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The Center of the Universe: Yep, That Would Be Me Paperback – July 1, 2008

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Grade 10 Up—Journal entries, poems, and drawings chronicle the life of a smart, sarcastic teen as she moves through her junior and senior years in high school. The author based the book on her own teenage writings, and Anita's voice rings true even as the narrator mocks herself for falling into a host of teen clichés (she writes angst-filled poems, frequently says she hates her parents, and so on). Anita's air of urban sophistication—she lives in Manhattan and goes to private school—gives way to vulnerability when she gets dumped by the boys she dates or worries about taking the SATs. Her romantic traumas make up the bulk of the plot, beginning with the series of French exchange students with whom she hooks up. She falls hard for several boys who don't return her affection, causing her to write bitter yet funny poetry to express her hurt. In other relationships, she is the one who does the dumping. In addition to chronicling the joy, confusion, and pain of dating, Anita also navigates her relationships with her parents, younger sister, and friends. She details the agonies of college applications and the bittersweet emotions that come with high school graduation. An intelligent, entertaining read.—Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library
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"An undeniably authentic and original tale of adolescence." -- Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Original edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416957898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416957898
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,881,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am Anita Liberty. I am the author of THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE (YEP, THAT WOULD BE ME), HOW TO HEAL THE HURT BY HATING and HOW TO STAY BITTER THROUGH THE HAPPIEST TIMES OF YOUR LIFE. They are good books. They are funny. I'm a good writer. I am funny. (I'm working on my personal affirmations.) Oh and ALSO... I am Suzanne Weber and I wrote a book using that name called TO WHAT MISERABLE WRETCHES HAVE I BEEN BORN? Revenge Poetry for Babies and Toddlers. It's good and funny, too. I'm committed to practicing self-love in 2014.

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Anita Liberty is not the happiest teenager you'll ever meet. In fact, she can be downright morose. But she does it in a way that is so hysterically funny you can't help but love her.

Among the people who contribute to Anita's misery are her twelve-year-old sister, who is already in a committed relationship; her friends who vary in their degree of "friendliness" from week to week; the boys who are, well, boys; and her parents, who don't seem to know anything about her or understand her in the least.

Now she also has to deal with the pressure of SAT's, college applications, boys (of course), oh, and the Wiccan curse that has been placed on her by one of her "friends."

So how does a girl deal with the pressure and disappointment of her everyday life? Well, in the words of Anita Liberty, "I can't fix the world. I can only sit back and criticize it." And she does. Through journal entries, poems, charts, and SAT words (yeah, I know, but it makes sense as you read it), Anita details the misery she suffers through from the ages of sixteen to eighteen.

THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE (YEP, THAT WOULD BE ME) is the hysterically funny story of a girl whose view of the world is a little skewed but completely accurate. You may find yourself reading it over and over and laughing every time.

Reviewed by: JodiG.
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By Carolina on October 24, 2008
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Welcome to the story of my life. Well, at least the story of my junior and senior years of high school. It's a profound, touching, and hilarious (if I do say so myself) tale told through cunning poems, revelatory diary entries, perspicacious (look it up) word definitions, shrewd bits of advice, and off-the-cuff (but brilliant) insights.

You'll probably relate to a lot of it. Especially the parts about hating my parents, never feeling cool enough, failing my first attempt at the SATs, having an incredibly romantic (but one-sided) relationship with the coolest guy in school, and getting hexed by my ex-best friend who became a Wiccan.

And if you can't relate? Well, step to the back of that humongous line. You'll probably be right behind my family. If you're lucky, my mom'll bring snacks.

The Center of the Universe(Yep, that would be Me) was a hilarious read. It has you cracking up on (almost) every page. The various poems, charts, SAT sentences, and diary entries made this book more enjoyable. Anita was a normal teenager who experienced angst, first love, and had many parental problems. It was a fast read, believable,and full or humor and angst. Definitely recommended.
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Anita Liberty is a teenager. And it sucks. She's subjected to her parents' craziness and other cruelties that the world saves especially for teenagers. Throughout her junior and senior years of high school Anita is put on a platform, given drama lessons, dumped by a French boy, dumps an egomaniac, and has a curse cast upon her, among other painful, embarrassing, and sometimes joyful things. Ah, the life of a teenager...

Told completely in hilarious, heartrending, and very candid poems, diary entries, and lists, The Center of the Universe (Yep, That Would Be Me) is a wonderfully fun and quirky cross between The Princess Diaries and The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. Anita Liberty is you, your best friend, that girl who sits next to you in English. Amazingly perceptive and full of wry humor, fun times, awful times, and many, many cute guys, this is one cool and edgy book that reaches out to teens and sends a message that is loud and clear: YOU'RE NOT ALONE!
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