How to Be Bad

 
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How to Be Bad
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May 06, 2008
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006128422X
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Not Too Bad
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Reader reviewed by Kaycee

  How to Be Bad is not that bad of a book. The story line of three girls running off for a road trip and experiencing such events is a bit far fetched. Despite the practicality of the events the stroy line is pretty good.
  It is told by three different aunthors in three different point of views of each of the girls, Vicks, Mel, and Jesse. There is, of course, a character for everyone to love: a good girl with money, a poor girl with issues, and a crazy girl with a boyfriend problem. Their friendships are starting to fall apart, but eventually the road trip to Florida heals old wounds.
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Give it a thumbs up,, times 10!!!
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Reader reviewed by sarahsue94

Jesse, Vicks, and Mel want to get out of the boring town they live
in. Jesse Steals her moms beat up old car to go on a road trip, and
they head off to Miamii, Florida to see Vicks' "Wonderful" boyfriend.
After breaking in an old museum to see a long dead alligator, they meet
the amazing and rediculously hot Marco, and go to a wild party with him
where there world may very well fall to peices. In this must read book
friendship and hearts will be tested to there breaking points, but in
all the debris love will triump.


This
book was written by 3 completely different authors, all sharing ideas
and each to create this wonderful novel with characters that mirror
themselves. Only true geniuses could pull this one off : ) !


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A Fun Summer read
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Reader reviewed by Lianne

Three of my favorite authors wrote this book so I was defintely excited to read!
Vicks, Mel and Jessie all decide to go on a road trip without much notice. Vicks and Jessie are friends but, to them Mel is just a rich snob. That is until they begin to get to know themselves and each other better than they would have thought. Each girl has something has something that they have to face. I loved this book very much, especially how it is told from all three girls presectives!
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I expected more but it was still cute
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Reader reviewed by Vanessa

Title: How To Be Bad

Authors: E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynoski, Lauren Myracle
Number of Pages: 321, hardcover.
Released: 2008.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
It was: blawsome. :(
Summary: Three girls: Jesse, Vicks, and Mel. One roadtrip. Jesse is very religious, but knows that nothing can save her mama's cancer. She hasn't even told her best friend, Vicks. She thinks lots of what Vicks does is wrong and something God would look down upon, but she's still her best friend and should tell her. Vicks on the other hand, is more careless and tough. She's hard as nails and can tough out every situation put at her... but her boyfriend now is at the University of Miami and is barely returning her calls. Just flimsy, whatever texts, making their relationship suffer. Mel just moved to Niceville. She's smokin'-rich. She lives in a huge house and looks to have everything she would want except she's not as perfect as she seems. Her sister is the one who is pretty in her family and she's always the monkey in the middle, making final decisions because she's the middle child. However, a guy comes in to change her mind. This roadtrip is full of tears, angriness, happiness, laughter, and most of all, friends forever.
My Thoughts (may contain spoilers): Nice book. I really expected a lot more. I don't know what's wrong with me. Lately I've just been expecting a great book of everything and haven't read something that is utterly amazing and I haven't come by it. Of course, this book had charm and sweetness. It was very dramatic and cute. It was predictable. Not the Brady part, which was a good reason. I feel bad for Marco with it being awkward with Vicks afterwards. I wish it could've been better. Jesse's religiousness is rather annoying, I guess because I don't believe so in depth like that. It was nice though. I liked Old Joe. I liked how Mel felt good afterwards about her looks. I liked that they wrestled a gator, it was funny. Cheesy cute ending.

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Who doesn't love a ROAD TRIP??
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Reader reviewed by Writer's Block Reviews

Jesse is looking to get away. So what better to do that than to get her best friend, Vicks and go on a road trip to see Vicks' boyfriend at college in Miami. When Jesse invites Vicks, the new girl, Mel, that they work with at the Waffle House wants to go so bad that she offers to pay for the trip for them. Even though Jesse doesn't like Mel, it's an offer that even she can't refuse. Mel is the rich girl who wants real friends and is trying to fit in. Jesse is having family problems and just wants to get away. And, Vicks is wondering why her boyfriend has left for college and hasn't even called her. The road trip is a long one with a lot of twists and turns on the way. Including breaking and entering, picking up a hitchhiker and even fighting with each other. Will the three girls survive this trip with each other?



Okay, I'm not saying this because I went to the authors reading and signing, but I LOVED this book. It was amazing. One of the best parts, though is the fact that it is told in each of the girls perspective. So, you can see what each is thinking when something is going on. The writers really shine through on this one. This is one of the books that you can't miss this summer!


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awesome
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Reader reviewed by graceface

Three coworkers and friends, Mel-the good girl with lots of money but wants people to like her for who she is, Vicks-the wild child whose boyfriend left for college in Miami and isn't returning her calls and texts, and Jesse-the God-fearing Christian girl who just needs to get away from all the secrets and problems at home, get together for one weekend in Jesse's mom's beat up old car to take a road trip down to Miami with Vick's old copy of Fantastical Florida and Mel's mom's credit card to guide them along the way. They're planning to see the smallest police station in the nation, old Joe, visit Disney World and Epcot, and, finally, Vick's boyfriend, Brady McKane. But can these friends survive an entire weekend with each other and not give up their quest in the middle?
Authors E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle, get together to write this masterpiece, How To Be Bad. My friend recommended this book to me and, let me tell you, I am glad that I took her recommendation seriously. This is a great book and I recommend it to all YA book lovers.
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Amazing book from an amazing author trio
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Reader reviewed by the book muncher

Jesse, Vicks, and Mel are all residents of not-so-appropriately-named Niceville, Florida. Jesse is fed up with her mother and just wants to get away. Vicks, the wild one, misses her boyfriend who left for college two weeks ago. Mel is the rich but sweet girl who just wants to make friends. Somehow these three coworkers end up on a weekend road trip. Jesse provides the car, Mel has the cash, and Vicks encourages the spontaneity and excitement. Though the destination is Miami, pit stops and detours will be made, leading them into disasters or unexpected solutions. This road trip will alter their friendships and even the way they view life.

Though I have previously read novels by only one-third of the fabulous authors who wrote How to Be Bad, I knew from the first moment I heard that E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle were writing a novel together that their book would be mandatory reading material for me. And I most definitely wasnt disappointed. I loved how each chapter was told from one of the girls point-of-view (even though I did get confused a couple of times). Jesse, Vicks, and Mel were each wonderfully crafted and developed; I loved how they were so unique and complemented each other. The plot was a perfect mix of romance, friendship and personal issues, emotional realizations, and even physical danger. I really enjoyed the random details too, because it made the story all the more realistic. If I had one problem with How to Be Bad, it was that Jesses religious fervor didnt always seem to fit with her character until the end of the story. However, this didnt diminish the fact that How to Be Bad was simply a fantastic novel.

How to Be Bad has a little bit of something for everyone, and I most definitely recommend it. In fact, I enjoyed this book so much that I am motivated to read up on the two-thirds of this author team whose works I have not read yet (Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle, I confess). If youve ever enjoyed a novel by any one of these awesome authors or are up for a great read, then get How to Be Bad. I promise you wont regret it!

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Fun Summer Read!
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Reader reviewed by ambeen

I was really looking forward to reading How to Be Bad because I am a fan of E. Lockhart's and have heard great things about Lauren and Sarah. I think I'll now have to be sure to read Sarah and Lauren's books because How to Be Bad was so fun.

Even with its serious topics and moments, it was still a fun book. The characters themselves were a lot of fun. Crazy, neurotic, and just regular girls. They were so different from each other but I was able to relate to each of them in some way. Their friendships and the dynamics within the friendships were also very real.

The triple narrative/collaboration of these three authors was seamless. I am usually wary of books with multiple narrators but this one makes me want to read more multiple narrator books. I liked getting a personal feeling from each character and knowing what she was thinking and feeling instead of only seeing her through the eyes of one narrator.
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Road Trip!
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Reader reviewed by Julie M. Prince

It's time for three girls from the Waffle House to shake off their work shackles and hit the road!

Vicks, Jesse, and Mel are headed from Niceville to Miami in Jesse's old beater of a car, and there's plenty of trouble to get into along the way. Most of the trouble originates right in the car as the girls argue over everything from music to money. But beneath the superficial arguments is an underlying bond that could last a lifetime, if the three of them could just stop growling at one another long enough to enjoy it.

Three popular authors, E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle, teamed up to create these unique roadtrippers who keep readers rolling. Between the great gas out, the pulpit pounding, and the drunken dating, this book entertains from the very first pit stop.

Don't let the bare bones summary fool you, though. There's substance here, too. A weekend with the girls is exactly what's needed to get these three girls moving forward instead of heading in reverse. As Vicks examines her year-long relationship with a missing-in-action boyfriend, new girl, Mel, is learning it's okay not to be stuck in the middle, and Jesse has to figure out how to share her mom's diagnosis when she can't even face it herself.

With the exception of a few parts that I think could've been played down a bit for the sake of character likeability, this book has everything needed for a relaxing read. And it totally makes me want to go on a roadtrip!

Off to turn another page....


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