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Stephanie Morrill’s The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet

About

For once, Ellie Sweet has it all together. Her hair now curls instead of fuzzes, she’s tamed the former bad-boy, Chase Cervantes (she has, right?), and her debut novel will hit shelves in less than a year. Even her ex-friends are leaving her alone. Well, except for Palmer Davis, but it can’t be helped that he works at her grandmother’s nursing home. 

Life should feel perfect. And yet, it’s not that easy. Ellie’s editor loves her, but the rest of the publishing biz? Not so much. And they’re not shy about sharing their distrust over Ellie’s unlikely debut. 

Ellie has always been able to escape reality in the pages of her novel, but with the stress of major edits and rocky relationships, her words dry up. In fiction, everything always comes together, but in real life, it seems to Ellie that hard work isn’t always enough, the people you love can’t always be trusted, and the dream-come-true of publishing her book could be the biggest mistake she’s made yet. 

Review

I so thoroughly enjoyed diving back into Ellie Sweet’s life. I could not put this book down and it stayed with me for days! Ellie Sweet is a fantastic YA heroine. In a world of silly girls who make silly decisions, Ellie Sweet is a breath of fresh air. 

I really enjoyed The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet and wondered what Ms. Morrill would do to keep me interested in her life. Well, wonder no longer. Ellie has a couple things on her plate in this novel: dealing with her boyfriend (and her ex), learning what it’s like to be a published author, and dealing with family and friend drama. She handles it all beautifully. She’s such a likeable character (even more so than book 1) and really handles her problems well. Usually I read these YA novels and I’m like high school was not like that when I went, but reading about Ellie Sweet reminded that not everyone is what the secular world portrays. She was familiar. I knew that girl (to a certain extent I was that girl minus the book deal and the love triangle :)) And I thought she particularly handled the love triangle that is still in this book (bet you thought that was over with book 1). I hate love triangles, but I liked the way Ellie dealt with hers. 

What I didn’t like about this book [possible Spoiler Alert]: the guy Ellie is with in the end! I could not believe who she ended up with. Sure the guy who was rejected had flaws, but he seemed real and authentic in a way that the other guy didn’t. The other guy was boring and predictable. I’ve met him in other books and frankly, I wasn’t convinced Ellie wanted to be with him either. I thought she should have said that she would rather be single then end up with him. Whereas my guy? The one she should have ended up with? Was the one who made the pages sizzle. I loved reading about him because he was different and I felt like he loved her so much, but he just had a lot on the table. He was the guy who would have rocked Ellie’s world. The other guy….yeah.

So, please Ms. Morrill, if you read this write a book three because a) Ellie is awesome and I love reading about her and b) she needs to leave what’s his face and get with what’s his face (you know who I’m talking about!).

Spiritually, this novel has Ellie going to church and she does apologize to a group of people, but honestly this reads as clean YA as opposed to Christian fiction (no overt messages of Christianity). That said, very enjoyable.

Romantic scale: 9 (with my guy)

Romantic scale: 7 (with the guy she ended up with)

 

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