Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Release Day Review and Giveaway! This Is Me From Now On by Barbara Dee

Today we have a fun release day review and giveaway from author Barbara Dee! She writes tween fiction and This Is Me From Now On is her third book. I was excited to have the opportunity to review it and I hope you'll pick this one up for a tween in your life. (I'm not that age anymore of course and I really enjoyed it. *smile*)

About The Book:
Sometimes your life just needs a little jolt.

This is what Evie's new friend Francesca tells her, and soon enough, Evie's life has had something more like an earthquake. Francesca thinks life is dull unless you go after everything you want and say everything on your mind all the time--and sometimes that includes giving other people a little behind the scenes help to give them what she thinks they want.

Evie can't always tell if she's horrified or fascinated by everything Francesca convinces her to do, but ultimately, she comes to see friendship--and life--in a whole new light.

My Thoughts:
I thought this one was an excellent middle grade novel. (also know as tween fiction) It really caught the dramatics of 7Th grade girls and I think Barbara did an excellent job of catching the pre-teen feeling of "OMG! My world is falling apart!" As adults we sometimes think that these problems aren't important but we tend to forget what it was like at that age.
The cast of characters was excellent, as the author managed to show of so many types of personalities within this group of kids. The personal struggle that the main character, Evie, faces as she is trying to find her place in the world are very true to life.
I think tweens and teens will enjoy this one because they'll be able to relate; probably pick out friends in real life who are like the characters in this book also. As an adult, I saw so many issues of growing up included in this book. Self-esteem, being yourself while trying to fit in, and accepting the consequences of the choices you make are just a few of the things that Barbara blends seamlessly into the story.
Overall...Excellent! I hope you'll pick this up for your tween or one in your life.

Now On To The Giveaway!

One winner will receive:
My copy of Just Another Day In My Insanely Real Life (it is not brand new...I've read it but I'd love to give someone else a chance to read it! It's Barbara's first book.)
An awesome little bag with some cool goodies including bubble gum, lip Balm, and an "amber" necklace made by the author herself (you'll see in the new book how this relates...isn't it cool that it's handmade by the author!)
and a bookmark!
One winner will receive:
The same goody bag bag described above
and the bookmark!
And I'll randomly pick some winners to receive the bookmarks pictured!
So you want to enter? Here's what you have to do...
-Leave a comment or question for Barbara
-for one extra entry you can follow @BarbaraDee2 on twitter
-open to US residents only
- Ends May 1st
**review copy provided by the author
*please note that this is not real amber; only a replica


  1. This book sounds like it's going to be a really fun summer read!

    I'm following Barbara on twitter (squiggles87)


  2. Bubble gum and lip balm! Count me in!! :)
    Ms Dee, do you have a tween yourself you draw inspiration from or do you relate to when you were a tween...what's your inspiration for writing tween fiction?

    mckelly74 at gmail dot com

  3. Hi Marc,
    I have very strong memories of how I felt as a tween. So while I don't use specific details from those years, I do use remembered emotions!

    Thanks for asking!
    And I appreciate the Twitter follow too!

  4. Enter me please ^^


  5. I, for one, can still remember what it was like to be a teenager and I think adults would enjoy this as much as kids, if for no other reason then it will remind them of what it was like. Please enter me!

  6. I'd love to win this one. It sounds really cute!!

    I follow

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  7. Are the experiences in Just Another Day In My Insanely Real Life based on any tweens in Barbara's life? *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  8. Hi Cheryl,
    JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MY INSANELY REAL LIFE is also all made up. But I remember feeling certain things that Cassie does in the book--for example, that all my friends were suddenly becoming girly in a way I wasn't ready for. Twelve is such a tricky age for a lot of girls. It definitely was for me!

  9. Count me in! Sounds like a great read! thanks

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

  10. First off, I like the cover. As shallow as it may be, that can sometimes determine what I read. the plot sounds like one I will enjoy as well, though!


  11. follow Barbara on twitter- WeeShare


  12. please count me in...if it's not too late...thanks

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com