants to join the National Honor Society.
She wants a new image, and she wants better clothes.
She wants Avery to stop tormenting her, and she wants Marco to ask her out.
She wants Jocelyn to go away, but she wants Grouper to be happy.
She wants to save Teeny's reputation, but she doesn't want to lose everything.
Will Lindsey find the courage to stand up to her enemies before it's too late?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I had fully planned on giving this a 4-star rating since this appeared to be the typical young adult novel.  It dealt with topics such as cyber-bullying, drug use, young love, and friendship.  I was certain that I knew how everything would end, and this would be a book to which I could give a typical YA review, and all would be well.  It even followed the typical formula by being told from the first person perspective.

I have to admit that I am still reeling from the ending.  I am not giving any spoilers whatsoever, but I have to say that this is not your typical YA novel.  This is reality, and it is written in a very easy-to-read format.  The book is short and to the point, and I would recommend this anyone who likes YA books.

This is a timely book that really deals with the issue of cyber bullying and the contributing factors.  Yes, there is some profanity, but I will tell you that it really did not bother me.  This is a book that will surprise and shock the reader, and it is one of the most realistic books I have read in ages.  I don't want to say any more lest I give away the story.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine. 

Author Bio
I live with my husband and three teenagers in the Chicagoland burbs. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Chemistry, I worked at a nuclear power plant for five years. I then left my career to stay at home with my three kids.
Seemingly, overnight, I went from being crazy-busy to having way too much time on my hands. With my husband working long hours and my kids pursuing their own lives, I had to reinvent myself. So, I decided to write that book I always wanted to write. Changing My Wardrobe is my first novel

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I am offering this giveaway in cooperation with this giveaway hop:

2nd Annual
Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop
May 25th to 31st

This hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Page Turners Blog.  This giveaway is for an e-book of this same book that I reviewed. It is open worldwide, and entry is via the rafflecopter below.  In order to have the chance to win, please enter the giveaway by May 31  9:00 P.M. Pacific Time.

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  1. I have to agree on this one, I'm not a big YA fan, and was expecting this to follow suit with most YA books - but man, this book really blew me away. And the ending! Oh, don't even get me started, it still has me shocked. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!

  2. Ruth,
    Thanks for taking the time to read CMW and thanks for the great review. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.


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