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Review: Tales From My Closet

TalesFromMyClosetPublisher: Scholastic Press
Author: Jennifer Anne Moses
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 4 Stars

Five girls. A paper dress. Tons of shoes. One unforgettable raincoat. White Jeans. Secrets. Drama. Friends?
For Justine, Bianca, Becka, Polly, and Anne, living in Westfield, New Jersey is “life on planet toilet paper.” At least that’s how Justine feels when she shows up as the new girl in school wearing a Scott Paper Caper dress. To her, it’s a super-original fashion statement. But other “loser freaks” don’t agree.
The other girls have their own fashion issues, ranging from fabulous boots to raggedy pajamas to what to wear to therapy. Told in alternating voices, TALES FROM MY CLOSET follows the stories of high school kids who have nothing in common–and everything in common. They’re at war with each other, but through their clothes, they reveal and conceal themselves and make peace with what it means to be a teen. Over the course of a school year, their individual struggles and successes come together to tell a story that’s funny, honest, and all-girl fabulous.

Loved the alternating stories throughout the book. Huge of family secrets, financial instabilities, denial, self-image, self-discovery, teenage hormones, and a fashion sense that will drive them crazy! With the alternating stories, you got the insight of all the girl’s thoughts, and how everything played out. Of course all the girls have a connection that is bound to be nothing but true friends.
The story was very well put together, inviting, and you can really see how this could easily be a true life story. My only downfall was some of the characters lacked building, and I would love to known more about them. However, it is definitely worth a read and will recommend to those would love Young Adult.

About the Author
JenniferMosesJennifer Anne Moses, who lived for years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a writer and painter who currently lives in Montclair, NJ, where the pizza is much better but the Zydeco, not so much. In addition to her books, she’s published dozens of essays, articles, Op Ed pieces, and short stories, and her work has been anthologized in the Pushcart Prizes and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. At readings, she mainly tells stories and jokes. She and her husband have two mutts and three children.

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Disclosure: I won this book for free via Goodreads First Reads. I did not have to do the review, and this review is my honest opinion.

Review: Starring Jules #1: Starring Jules (As Herself)

Starring JulesPublisher: Scholastic Press
Author: Beth Ain
Genre: Children/Realistic Fiction/Grades 3 – 5
Series: Starring Jules
Review Source:  NetGalley/Scholastic

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary: (Goodreads)
Lights! Camera! Action! A hilarious chapter book debut from a fabulous new talent!
Things to Know About Me by Jules Bloom
1. I am a scrambled-eggs-and-chocolate-milk type person.
2. I have an audition for a TV commercial (which would be great if I were a tall-icy-drink type person.)
3. I am in between best friends right now.
4. I am worried that the audition will be a disaster. (See #1 and #3!)
Jules doesn’t want to ruin THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME, and she’s willing to turn to anyone for help–even her know-it-all ex-best friend! If only that lovely new girl in class would turn out to be the new best friend of her dreams, maybe, just maybe, Jules will be ready for her close-up…

My Review:
This is such a cute read. It reminds me a lot of my daughter, and I know she will enjoy this series, not only now but later. I love the fact that Jules keeps lists, as even being an adult I keep lists too. I thought this was normal? No?
Starring Jules reminds me of Junie B with a mix of Fancy Nancy. I absolutely adore it.
I loved it when Beth wrote out how the new student sounds with her accent, brilliant! I can not wait for the rest of this series, I mean, who could totally pass up on a sparking, dancy, imagination little girl? Jules even learns words like: pizzazz, snazzy, and improvise. I love adding vocabulary to my daughter’s world, and with this book it is easily done!

About the Author:
A Pennsylvania girl at heart, Beth Ain fell in love with life in New York City, and she loves trying to capture the essence of family life there. Thankfully, she now has the benefits of both city and small-town life, having settled in Port Washington, New York, where she lives very happily with her husband and their two kids.

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