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Milda Harris is a Chicago girl who ran off to Hollywood to pursue her screenwriting dreams. She loves watching John Hughes movies and playing random sports like Dodgeball and Kickball. Between working in production on television shows like Austin & Ally, Hannah Montana, and That's So Raven and playing with her super cute dog Licorice, she writes young adult and chick lit novels.
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Product Details

  • Series: Funeral Crashing
  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468010565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468010565
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,619,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Okay!!! There are some good points and some bad points for this tale, and I'll try listing any that spring to mind to try and explain my middle-of-the-road rating!!!!

What could use working on!!!!

-the punctuation could use working on! It was pretty distracting! There were commas all over the place where no commas were needed! And there were commas where there should have been periods! On top of those, I don't think I have ever read a story before with quite! so many! exc!amation marks!!!! They were everywhere! It almost read as though the narrator was either constantly yelling or constantly surprised! When it gets to the point that I'm noticing the (sometimes) 10+ exclamation marks on each page, some serious culling is in order.

-tense. The author could do with figuring out which tense she wants to use and attempting to stick to it. At one point, I had no idea what tense this story was supposed to be written in and it took some effort to switch off my inner editor and ignore it enough to read on. When the tense is consistent, it strengthens the writing and makes everything a lot clearer for the reader to follow.

-the voice. Yes, this is a teen novel. And yes, the teen voice of the narrator was pretty effective (which I'll mention in my pluses in a mo) but there was inconsistencies there. The author had obviously gone to great lengths (sometimes overdoing it with the repetitions and waffling to the point of distraction) but then there were so few contractions that from one breath to the next the dialogue or narration went from authentic to unrealistic and wooden. No teen on earth says I am instead of I'm (or any other such familiar sayings). Half the time, they drop the opening word of a complete sentence.
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A very enjoyable read. I loved the suburban high school setting, a la John Hughes except it is in the South Chicago suburb of Palos. Plus, the main character is a lovable outcast, who slowly finds her way. Lots of great details about high school life. It makes sense that the author has been working for 5 years on the Hannah Montana show, she gets teen dialogue just right. The book became quite addicting, and by by midway I couldn't put it down. By putting the E-book on my iPhone, of course, I was reading it at every free moment, even during meetings when I should have been working! Great summer read, look forward to future books from this author.
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I just bought my first Kindle and this was my first fiction reading experience on my new eReader. What a great first eBook! I loved it. I bought this book, because it had a cool cover and I thought it sounded really interesting. Plus, it was at a GREAT PRICE!!! Even though I'm a grown-up, I still like to read Young Adult books. This book was super fun and entertaining. It gets right into the mystery and romance in an incredibly believable way. What I really dig about it is that the characters are not superficial teenagers. They're real people. I hate books that "write down" to young adults. If you love John Hughes movies, Veronica Mars, and Twilight books (for the relationship angle this book doesn't have any vampires), I think you'll like this. I really did.
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My 13 year old daughter loved this book so I'm writing a quick review. She didn't get into it right away, but by the end, she was gushing , and could hardly wait to get her hands on the next book. I was a little taken aback when she pointed out the "f' word, primarily because the description states 11 & up. I wouldn't expect that usage in a book recommended for 11 year olds. The language was sparse, however, and did not detract from her enjoyment of the story. It is very hard to find YA literature that doesn't deal with paranormal or zombies, so this was refreshing. Definitely a mystery that grabbed her attention!
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I liked the mystery and the story about kait. Kait attending funerals because this was a comfort to her since she was still grieving for her mom, who had died within the past year. it made her remember her mom and she enjoyed the stories she heard about her mom at her mom's funeral. The book was something different than the normal boy meets girl romances out there. I think this could have been an extremly good book, but I didn't like the F word that was in the book and in most cases, I won't read on when I come across this word. It is not something I would recommend to my friends because of this word. I understand that many people speak like this, but I know many that do not and will not read books with this typle of language- This is something I look for in a review- I don't want trashy and dont want language.
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This book had so much potential and a new plot twist to add to the already overcrowded teen-scene. Unfortunately, the author’s desperate attempt to ride the Twilight fanbased tidal wave caused it to fall flat for me.

CONSTANT references to Twilight. “Kait takes out her favorite book, Twilight…, Kait stays up late reading New Moon under her covers…Kait wonders, maybe he could be my ‘Edward’” All the references were not necessary for the story to move on. You’re not a real author until you can stand on your own two feet!

CONSTANT repetition! I lost track how many times Kait mentioned how much she LOVES peanut butter and banana milkshakes, how much her ex BFF hates her for no reason, how awkward she is, and her odd bodily ailments every time “Ethan” was around, how hot Ethan is, how someone like him will never go for someone like her. (I get that she is still mourning her mother’s death, but this girl is so self-deprecating that it got annoying, quickly.)

The narrator and Kait had a tendency to ramble, paragraph after paragraph after paragraph about stuff that had nothing to do with the story. It was also very predictable: Awkward Girl meets Hot Boy, Awkward Girl wants Hot Boy, and Awkward Girl gets Hot Boy. Sound familiar? How ‘bout…Awkward Girl keeps putting herself in danger, Hot Boy has to keep saving Awkward Girl from danger.

The story was cute, but it could have been so much better. I wouldn’t recommend this book nor will I be reading its sequels.
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