Since Ellie Sweet has been popular on our poll (keep on voting for which books you want to see reviewed!), we decided to put up our discussion now.
Instead of the normal ol’ book review, we’re discussing!
Ellie Sweet is a lot of things—good girl, novelist, silent adorer of the new boy at school, Palmer. But when “outcast” gets added to the list, she decides it’s time to take reality into her own hands … and tweak it as needed.
In the pages of her book, she’s Lady Gabrielle, favorite of the medieval Italian court. Her once-friends are reduced to catty ladies-in-waiting, and the too-charming Palmer—who in real life never spares her a second word—gets to be nothing more than a rake wracked by unrequited love for her. She even has a perfect real-life villain in the brooding Chase, who hails from the wrong side of town.
But just when she’s getting along great in her fictional world, the real one throws her a few curves. With Chase pursuing her, Palmer wanting to date her—but in secret—and the details of her manuscript going public, Ellie suddenly receives more attention than she ever really wanted. And when her former-friends discover what she’s been writing, they’re determined to teach Ellie a lesson about the severe consequences of using her pen as her sword.
Also! It’s only $0.99 on Amazon! And the newly released sequel, The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet, is just out too, for $2.99!
MIME: You know how there are those books, and you look at them, and think, “Wow. I need to read this book”? The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet is definitely one of them. Three reasons: It’s by Stephanie Morrill (she wrote The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt trilogy, which I group reviewed.) Two, it has a great cover, and three… Ellie Sweet is a writer.
CAIT: And who doesn’t love a book about a writer?
MIME: Writers are great. This is probably the… what? Second? book I’ve read about a teen writer. (The first being Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil.) And it’s really fun to be able to relate to a character over something like writing.
CAIT: Unless you’re relating to a cook book. (Cook books are good to relate to.)
MIME: Why? Because cook books produce food?
CAIT: I just don’t want to look back and think, “I could have eaten that.”
MIME: Someone’s been spending a lot of time on Pinterest.
CAIT: Hey! I missed the internet while we were away.
MIME: Probably my favourite thing about Ellie Sweet is how much I could relate to her. And the best part was, I could connect over more than just the writing. With a book like this, it would be very easy to make the writing be Ellie’s only feature. But I loved her personality. She’s really a nice person, but rather sophisticated, which makes people see her as a bit stuck-up. (I identified there.)
CAIT: Yeah, Mime, you should totally identify with the stuck-up bit.
MIME: I said people see her as stuck-up, you idiot.
CAIT: Meh. Same difference. So! Along with Ellie Sweet’s fabulous (sophisticated?) personality, we had a few plot devices I’m not so fond of. Bring on the LOVE TRIANGLE. (Available in various colours to coordinate with your genre!)
MIME: That’s harsh.
CAIT: Why? One was a bad boy, the other was a mean boy. Are those really the only options?
MIME: Okay, so Ellie doesn’t attract nice company. Poor girl. Her friend-life isn’t exactly flourishing.
MIME: Settle down, Smeagol.
CAIT: Now, I actually have something semi-controversial to say.
CAIT: I actually didn’t like Ellie’s publishing journey. Hear me out! The book is about Ellie writing a book (it’s like book-inception) and taking the journey to get it published. Buut, if you ask me (because I know you want to), I think her journey was way too easy.
MIME: Coming from the queen of rejections?
CAIT: Shh! The blogglings are supposed to think I’m infallible.
MIME: My bad.
CAIT: I don’t want to spoil the plot, so I won’t go into details, but I think the “journey to publication” was portrayed as a lot of fricasseed frog and eel pile. I mean, getting published can be easy for some and hard for others — but the point was, we (the readers) got to read snippets of Ellie’s book. It honestly wasn’t that good.
MIME: Oh, burn! Actually, I disagree with you there. Not on the “snippets of Ellie’s book weren’t that good.” I mean, I wouldn’t pick up Ellie’s book, because it had a sort of modern-Tolkien feel that didn’t float my boat. But as for the publishing journey being too easy, I didn’t think so.
CAIT: Be quiet while the adults are speaking.
MIME: Huh? What did you say?
CAIT: Ha. Ha. No.
MIME: Anyway. This is getting rather long, so let’s wrap up. Here we go: Ellie’s voice is amazing, the humour is hilarious. The concept is fun, the characters are great. It had it’s faults, but it was still brilliant. Five stars.
CAIT: Four stars.
MIME: Five stars.