The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill

The Revised Life of Ellie SweetEllie Sweet, 1Stephanie MorrillYA Contemporary RomancePlaylist Young Adult FictionMay 1, 2013Paperback266

Ellie Sweet is a lot of things—good girl, novelist, silent adorer of the new boy at school, Palmer. But when “outcast” gets added to the list, she decides it’s time to take reality into her own hands … and tweak it as needed.

In the pages of her book, she’s Lady Gabrielle, favorite of the medieval Italian court. Her once-friends are reduced to catty ladies-in-waiting, and the too-charming Palmer—who in real life never spares her a second word—gets to be nothing more than a rake wracked by unrequited love for her. She even has a perfect real-life villain in the brooding Chase, who hails from the wrong side of town.

But just when she’s getting along great in her fictional world, the real one throws her a few curves. With Chase pursuing her, Palmer wanting to date her—but in secret—and the details of her manuscript going public, Ellie suddenly receives more attention than she ever really wanted. And when her former-friends discover what she’s been writing, they’re determined to teach Ellie a lesson about the severe consequences of using her pen as her sword.

Have you ever read a book that resonated with you on a profoundly deep level because, while reading it, you felt as if your life was splayed out before you on the printed page? That’s how I felt reading The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet.

Ellie Sweet is your regular high school girl with boy troubles, friend drama, and an imaginative mind. But she’s unique. Why? Because instead of ranting on Facebook, or tweeting cryptic messages, Ellie is using her real life strife as fuel for her historical romance novel–that no one knows she’s writing.

​Ms. Morrill creates a believable love triangle and recreating the crazy world of high school and does an amazing job of creating a believable teenage voice and a compelling story. In fact, the story was such a page-turner that I finished it in three hours flat.

Definitely a chick lit novel, but even if you’re a guy, you might want to give it a try. You don’t have to tell people you read it (unless you want to), but it could provide some nice insight into a teenage girl’s mind. The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet is definitely a fun read.

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