Monday, January 12, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Lexi's Pathetic Fictional Love Life by Jo Noelle

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Lexi's Pathetic Fictional Love Life, by Jo Noelle
2014, 283p, YA Contemporary Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy for an honest review

Lexi Middleton has been socially invisible to her classmates, but starting her junior year, that’s going to change. First, she’s determined to hook a boyfriend, ensuring dates with flowers and possible kisses on the doorstep. Second, she wants to be a writer for the school paper, even though it freaks her out to think of everyone judging her by her punctuation and metaphors.

High school is difficult enough—keeping up her grades, dealing with increasing sibling rivalry, and trying to stay out of the way of her personal nemesis, Amberlee—but when Lexi catches the eye of her long-time crush, she also becomes the focus of mean-girl tactics.

Caught between who she was and who she wants to be, Lexi must decide how to confront a bully, and choose who to let into her heart.

I love some good high school drama and this one hit the mark! Lexi considers herself an average teenager. Her younger sister, Tifani, has just started high school with her and is already way more popular--she's a cheerleader and has tons of friends. Lexi's friends are Tillie, Asha, Riker and Gabe. She has a crush on Brendon Michaels and is writing a story with the main characters based on each of them.

There's a lot to this story! Lexi gets to know Brendon better, has some run-ins with mean-girl Amberlee, deals with the sibling rivalry she has with her sister, gets closer to a friend and is surprised that she likes him more than she realized, and finds her voice through writing. There's a secondary fictional story that is being told, which is just as fun to read as Lexi's story, and her teacher gives her great advice on ways to make it better. 

I loved her friends, especially Tillie. There's also a fun romance with someone she never looked at that way and I loved their scenes together. I kept wanting her to open up to him, but I remember being that age and that can be difficult to do. It seems obvious to the reader which boy Lexi should go for, but I thought it was realistic that she went back and forth for a while. There are characters that I didn't like and I thought they added to the story. One of Amberlee's actions ends up backfiring on her, which is always satisfying to read. At times, I didn't like her sister Tifani and something she did led to confrontation between them which helped them to clear the air and have a heart-to-heart discussion.

Lexi learns a lot about herself and her friends throughout this book and I enjoyed it! This is a fun, clean read which I would feel comfortable recommending to teens. I look forward to reading more books by this author!

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Author Jo Noelle

Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also spent time in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids. She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking especially for desserts, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains. Oh, and by the way, she’s two people—

Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team.

They began writing separately several years ago but found the process much more fun when they started collaborating. They are debut authors, with Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life as their first completed work. Other titles include Newbie and Damnation.

Deanna attended college before marrying and starting her family.

Canda received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Reading Specialist endorsement, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her day job focuses on teaching teachers and children about literacy.

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Unknown said...

I am so glad you liked it. I want to read it..the name of the book cracks me up :)! Great review

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing the news about Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life. When we wrote the book, we envisioned our readers to be 13-16 year old girls, though we know that many others may pick up the book too. We hope you and your followers enjoy Lexi’s story.

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