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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142408514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142408513
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,450,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8-10–In My Not-So-Terrible Time at the Hippie Hotel (Viking, 2003), three girls meet during a retreat at a Cape Cod inn. While that novel focuses on Tracy, this new offering tells Kelsey's story. Following her parents' divorce, she moves from Boston to California with her mother and younger brother. After spending eighth grade as an outcast at a small private school, she convinces her parents to let her attend public high school. Tall, blond, and pretty, Kelsey hits the social jackpot when C.J. Logan, a well-known skateboarder, picks her for his girlfriend. At first, being with C.J. is fun, but Kelsey eventually realizes that the relationship is all about him and his ego. When she dumps him at the end of the school year, he retaliates by saying nasty things about her on his blog. To live down her reputation and find her real self, Kelsey joins the superachievers on the school newspaper in the fall. When she realizes that even her brother can read the venom that C.J. is spewing on the Internet, she confronts him and receives an apology and his promise to delete his lies about her. Like Hippie Hotel, this is a story of girl power as Kelsey stands up for herself and takes charge of her life. While the strong feminist message is great, there is not much new here; issues and characters are fairly stereotypical. Still, Kelsey's breezy, edgy, often-wry voice captures high school life and will appeal to fans of teen romances.–Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 7-10. Although she is tall, blonde, and pretty, Kelsey has been miserable of late. Her parents are divorced, and her mom has moved from Boston to Berkeley, taking Kelsey with her. Things look up, though, during Kelsey's freshman year, when she makes new friends and starts dating skateboarding champion C. J. Logan, the campus hunk and celebrity. Then Kelsey's world turns upside down again. Irritated with C. J.'s skateboarding obsession, she breaks up with him, and furious C. J. posts a rant on his blog, stating that he broke up with Kelsey because "the girl is a total sex fiend." Many young women will enjoy this light-handed, anti-romance and will cheer for Kelsey as she stands up for herself and learns that her worth and enjoyment of life are not tied to a boyfriend. Like its predecessor, My Not-So-Terrible Time at the Hippie Hotel (2003), this title rolls along with clever humor and clearly stated morals. Despite C. J.'s accusation, Kelsey's romantic interludes are PG-13 and perfectly appropriate for middle-school as well as high-school readers. Debbie Carton
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Team LitPick on January 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Kelsey has just been forced to move all the way from Boston to California during the worst time in her life, the beginning of 8th grade. She completes her year at a prestigious Private all-girls school and realizes that she doesn't want to deal with snotty girls anymore. She decides to go to the public school, where she instantly gets recognized by the school celebrity, skateboarder C.J. Logan. Not long after, she becomes his girlfriend and gets to experience the perks of being popular. When Kelsey realizes that C.J. isn't putting in enough effort to be a good boyfriend, she dumps him after a year. But there's only one problem, C.J. has never been dumped before. So he spreads rumors about Kelsey around school and makes her miserable. But Kelsey tries to ignore them and becomes interested in the famed school newspaper, the Bee, and puts all her effort into making it as a journalist. When the rumors still affect her life one year later, Kelsey has to do something to stand up for herself before it's too late.

I was surprised at how much I liked this book. While I feel that younger teens would enjoy this book more, it was still entertaining to read. It was refreshing to read about a character like Kelsey. The story was really interesting too, even though the concept of a high school romance is common in many young adult books these days. I'd recommend this book as a fun, easy read to take your mind off things. The ending of the story made me want to know more. I don't know if the author is planning to write a sequel, but I know that I will probably pick up any other book that she writes.
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Kelsey just can't believe that her mother would decide to up and leave Boston and take Kelsey and her brother along to Berkeley, California, just so she could follow her dreams of going to law school. Except that, for her mother, it seemed like the perfect chance after the divorce was final. Sure, Kelsey may look like a character on The O.C., but she sure doesn't feel right at home in California.

She just wished that her mother would have moved them after her middle school years and before her high school years. And Kelsey has good reason, since when she starts out as an 8th-grader at Susan B. Anthony, it's just way too hard to make friends. Especially when there are only twenty kids in her grade, that have known each other since forever, and have established their own cliques.

But then Kelsey's life begins to pick up some momentum when she starts going out with C.J. Logan, the popular skateboarder. Yet even this doesn't feel right to Kelsey, since when dating C.J., it's all about him, all the time. So Kelsey does what any normal girl would do when it just isn't working out - she breaks up with C.J. Unfortunately, this proves costly toward her reputation. And so now Kelsey has her sights on something much bigger: becoming a reporter for her school newspaper. Well, that and a different boy to crush on.

THOU SHALT NOT DUMP THE SKATER DUDE AND OTHER COMMANDMENTS I HAVE BROKEN is just full of tricks and flips that every teenager goes through. Rosemary Graham cooks up a hilarious novel that teaches us how to ignore all the drama and move on with your life by finding something else to do (getting in a little revenge along the way). Kelsey becomes a heroine to all and you just can't help but want the best for her.

Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on May 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Kelsey just can't believe that her mother would decide to up and leave Boston and take Kelsey and her brother along to Berkeley, California, just so she could follow her dreams of going to law school. Except that, for her mother, it seemed like the perfect chance after the divorce was final. Sure, Kelsey may look like a character on The O.C., but she sure doesn't feel right at home in California.

She just wished that her mother would have moved them after her middle school years and before her high school years. And Kelsey has good reason, since when she starts out as an 8th-grader at Susan B. Anthony, it's just way too hard to make friends. Especially when there are only twenty kids in her grade, that have known each other since forever, and have established their own cliques.

But then Kelsey's life begins to pick up some momentum when she starts going out with C.J. Logan, the popular skateboarder. Yet even this doesn't feel right to Kelsey, since when dating C.J., it's all about him, all the time. So Kelsey does what any normal girl would do when it just isn't working out - she breaks up with C.J. Unfortunately, this proves costly toward her reputation. And so now Kelsey has her sights on something much bigger: becoming a reporter for her school newspaper. Well, that and a different boy to crush on.

THOU SHALT NOT DUMP THE SKATER DUDE AND OTHER COMMANDMENTS I HAVE BROKEN is just full of tricks and flips that every teenager goes through. Rosemary Graham cooks up a hilarious novel that teaches us how to ignore all the drama and move on with your life by finding something else to do (getting in a little revenge along the way). Kelsey becomes a heroine to all and you just can't help but want the best for her.

Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
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