The Reece Malcolm List
By Amy Spalding
Publication date: Feb. 5, 2013
Entangled Teen, 352 pages
Things I know about Reece Malcolm:
1. She graduated from New York University.
2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
3. Since her first novel was released, she’s been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
5. She’s my mother.
Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she’s shipped off to live with the mother she’s never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn’t add up to much.
L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan—a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion for show choir and musicals, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love.
But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?
— Goodreads.com description
I so thoroughly enjoyed The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding. I mean, I got the vibe from the description (I love lists!) that this was going to be a quirky, realistic contemporary story (my favorite kind of book). And it was all those things and more.
Reece was realistic and definitely likable. Sure, she was put in an unlikely situation — dad dies, girl moves in with the mom she never knew, who happens to be a J.K. Rowling-level author, starts to attend super fancy California performing arts school — but her reactions to every situation were spot-on teenage girl. Plus, the interactions and fights with her friends really rang true.
Bonus factor: SINGING!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, so I have zero musical talent. But I’m super into musicals and books and movies about the performing arts. So the Glee aspect here was so fun — I really loved Reece’s drive to perform.
Double bonus factor: One of my favorite characters of the year, Reece’s mom’s boyfriend Brad. Those who have read this book: Is Brad not the best thing ever!?
Anyone looking for a fun, realistic contemporary that’s more about friends and family than about romance (hey, even I can appreciate that from time to time) should absolutely check this one out.