Saturday, March 21, 2009
Paisley Hanover Acts Out by Cameron Tuttle
[description from Amazon]
Always one of the popular kids, sophomore Paisley Hanover gets a rude awakening when she’s booted out of yearbook and into the badlands of drama class. Out of her element but only momentarily out of ideas, Paisley takes action—and an unexpected liking to her drama buddies. The result? An undercover crusade that could bring down the popularity pecking order, and Paisley along with it. This is the story of how Paisley Hanover gets wise, gets bold, and gets into a hilarious mess of trouble. With a package as fresh and clever as Paisley herself— including a cool slipcase, a fabulous novel, and Paisley’s notebook of embarrassingly funny ideas and doodles—it’s the start of a series that embraces the “Un” in UnUsual.
I really was not expecting to like this one as much as I did. I haven't really heard anyone talk about- I think I've only read one review, what is up with that?- so I didn't know what to expect. But I'm happy to report that this book is just as great as the packaging it comes in. (To see this glorious packaging, click here and scroll down.)
Paisley was a refreshingly realistic character. Her concerns about her friends ditching her, about boys, and about surviving high school are easy to relate to. But what makes Paisley as realistic as she is aren't the previously mentioned things, but rather, her notebook and sidebras. (Read the book to find out what a sidebra is.) Her notebook contains all sorts of doodles and notes that give her true opinions of things, and the anecdote/explanation containing sidebras make the school and Paisley seem more real.
The plot isn't terribly exciting, but that really doesn't matter when you consider the fact that a) the book is very realistic (how many times have I said that word in this review?) and b) that the book is super duper funny. Paisley's snarky comments on things and her drama class friends are hilarious.
All in all, Paisley Hanover Acts Out is Unbelievably awesome. I'm dying for the sequel. DYING.
Also, this series has an ultra spiffy website. I think I've looked at everything on it, and yet I keep going back.
Thanks for the book, J!