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Tune in Anytime Turtleback – Jun 2001

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  • Turtleback
  • Publisher: Demco Media (Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060621495X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606214957
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was alright. It kind of seemed to unrealistic and everybody hated each other. Too many things were happening so it got confusing. It was not as good as soom of her other books
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Another great book from CBC. 1 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was laughing before I finished the first page. Sophie's reactions to the shambles her life becomes are just hilarious. I wanted to do pretty much the same thing when my parents got divorced. Ms. Cooney is a very talented author.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Soap Opera Book 22 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We all enjoy watching soap operas on television, but have you ever imagined READING a soap opera? Well, if you haven't and you like soap operas, then you will LOVE Tune in Anytime. It is a soap opera in words. The story takes place in modern times with a mixed up family. Sophie Olivette is sixteen years old and lives in a mansion with her mother, Edith; father, Daniel; and soon-to-be step-mother, Persia. Her sister, Marley, is off in college. Persia was going to college with Marley, but when Marley brought Persia home, love was in the air between her and Daniel. Edith, meanwhile, is out in the boon docks trying to find her "inner-self". She doesn't care what happens to her. All she cares about is her solstice party for her rock garden that will help her be more at ease with her inner-self. She wants peace and is letting Daniel run their marriage and divorce. Sophie is amidst all of this suspense, romance, evil schemes, innocent victims and at the same time, has some true love waiting for her. She has to be calm for her sister, angry with her father, forceful with her mother, ignorant with Persia, and kind to her friends. I strongly suggest this book for teenagers. Even if soap operas aren't your type, you will still probably enjoy this book which has a little bit of everything. Enjoy!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Awsome! 19 Mar. 2000
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have literally read every book Caroline B. Cooney has written and for some reason I put off reading this book. I am not the soap opera type and thought there was no way I would like the book. Boy was I wrong! I finally decided to read it and fell in love with this book! It is really an amazing story. The emotion throughout the whole story is so intense you feel like your in the book! The characters give off a quality that you are still laughing and thinking about weeks later. I found myself taking quotes from the book and using them in conversations. I told every one of my friends to read it and loaned it to everyone I know. This is a really great book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I love this book! 28 Jan. 2008
By Judy K. Polhemus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a purely delightful read this book is! "Tune In Anytime" is set up like a soap opera with each new episode a continuation of the lives of the Olivette and Larkman families. A family drama, the book is quite the deviation for Caroline B. Cooney, a suspense genre writer.

Poor Sophie Olivette is the still point amidst the self-centered members of her family: Daniel, 49, who plans to divorce his mate, then remarry a young model; Edith, the old wife, a long-time self-seeker; Marley, older daughter, feisty college student; and Sophie, a sensible high school student longing for her family to remain intact.

At the beginning of each chapter an italicized script introduces a typical soap opera plot, then adapts it to the Olivette family. The chapter follows the thread but in most unusual ways. First, the writing is pure magic. I will reread this book just to recapture the lovely enchantment of Cooney's words. Second, the characters never react to events in expected ways. There is an aura of mystery and other worldliness to them. Could it be caused by the stone circle on the Larkman property, where Edith plans a solstice party to precede the New Year's Eve wedding of her soon-to-be ex-husband. There's a bulldozer involved.

One of the best parts of the book is the slowly evolving romance between Sophie Olivette and Ted Larkman, high school student and third-generation gravel pit operator. His parents are doubly involved: in the plot and in the magic. Sound confusing? The novel is open-ended, but how the relationship turns out is as obvious as fairy dust.

Think of the best of Woody Allen, then you have a sense of the strange evolving in this modern day fairy tale. Very highly recommended!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It was okay, I didn't like it that much because... 16 Aug. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Tune In Anytime was an okay book. Personally, I didn't like it becuase it was very boring.All this girl talked about was her life, and how horrible it was. I do though think Mrs. Caroline B. Cooney is a talented writer, but I found this book not as enjoyable as some of her other titles. I didn't find the way the girl decribed her life as being horrible, it doesn't appeal as a book that would lift my or any teens spirits if they are going through what she did. I gave it three stars for her effort af trying to understand what it is like for us teens, but it wasn't the same. So please think about what I am writing before you spend $ on this title. You may like some other titles though from Mrs. Cooney, like, Flight #116 is Down! or Emergency!
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