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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-7–Like many teens, Emily has tons of friends, thinks her parents are totally uncool, and wishes for a boyfriend. For her birthday, Aunt Chester sends her a set of blank cards called Flashcards of My Life. Each card has a label like Friends, Kiss, Identity–different topics to spark some writing. Emily starts on the cards and, in the process, readers learn about her. Her best 24-hour friend, Sandra, doesn't like her school friends, Sarah W. and Sarah J., leaving Emily stuck in the middle. The girls all have crushes on different boys and there's the constant swirl of rumors of who likes whom. The story is full of early teen angst–being uncomfortable in one's body, not sure why parents act like they do, crying over the smallest things. The style and language are aimed at younger readers; however, some of the topics make the story a better fit for older readers. For example, the girls think their gym teacher is a lesbian because of her roommate's picture on her desk. The font appears to be handwritten, and numerous doodles, charts, and diagrams adorn the pages. An entertaining but hardly earth-shattering look at junior high life.–Diana Pierce, Running Brushy Middle School, Cedar Park, TX
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Gr. 5-8. During the course of five weeks, Emily fills out a set of journaling cards entitled, "Flashcards of My Life." Each card has a journal-entry prompt, such as "Friends," "Kiss," or "Things That I Hate." Using the cards, Emily chronicles the familiar ups and downs of junior high, which may seem small to adults but are monumental to some kids: juggling friends who don't like each other; wondering if Andrew, her crush, will return her affection; and dealing with her nosy, embarrassing parents. Emily turns to her flashcards in moments of crisis (when her friend Sandra reveals she's been hiding a secret boyfriend) and times of joy (when Andrew kisses her). Readers will be attracted to Emily's appealing "handwritten" pages, decorated with heart and flower doodles, as well as to her young, innocent voice and chatty, confidential tone. A good little sister to high-school favorites such as Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries books. Jennifer Hubert
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316166766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316166768
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,594,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Oh, those awkward days of junior high! Friendships teeter-totter, crushes make you crazy and your parents really just don't get it at all. For her birthday, Emily receives Flashcards of My Life--Cards All About You a type of journal on small cards.

At first it seems kind of lame, but then Emily really gets into it, stirring up her creative juices and spilling her juicy secrets (ohmigod, wait till you read the kiss card!). The cards give Emily a place to really explore how she is feeling and discover new insights about herself.

Emily is totally authentic about her feelings and her self doubts. She struggles with the popular girls ("the Sarahs"), with crushes on boys and with her family, but through it all she writes her insights and feelings, carrying us along with her. The best touches to this book are the illustrations. Emily doodles in her journal and provides us with a real sense that she is just a regular kid we can all relate to.

This book is great for a middle schooler or someone in junior high who could use a laugh and a reminder that others feel the way they do. It is also a great read for adults who want/need a reminder about just how tough it is to be in the "tween" years.

Armchair Interviews says: The book is full of laughs but also gives hope about surviving those tough times when it feels like nobody understands.
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Format: Hardcover
i just finished reading this book, and it is ah-mazing!! i have been looking for a novel that wouldn't be too kiddyish, but not too mature and gross (lol). i spent all of my time for the past two days reading this book, because it's soooooo good! i can totally relate to emily and her feelings and experiences. and it has such a great ending!! i recommend this book to any tween/ young teen who is looking for a great book to relate to!
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Format: Paperback
I am sure this book is appropriate for an older audience, but certainly not for the 8-12 age group. My daughter is 10 (4th grade) but reads at a 6th grade level. Her teacher has warned us about making sure the material is appropriate, but seeing that the recommended age was 8-12 I thought I was safe. No 8-12 year olds need to be reading a flashcard entry entitled "sex." Shame on you , Little, Brown & Co!!!!!
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