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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781416974321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416974321
  • ASIN: 1416974326
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 7–10—Emma Proctor is the only person in her small town with big dreams of leaving. Even worse, she slipped up and kissed her best friend's boyfriend, who was also her good friend. And when members of the popular clique begin fabricating stories of drug poisonings and place the blame on the school outcasts, Emma is one of the few people with proof that they are lying. Now she must make some tough decisions: Will she risk her track scholarship and ticket out of town to do the right thing? And will her friendships survive this drama? Cook keeps this book fresh with her smart and sassy protagonist. While some of the plotlines are predictable, Emma's moral struggles and subsequent questioning of her born-again faith are touching and sincere. Fans of chick lit will appreciate this book.—Jessie Spalding, Tempe Public Library, AZ
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"What Would Emma Do? is a smart, witty, and genuinely real take on one girl's struggle to discern what she believes and take on the humongous decisions in her life. From the get-go, Emma's upbeat and self-deprecating attitude ensnares and entertains readers, making it easy for them to relate to her, even if they don't all come from small towns." --The Compulsive Reader

“Sassy and sly and sweet all at the same time, this book made me laugh out loud.” --Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries and Airhead


“Not since Judy Blume’s Margaret introduced herself to God has there been such a funny, genuine, conflicted, wanna-be-sorta-good-maybe-later girl as Emma. Cook’s tone as she takes on the big ones—life, love, faith, and friendship—is pitch perfect.” --Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Midnight Twins and The Deep End of the Ocean

"Smart and fun and full of heart." --Sarah Mlynowski, author of Bras & Broomsticks and How to Be Bad

"Cook keeps this book fresh with her smart and sassy protagonist....Emma’s moral struggles and subsequent questioning of her born-again faith are touching and sincere. Fans of chick lit will appreciate this book." --SLJ

More About the Author

Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in six different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

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This is a laugh out loud funny book.
Mary Joan Lyons
It has a great lesson about what is important, that being a person with a lot of integrity is more important than many other things in life.
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I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, easy read - regardless of one's age.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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Emma Proctor is one of my favorite YA characters I've encountered in a while. She's independent and willing to speak up, seemingly after a lifetime of going along with the (boring) crowd. She writes letters to Jesus asking about how she should handle certain situations, namely, having gone from having a few close friends to being regarded by even her best friend as a freak. For most of this book, I admired Emma's commitment to what she wants (to get out of Wheaton, Indiana), though Cook lets us see that some of Emma's eagerness may be misguided (she will have to figure that out ultimately for herself).

Emma's the kind of girl who's only applied to one school, so convinced is she she'll go there. She's sassy and opinionated and is willing to take some risks, like befriending Todd, the only Jew most people in her town have ever seen, and openly defying the school's head queen bee/mean girl, to stay true to herself, even going so far as to alienate the people closes to her.

Emma's faith is something that is central to the premise of this book, though it's not ever fully tackled. Is she a believer? It's hard to tell, but she certainly makes her stance clear when facing the hypocrisy of her local church, in a reality TV spectacle that's not all that unlikely. As Emma struggles with how much to reveal about what she knows regarding the popular girls' drugtaking and fainting spells, she quickly finds she has very few people to turn to. Her new crush, her mom, and certainly, the man upstairs she keeps writing to, seem to be letting her down.

This was a fun book with a heroine who's a witty non-conformist, who is constantly searching for answers, and only sometimes getting them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Page Turner on May 8, 2011
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It isn't often I enjoy a book as much as I enjoyed this one. High School senior, Emma, is smart, focused on her future and has more problems than she can count. Throughout the book she talks to God, asking some excellent questions of Him and even those talks are laced with her wonderful, witty sense of humor.

I'm not sure if this book is a book for young adults or for an older audience but it certainly worked for this over-the-hill teenager. It was a pleasure to follow Emma as she struggled with the consequences of doing the right thing even when just about everybody turned against her--a great story for both younger and older readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill on January 21, 2009
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It began when Emma kissed her friend Colin right in front of Santa at the Fort Wayne Mall. Since Colin was Joann's boyfriend and Joann was Emma's bff the kiss violated Girlfriend Rule #1. Senior year at Trinity Evangelical Secondary in very small town Wheaton becomes a difficult journey of self discovery for Emma. Cook's insights into Senior Year life, love, faith and friendship will be familiar to anyone who has ever experienced 'Senioritis'. Emma prays for a miracle cure. She learns that instead or trying to please and pacify those around her she must figure out what she wants for herself and how to feel good about herself as she tries to fulfill those wants.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 13, 2012
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I was introduced to Eileen Cook through her book 'Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood'. I did prefer that book to this one, however, this was still very entertaining and well written. I like Cook's voice, as she manages to make her teenage characters likeable and sarcastic without being unrealistic for someone their age. I would definitely read more of her books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy Dearborn Nill on February 2, 2011
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Simple Twists of Faith

A smart, sassy book with a main character who doesn't hesitate to call it like she sees it. The clever use of WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) to get to what's more important for the character and the reader (What Would Emma Do) works really well. Emma must come to terms with small-minded hypocrisy, a forbidden kiss (her BFF's bf) and what she knows about a volatile situation. Her questions of God and of herself reflect the concerns of most well-intentioned people, teen or otherwise. An enjoyable read which both educates and entertains.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 7, 2009
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Emma has a bit of a problem. Her best friend isn't speaking to her. In fact, neither of them are and both for the same reason. See, one of her best friends is JoAnn and the other is Collin. Collin and JoAnn are dating and Emma and Collin might have shared a small kiss at Christmastime. That kiss also might have been in front of JoAnn's mother.

So, as you can see Emma has is in a bit of a dilemma. To make matters worse, she isn't sure how she feels about Collin and he seems to be showing signs of taking their relationship further, no matter what JoAnn feels.

Also, there is another guy who seems to be showing feelings for Emma and the popular girls at the school are suddenly becoming very sick. The town seems to think that it is a terrorist conspiracy and the new boy might somehow be involved.

Will Emma be able to solve the mystery of what is happening to the popular girls without ruining her chances at love and a track scholarship?

I have to say that I just couldn't get into this book. It started out at a good pace but after that things got slow. Also, the romance of the book never seem to take off. It seemed to get started and then just stop. It wasn't resolved at the end and that is one of the worst things to do, in my opinion.

The characters in this story also seemed to be underdeveloped. Emma was a good character but you are kind of left guessing about her relationships with the other characters. Also, some of them just really pissed me off. =]

The story was good and the book was cute, I just felt it could have been so much better. The end just really left me unsatisfied and maybe if there is a sequel I would be happier with this story. I would still recommend it for a cute summer read but if you are looking for something with substance, this isn't it.
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