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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: MTV Books; Original edition (April 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416520406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416520405
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jenny O'Connell is the national bestselling author of Plan B. She lives outside Boston. Visit her website at www.jennyoconnell.com.

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Despite this, it is a VERY good book.
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Jenny O'Connell is a great auther and I look forward to reading more of her books!
Avis Stowe
So... now Emily is back in private school in Boston.
Taylor !

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on March 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Readers of Jenny O'Connell's first book for teens, Plan B, will have high expectations for THE BOOK OF LUKE--and they won't be disappointed!

When nice girl Emily Abbot's family moves from Chicago back to Boston in the middle of her senior year, Emily and her two best friends come up with a plan that is not so nice. It's a project for their class time capsule, but it won't be the typical scrapbook or mix CD. They'll write a handbook for guys about girls. And who better to test out their theories on than arrogant Luke Preston? Emily, the three friends decide, will be the perfect person to try it out and report back. After all, Luke would never suspect the nice little Emily he knew way back when...But Emily's not what she used to be.

Before she knows it, however, the experiment has gone horribly wrong. Wrong in that Emily finds herself falling head over heels for her experiment!

THE BOOK OF LUKE is a funny, original story guaranteed to have readers fascinated from first page to last! This fresh, honest novel is full of amazing characters and excellent writing. Jenny O'Connell is a smart, talented author; I'm really looking forward to seeing what she writes next! This is contemporary fiction at its best; readers will not be disappointed.

Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Taylor ! on March 27, 2008
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So... I picked up this book and i didn't know what to think. I was bored one day and decided to read it... this is what i found. In this novel, the story takes you to Chicago to meet the oh-so-nice and always mannerful, Emily Abbott. Emily is class Valedictorian, a Senior in High Scool, has a football player boyfriend, and to top off her oh-so-perfect life... she is just plane nice.
Emily's family informs her that they are moving back to Boston where they origanly moved from. Emily's dad, however, has decided to stay to "think about some things". If this isn't bad enough, Emily's all-star boyfriend broke up with her THE DAY SHE WAS MOVING! So... now Emily is back in private school in Boston. Everything is the same. Her friends haven't changed and everyone still loves the lovable Emily Abbott. When asked about the past three years since she was gone, her friends (Josie and Lucy) tell her not much happened. Not much excpet that Josie's ex-boyfriend was caught cheating on her over christmas-break and broke up with her through email!
The Senior project is due for the traditional senior-time-capsul-project. The girls decide to make a book for boys in the future telling them what they are doing wrong and how to fix it to get a girl. The girls (mainly Lucy and Josie that is) decide that they need to test their theory. They force Emily into making Luke Preston, the hottest guy in school who also happens to be the one who broke it off with Josie, fall in love with her and then breaking his sorry little heart. Too bad Emily ends up falling for her "experiement" instead of wanting to crush him. It also happens that Luke kind of always had a thing for her too.
Emily has to keep the relationship a secret and the whole story takes you along with her little web of lies.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
Emily Abbott is a senior in high school who has her future all planned out; until her mom and dad tell her that they are moving to their hometown of Boston. She planned on spending the year with her boyfriend Sean in Chicago, graduating valedictorian and getting early admission to Brown University. Now that they are moving what will she do? She loses hope of being valedictorian and her biggest problem, she loses Sean. The morning of moving day she invites him over for one last goodbye but instead she gets her heart broken. Because of this she starts hating all guys.
Emily attends school at Heywood Academy which is where she went before the move to Chicago. She rekindles with Josie and Lucy (her best friends at Heywood). When they start talking, Emily realizes that she missed a lot of stuff. Like the fact that Josie went out with Luke Preston (the cutest guy in school) and was dumped through an e-mail. Since both of them don't like the way guys treat girls they decide to make a how-to guide for them. They name it the book of Luke because they use Emily to get close to him and use her as a tool to make observations. When she starts falling for him she has to choose. Her friends? Or Luke?

I think Jenny O'Connell is a great author because her writing style kept me wanting to read. The pacing was good because it wasn't to slow or fast but good enough to comprehend what's going.I would mostly recommend this book to girls in 8th grade or above because of some situations and content.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Little D on April 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was a huge fan of Jenny O'Connell's first teen book, Plan B, and wanted a sequel so badly. I'm glad she wrote one!

Fans of Plan B wont want to pass up reading The Book of Luke. It's every bit as good and maybe a little better. I really loved how the story was written and could really relate to Emily and her feelings toward guys. I think anyone has felt the same way at one point and can get something from reading this book like I have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Parra on September 19, 2007
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Are you a nice girl? And sometimes wonder why the heck you're being so nice when everyone else doesn't appreciate it or even return the favor?

This is how Emily Abbott feels in Jenny O'Connell's The Book of Luke. O'Connell captures readers with her memorable characters, unique high school drama, and a love story to make you melt.

Definitely pick up The Book of Luke. This is one nice girl revenge story you don't want to miss!
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