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The Year My Parents Ruined My Life Paperback – August 10, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: A Yearling Book-Bantam Doubleday Dell; 2nd edition (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440415330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440415336
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,372,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Away from her native California, 12-year-old Kate Sommers comes up against some unnerving twists of fate. "The author plants enough surprises to keep readers alert and satisfied," said PW. Ages 9-12. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-7. Sixth-grader Kate Sommers is convinced that moving from Isla Nada, CA, to Belletoona, PA, is ruining her life. From the moment the family arrives at their new home, the weather turns cold and snowy. At school Kate encounters Tiffany and her friends, who sneak cigarettes in the girls' room and go out of their way to taunt her. Lonely and unhappy, Kate writes to her best friend about returning to California to live with Molly's family. After Kate is unfairly accused by the principal of smoking, she takes her baby-sitting money and runs away to California, believing that Molly's parents have said she could stay with them. Her trip reveals the shallowness of Molly's friendship, and Kate discovers that what matters is her family and not her former way of life. The author captures the dilemma faced by young people when they must leave behind people and places they know and love. The main character is likable and her interactions with the people around her keep the story moving. Her father's enthusiasm about returning to his boyhood home provides a sometimes amusing contrast to the frustration felt by the rest of the family. Kate's letters to Molly, filled with reactions and thoughts about her "exile," are especially effective and help to create a well-told story.?Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

This was a dull, boring read.
maddhijumpr626
I mean her parents really did ruin her life.
Jacqueline Lockhart
It's definetly my favorite book!!
An 11-year old reader

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Year My Parents ruined My Life is the best book ever. It is about a girl named Kate Summers who lives in sunny California. Her life is perfect with a boyfriend that cared about her and a best friend. Thenshe hears that she is going to move to Belletoona, Pennsylvania. When she moves her life is horrible! She finally had enough and escapes from Pennsylvania she finds out things has changed back in California,too. When she goes back to Belletoona she realizes it is not half bad. She evev finds out she has a secret I really liked this book because it is about a teenager's life and how you can make things that you think are terrible actually turn out pretty well! I think you should definitely buy this book if you like adventures and happy endings. I hope you read this book and see how good it really is!:)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is really good. It's about a girl who moves to Bellatoona, PA from Isla Nada, CA. She tries to convince her parents that they shouldn't move by having tantrums, but that doesn't work, of course. Her little sister always tries to be miss perfect and annoys Kate (the main character).
Kate doesn't want to leave her best friend so she runs away. When she finds out that her cool surfer boyfriend is dating her bestfriend, she gets really mad.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a sense of humor, especially if you are moving or have recently moved your family from one state to another. I moved from CA to MA (kind of like Kate) and found this book to be really funny because it kind of described some of the emotions I went through.
But I made it just fine (like Kate does) in the end.
Best of reading to ya!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tierra Francis on April 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book has many creative and detailed events in it.
I fill that I could relate to Kate in her situation.
Leaving your friends is a really hard thing to do, and it's no fun. Kate expressed her feelings of having to leave her friends, best friend and boyfriend.
She explained the changes she had to ajust to and the new people.
She expressed how her b/f betray her.
She compared the to places together .
The home she once had and the home she now has .
I really enjoyed reading The Year My Parents Ruend My Life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By clifford on September 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Kate Summers parents just ruined her life.Her parents ruined it by making her move from Southern California to Belletoona Pennsylvaina.She doesn't like it at all mainly because it is already snowing there.And a trip back home will make her feel better.So she thinks of operation defrost so she can return home.So far she gets in a lot of trouble and she has a very mean principal.All an all it is a awsome book.So I gave it five stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Lockhart on April 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was very good. It told about what could've really happend in Kate Summers life. I'm sure that this is what it feels like to move from paradise to lonleyville. I mean her parents really did ruin her life. I think that Kate did exactly what I would've done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
This story was cute and fun to read. It lets the reader learn about a problem many children today face; moving. Believe it or not, it is not as predictible as one may think! All in all, it is great book for children of all ages!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charity Johnson on September 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
"The Year My Parents Ruined My Life" is about a Californian girl who moves away from beaches, friends, and a gorgeous boyfriend to snow, snow, and more snow in Belle Tuna, Pennsylvania. Kate Summers is fed up with snobby kids , a mean principal, and snow and plots to move back home without her parents and expects everything to be the same. Unfortunately, Kate finds a few things have changed while she's been gone. A good book that demonstrates "Home is where the heart is."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed the book The Year My Parents Ruined My Life. This book is funny and interesting. Kate, the main character,moves from Califorinia to Pennsylvania. The book is about her struggle to get back to California. The book was very exciting and enjoyable. On a scale from 1-10 I would give this book a 9.5.
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