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.
Stephanie Morrill has a special talent of turning something that could be normal, and unleashing the hidden potential of a great story. I grew up as a teen writer, and I knew many teen writers. The idea definitely wasn’t foreign to me … but she tells the story of Ellie Sweet, a girl who doesn’t know whether to try to fit in or to be herself.
Ellie Sweet takes her life and twists it into fiction in her secret novel—but soon enough her secret becomes too big to keep and her family, friends, and even worse her fellow students—those same ones she writing about!—find out.
I relate to Ellie so much. I understood where she was coming from in her writing, in being a loner, and in her insecurities. Even if you aren’t a writer though, you can still care about her struggles to make and keep friends, and to discover if what she thought she wanted was what she actually wanted all along.
This lovely read is a story of discovering who you can be in your life, and maybe only beginning to scratch that surface.
I’ve read this book several times and I am sure I will several more times in the future. The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet is definitely a sweet, charming read that I would highly recommend. I would give this book five out of five stars.
About the Author: Stephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and two kids. Her only talents are reading, writing, and drinking coffee, so career options were somewhat limited. Fortunately she discovered a passion for young adult novels and has been writing them ever since. Stephanie is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series and The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, www.GoTeenWriters.com.
Naomi Downing – Column: Book Reviews
Naomi Downing is a music obsessed bookworm with a passion for writing. When not doing anything book related, you can find her experimenting with crocheting, or drawing calligraphy. She is a Book Promotions Intern at Birch House Press, writes monthly columns at www.homeschoolingteen.com, and blogs somewhat sporadically at www.naomiandbooks.wordpress.com.