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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416997172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416997177
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,986,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sheinmel persuasively and sensitively conveys Carly's conflicting emotions and her attempts to make sense of what's been thrust upon her. "--Publishers Weekly

"The compelling subject and likable characters will please drama-loving fans."--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Courtney Sheinmel is the author of All the Things You Are, Sincerely, Positively, and My So-Called Family. She graduated with honors from Barnard College, part of Columbia University, and attended Fordham University School of Law. Courtney lives, works, and writes in New York City. Visit her at www.courtneysheinmel.com.

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Courtney Sheinmel grew up in California and New York. She is a graduate of Barnard College (part of Columbia University) and Fordham School of Law. You can visit her online at: http://www.courtneysheinmel.com/

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on June 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
After Courtney Sheinmel's Positively, Courtney and her books officially landed on my book radar, because she has such a knack for writing memorable and poignant middle-grade fiction. Thankfully, her newest release, All the Things You Are, did not disappoint.

In Carly Wheeler's life, everything is nearly perfect. She has a best friend named Annie whose funny and one of a kind. She attends a diverse private school filled with lots of interesting and nice people. Best of all, her mom works on Lovelock Falls, one of the top soap operas, and because of it Carly and her friends are constantly meeting celebrities and wearing fancy clothes. However, everything changes when her mother is accused of embezzlement. Suddenly, everything is different. She's dodging questions, her mom, who has always been there for Carly, seems to be drawing back into her own cocoon, and her best friend has betrayed her in the worst way possible. Worst of all, Carly still does not know what exactly happened with her mom...Did she really commit embezzlement? Will she go to jail? Will Carly ever be able to forgive her for turning everything upside down? Only time and more pages can tell in this one of a kind contemporary read.

One of the things I always love about Courtney's books is that she always introduces likable and charismatic characters, Carly being one of them of course. Carly and her story managed to take a hold of my heart from the very first pages, because not only did I relate to Carly in some basic ways, as will any tween or teen girl, but also her story is one that is so innocent yet heartbreaking. I especially loved reading about the relationship between Carly and her mother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heidi G on December 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Thanks to Puget Sound Council for a copy of this book for review. Carly seems to have a great life--her mom is a wardrobe stylist for a hit TV soap opera and because her of bff's popularity on campus, Carly is also part of the inner circle of cool kids. Her dad was killed long ago and she genuinely loves her stepdad, who she calls "Faux Pa." When her mom is arrested and her friends turn away from her, Carly is forced to look at what is important in her life. Is it important to eat lunch at a certain table at school? Will her stepdad divorce her mom? Who will take care of Carly?

THe protagonist has emotions true to any teenager. She is genuinely a nice person, not a sticky-sweet girl but one who can stand on her own two feet but prefers to do so in the company of good friends and family. Teen girls will enjoy this realistic look at how the choices people make affect not just themselves.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I loved all the concepts and different ideas that were tackled and succesfully performed throughout this novel. Everyone should read it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on June 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book a lot. It's the story of Carly, a girl who lives a fairly privileged life. She goes to a very nice private school, and she gets a lot of perks from her mother's job as a stylist on a soap opera. Sounds like a pretty nice life, right? It is until one day Carly's mom get arrested for embezzling from the soap opera. Suddenly Carly's life is turned completely upside down.

One of the main themes in this book is forgiveness. Carly is angry at her mom for making her lose friends and her regular life. She's also upset at those people she thought were friends that abandoned her. Slowly through the book, she comes to terms with things. She also learns that she will have to forgive some things. Carly also learns about acceptance. She learns to accept not only her life, but she also learns to accept those people who are trying to be true friends through it all.

I felt the author did a fabulous job of getting into the mindset of the 12-13 year girls. They vacillate realistically between being kids and being young adults. The ending isn't wrapped up into a neat little bow, but it instead allows you to draw your own conclusions. I liked that, because it follows real life. Things aren't always easily concluded. I felt that Carly's growth was at a reasonable pace. This was a good book, and I sure it will be enjoyed by more than just the intended age range.

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