Reviews Posted: REVISED LIFE OF ELLIE SWEET [and] UNLIKELY DEBUT OF ELLIE SWEET / by Stephanie Morrill

The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet / by Stephanie Morrill
Playlist Young Adult Fiction     ISBN 9780988759435

The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet / by Stephanie Morrill
Playlist Young Adult Fiction     ISBN 9780988759442
HS     Grade 8-12     Rating: 4

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YA author Stephanie Morrill pens a contemporary novel about a teen girl who turns her everyday life into her first book. Morrill uses the story within a story format, as Ellie rewrites her experiences in a medieval story starring herself as Lady Gabriella.

In The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, Ellie deals with the ups and downs of high school life. She is a bookish teen on the fringes of the popular crowd, trying to avoid attention yet wanting to see her book published. As she interacts with her friends (some are mean girls), she rewrites their relationships in her own novel.

n The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet, Morrill’s book is a sweet read, with endearing but flawed realistic characters. Ellie’s crushed hopes and heartbreak resonate with the reader. Ellie grows in maturity as she realizes that lying to one’s parents and keeping secrets has consequences.

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Winner of 2013 Grace Award, The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet helps a teen girl feel empowered as she navigates the challenges of high school relationships. The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet tells the consequence of using her pen as her sword — revenge isn’t as sweet as she pictured.

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