Mon, March 4, 2013

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding Review

The Reece Malcolm List book cover

The Reece Malcolm List book cover

The Reece Malcolm List
By Amy Spalding
Publication date: Feb. 5, 2013
Entangled Teen, 352 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Billie @ Books, Owl and Tea said:

    hmm… sounds interesting 🙂 *added to me tbr list*

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  2. We Heart YA said:

    We’ve been hearing more and more buzz about this one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it! And now we’re curious about Brad… ;D

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    Anna Reply:

    I haven’t heard anything bad! Is it live-changing? Nah, but it’s a fun read when you’re in the mood for a normal contemp.

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  3. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    LOVED Brad! and I adored this story. It’s one of those YA contemps you think you’ll like & then end up totally falling for. Yup. Definitely reading more by this author.

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  4. Fara @ Tumbling In Books said:

    Now that I’ve read your review I want to read it more so now. AND OMG! Singing! Yep, definitely gonna read it. Awesome review Anna! 😀

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  5. Elizabeth said:

    This sounds like such a cute book and I’m going to make myself get to it sometimes soon. I always love the ones describes as “quirky” or “fun”!

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  6. Natalie @ BooksEtceteraBlog said:

    This book sounds really cute, and I’m loving the lists and singing!! And I also really want to know about Brad now!! Going to add this to my TBR… which is growing WAAAYY too long.. oh well 🙂

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  7. YA Book Queen said:

    “Anyone looking for a fun, realistic contemporary that’s more about friends and family than about romance ” — You have intrigued me! I’m always eager to read more YA contemps that center around family / friends.

    Fabulous review!

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  8. Magan said:

    Um, yes. So good. <3 Brad.

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    Anna Reply:

    BRAD!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Cecelia said:

    I’m so glad to hear that this one is as cute as the cover and summary suggest it will be – I think it’s going to go on my list for when I need a break from fantasy & sci-fi.

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  10. Tara said:

    I’ve wanted to read this book since I saw the summary was in list form. Automatic win in my opinion!

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  11. jen said:

    Eek, I have this and I can’t wait to read it. And, as always, thank you for your review style: quick, sweet, and straight to the point without forfeiting enthusiasm. <3 My attention span thanks you, too!

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    Anna Reply:

    Wham bam thank you ma’am

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  12. Christina (BookTasty) said:

    Okay, I was pretty hesitant to read this one at first…I have issues with mother daughter stories…but your review makes me interested. I have the egalley on my kindle, so I’ll have to give it a go 🙂

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  13. Alexa Y. said:

    This sounds like a quirky, awesome contemporary, and I definitely want to give it a try!

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  14. Alexandra said:

    I thought this one was so much fun – and I found it pretty easy to identify with Devan – loved her John-Green-style nerdiness and just enthusiasm for singing.
    I did think that while the main characters were really well written, the rest of the characters were a bit flat, but then Devan and friends had more than enough personality for everyone.
    And yes, completely agree – Brad is so sweet.

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    Anna Reply:

    I think there is universal agreement on Brad!

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