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Confessions of a Blabbermouth (Minx)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
I'll admit that most of my love for this comic directly correlates with how wonderful the artwork is. It's absolutely adorable and really suits the characters. The story? Well, it's cute but I'll admit that occasionally I raised an eyebrow or two.

The basic theme here is friendship, which I'll admit I liked. I truly did like the interactions between Chloe and Tash. They work well together and I really rooted for them to be able to end the book as friends or even sisters. What I didn't like was how Chloe's father was portrayed. I know that he was intended to be an unlikable character, but his personality is so over the top that it's actually pretty unbelievable and I think the book's reveals would have been better served if the author had tried to make his personality more realistic or at least played up his reasons a little more. The same goes for the bully (whose name I can't remember). It's things like this that just made the ending sort of fizzle when it should have popped.

Overall though, this is a rather cute read and one I'd recommend, but as a library read first. It's something that I'm glad I read, but I have to admit that I'm glad I read it at the library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
Despite the dodgy title and the even dodgier front cover (a laptop is featured with emoticons coming out of the screen in speech bubbles...urgh) underneath the painfully trying-to-be-cool-and-becomes-desperately-uncool exterior is a fantastic book. And I never thought I would say that this little comic is fantastic. But it really is. The dialogue is incredibly fast-paced and teeming with clever word play and gutsy gusto that I just wasn't expecting. The story is engaging and, personally, I loved Tash and Ben's relationship even though it wasn't featured very much. Tash herself is a hyperbole of a teenager with attitude, and by portraying her as so over the top it actually makes her extremely lovable. Teenagers do not act like this or have lives like this...and the authors don't pretend they do which makes a change from most other YA fiction you read written by men in their forties pretending they're still cool.
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Format: Paperback
Tasha's mom does not have the best taste in men. Not only does Tasha know this, but all of her blog followers do to. There's also this tough girl at school who wants to kill Tash know that she has been picked for yearbook. And her mom's new beau has a daughter who's a little weird. Tasha's just trying to not be beaten up at school and live a normal life but when she overhears a moment between her mom's boyfriend and his daughter. Tasha knows she has to find out more and help Tasha if she can.

Tasha is a little bit obnoxious, but not really too bad. I like the British-ness of the book, YAY England! ;) I was getting a little nervous about what could possibly be going on between father and daughter, and it turned out to be plenty weird. It was neat reading about a blogger, not that she blogs the same way but it was still fun. This story was a lot of fun and a lot of drama. It was totally worth the read and you should make sure you check this and all the other MINX books out soon. Happy Reading!

First Line:
"Tasha, are you out of your mind?"

Favorite Lines:
"They say a week can be a long time in politics. But some family holidays have been clocked with a time slippage of one to one thousand: that means each week feels like twenty year."
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on September 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
It was very humorous to find out that a story about a father ghostwriting for his daughter was written by a father and daughter team. This is not my favorite story in the MINX line, but it was a good read with strong female characters that learn to bond together. There are hints at abuse, bullying at school, issues of blended families. There are a lot of good topics covered in this book.

Tasha is headed for a breakdown. Her mother's new boyfriend is a writer who is spurring his daughter on to follow the family vocation. He is overbearing, obnoxious and pigheaded. His daughter starts attending Tasha's school and things get even worse. Then for the holidays they have to take a trip together to America; Tasha is about to lose it.

I loved Mike's first graphic novel in this series, and it provoked my tracking down the others. I was a little disappointed in this one, compared to the series as a whole, and especially compared to Re-Gifters. There are some good themes and topics but as a whole it just did not resonate with me the way some of the others have.
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on September 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
Tash is pushed over the edge when her mother starts dating Jed Hazell and she meets his daughter, Chloe. Chloe transfers to Tash's school and Tash tries to be welcoming at first to Chloe without much success. Unfortunately for Tash, Chloe joins the yearbook club and this is too much for Tash to handle. Armed with her blog, Blabbermouth, Tash can unleash a war of words toward anyone who annoys her.

I enjoyed reading this book. The dialogue is funny and realistic. You can relate to Tash's and Chloe's dilemmas in both the dialogue and illustrations. The illustrations are powerful and show the emotions a young person can feel.
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Format: Paperback
This fun graphic novel follows Tasha, an aspiring journalist who writes for the school yearbook and has a popular blog. When her mother brings home her new boyfriend, Tasha is not thrilled and she is even less thrilled when she finds out that he has a daughter the same age. At first, Tasha trys to be nice to Chloe, but it backfires and things get worse when Chloe gets a job on the yearbook.

The illustrations are fun and frenzied and the story is realistic and humorous. Recommended for teens 12 and up.
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