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Lily B On the Brink of Cool Paperback – 4 Mar 2004
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Ok, yes, the main character may be self-centered, but that is one of the reasons that made me laugh so hard! Most books that other people find funny, I usually don't. I'll read the whole thing and usually don't crack a smile. But, this is a book that made me laugh so hard, out loud, in our car on a 15-hour drive. Needless to say, everyone thought I had gone off the deep end. I was laughing so hard that tears came to my eyes. This is a truly creative book, that really cracks into a 13-year-old girl's brain who is aspiring to be cool. I love to read this book again and again. And again, especially when I'm having a bad day.
Is Lily going to get her friend back or is she going to lose her best friend forever?
My recommendation is that anyone who likes to read about friendship should read this book. Also my recommendation is to girls because it's about a girl and i don't think that a boy would like to read this book.
Her best friend Charlotte leaves to attend Young Executive Camp. Lily's parents drag her off on Family Outings to tour accordion manufacturers, learn how to spin yarn, make cornhusk dolls, and other adolescent tortures. Well, let's face it: Lily's parents are uninteresting. Her father drives the speed limit in the fast lane. Her mother cares so much that people won't find them untidy that she makes their beds while staying at motels.
Excitement skyrockets into her boring existence when Lily meets the glamorous LeBlanc family. Karma and her parents, Charles and Veronique, are Cool People. They're beautiful, dress amazingly, and care about the important things in life, such as the environment and vegetarianism. Lily herself must be on the brink of cool to be hanging out with these hip folks. But why have Lily's parents forbidden her to spend time with the LeBlancs? When Lily stakes all for her fabulous friendship, her life becomes a nightmare.
The story, told in rapid-fire diary entries, grabs the reader. I sat down to read a few pages and, gripped by the mystery of Lily's new buddies, finished the book in one enjoyable sitting. It's hard to imagine a more endearing character than Lily, who grows and changes throughout the story in a most satisfying manner. Elizabeth Cody Kimmel expresses essential themes --- the importance of family and the meaninglessness of appearances --- skillfully and joyfully. This is the stuff of which rabid fans are made. Oh, how I am hoping for a sequel!
--- Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon (...)
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