Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"8 Notes to a Nobody" by Cynthia T. Toney {Teen Week!}

{Welcome to Teen Week! Every quarter we're going to try and do a Teen Week! A week where every weekday has a new review of a Christian book written just for teens! You’re reading the second one of this quarter's! :) } {Day One Here!}
About this book:

  “Anonymous sticky-notes, a scheming bully, and a ruined summer send fourteen-year-old Wendy down a trail of secrets and self-discovery.
  Wendy Robichaud doesn't care one bit about being popular like her good-looking classmates Tookie and the Sticks—until Brainiac bully John-Monster schemes against her, and someone leaves anonymous sticky-note messages all over school. Even the best friend she always counted on, Jennifer, is hiding something and pulling away. But the Spring Program, abandoned puppies, and high school track team tryouts don’t leave much time to play detective. When secrets and failed dreams kick off the summer after eighth grade, will Jennifer still be around to support her as high school starts in the fall?
  Using humor and offering hope, this story for tweens and young teens delicately addresses issues of bullying, eating disorders, imperfect families, and teen suicide.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Bird Face” series.

Spiritual Content- A Scripture is quoted; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; A few prayers; Mentions of Church; Mentions of Heaven; Mentions of religions; Wendy wears a crucifix & is Catholic;
*Note: a mention of aliens.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘crummy’, a ‘dang it’, a ‘geez’, a ‘screwed up’, a ‘what the heck’, a ‘witch’, two of ‘shut up’s, two forms of ‘wimp’, four ‘idiot’s, four ‘rats’, and eight ‘stupid’s; A mention of a promise not to cuss; Sarcasm; Lots & Lots of bullies, taunts, mean names, hating & wishing ill on death a few people; Wanting to hit someone; Mentions of alcoholics, AA & booze; Mentions of rehab; Mentions of throwing up; Mentions of pimples & acne; A mention of a dead dog (barely-above-not-detailed); A mention of looking at eye diseases; Wendy’s parents are divorced & many mentions of it; A girl passes out & staring at her (semi-detailed); A suicide & wake (barely-above-not-detailed);
            *Note: Many mentions of makeup & wearing it.

Sexual Content- Many mentions of boys, cute boys & crushes; Mentions of flirts & flirting; Mentions of ugly boys & girls; two ‘hot’s when referring to how someone looks; A mention of a curvy figure; A mention of getting naked in the locker room; Wendy stuffs her bra with cotton balls & mentions of her breasts being small; Many mentions of & talks about eating disorders, anorexia, starving yourself & losing weight;  
           *Note: Mentions of shorter skirts, sport bras & bras; two mentions of a bottom, “I landed on my butt.” And “get your butt out of here.”; A mention of unwanted puppies due to the parents not being spayed or neutered.

- Wendy Robichaud, age 13-14
                                         1st person P.O.V. of Wendy
                                                        202 pages

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My personal Rating- 

{Add 1-2 stars for girls in Public School}
First off, I think the cover’s colors are really cute and fun. As for the inside of this book, I was taken back at how bitter & hateful Wendy could be. I can’t say I liked her much in the first half on the book. Wishing death or illness or failure on someone really isn’t the nicest thing to do. I wish there had been more Spiritual Content in this book, but it would have been especially nice if there was Wendy learning to pray over those who she is having difficulty with. Just my .02 cents. ;) By the very end, she had definitely grown, but I hope the next book in the series has more Spiritual Content. Public School girls will enjoy this book better, I think, compared to my fellow homeschoolers.

See y’all Tomorrow with a new Teen Week review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

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