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What Would Emma Do? Paperback – December 30, 2008
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“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
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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.Read more ›
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.
What Would Emma Do is exactly the sort of book I would like to read more of. It has the exact mix of all the elements that makes it that perfect read. First of all, it takes place in a little town called Wheaton. It’s not just any small town; it’s one of those small towns that locals describe as “the heartland of America”, and where religion is taken so seriously, it almost reaches cult-like proportions. Nothing much ever happens in Wheaton, but high morals and the church’s rule are the order of the day. Anything or anyone that is considered different, or falls outside of the belief system of the citizens of Wheaton, is rejected and revolted against with a burn-at-the-stakes passion. So imagine the widespread panic incited by the popular crowd when the unpopular kids at school are suspected of being terrorists because apparently they’re trying to poison students one popular girl at a time and...oh yeah, they’re “different”.
That was actually the second thing that attracted my interest in this story. The first would be Emma’s voice. Every chapter opens with Emma having a little monologue with God. Nothing offensive. Just a regular teen sharing her thoughts with the Lord.Read more ›
Emma has made the worst mistake you can make, she kissed her best friend's boyfriend, Colin. To make it worse, she lives in a small town, so she runs the risk of everyone knowing about it. Somehow the kiss keeps quiet, but now her best friend doesn't trust her, the boy is ignoring her, and Emma is feeling awful. When scandal breaks out in the town, and only Emma and Colin know the truth, she must decide what is worth giving up to save someone else. With so many people in town asking what Jesus would do, she discovers it's time to start asking what she should do instead, and live her own life.
This book kind of disappointed me. Alright, so it's obvious from the title alone that this was going to have religious themes. That is fine, I set myself up for that. I wasn't expecting, but I certainly didn't miss all the hinted relation to The Crucible. The town Emma lives in, is one of those highly religious small towns that tend to get a little carried away by their faith. They like to bring their faith into everything, even places it doesn't really need to be focused on, and anyone who questions it is singled out and shunned.
The characters were a little lacking. Emma was decently fleshed out, but the other characters didn't feel real enough to me. A few of them, like Colin, I thought was going to have more role to play in the story and then he was hardly around. I guess in a way it make sense, but the whole thing felt off to me. Sure, I flew through the pages to see what happened next, but I wasn't compelled to keep reading.
The plot was off from the summary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a laugh out loud funny book. It so makes the teen age years a fond memory once again.Published on March 24, 2014 by Mary Joan Lyons
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. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I was rather confused that there was more to the story than what the summary on the back laid out. It was a very entertaining and easy read.Published on September 8, 2010 by Edga
The golden rule of friendship: "Thou Shalt Not Kiss Thy Best Friend's Boyfriend." Well Emma seems to have forgotten this one simple rule and the thing is she's forgotten it before. Read morePublished on March 10, 2010 by And Another Book Read
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. Read morePublished on July 7, 2009 by Amazon Customer
Emma Procter is stuck in the dinky, ultra-religious town of Wheaton where everyone knows everyone's business (like how she accidentally kissed her best friend's boyfriend), and... Read morePublished on May 12, 2009 by The Compulsive Reader
I adored this book. Eileen Cook has created a heroine who is smart, funny and deep and whose struggles with her social life, love life, community and faith are both realistic and... Read morePublished on April 5, 2009 by Danielle Younge-Ullman