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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Paisley Hanover Acts Out review

This is being typed a little fast, so sorry for any weirdness. I'm sort of kind of doing Ashley's 12-Hour Readathon (by that I mean I tried and I've only got 3 hours and 41 minutes (thank gosh for this time calculator) and there just isn't that much of Sunday left and I have a some things I have to do today. Sorry, Ash! Anyways, at least I'll get a review out of it!

Paisley Hanover Acts Out by Cameron Tuttle

Summary (from goodreads): 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.

Review: I definitely should have read this one sooner. Why on earth did I put reading this off? It was so good! I've had it for months and I totally put off reading and reviewing it (sorry Book Divas!) and now I don't know why! I just really really hope there'll be more! Hold on while I go scope out the website. YAY there's another one!! I need that book sooner rather than later. Okay, I'm focusing. Even though her website is super cute.

Characters: Cameron Tuttle has a definite talent for making super realistic characters, and Paisley is awesome. When the book starts out she's a little shallow, a little too concerned with popularity and all that stuff, but she grows into a really interesting, super cool person. She sort of reminds me a little bit of an American Georgia Nicholson. (That, and, according to the notes in my review notebook, Yan.) I started out the book not always liking her, but by the middle of the book, I woohoo'd out loud when she ran for class president. (And I'm glad I was alone in the house for that.) One thing I thought was cool was that Paisley has a problem with typos and at one point spells sidebar "sidebra", so throughout the book are little notes, called sidebras, on the sides of the pages. Totally charmed me, as I love sidebars but usually they're just in brackets (see above for examples) so that was rather unique.

As for the other characters, they were great, too. I am absolutely in love with one of the guys she likes, Clint, not so much with the other, Eric. Eric's nice and everything, I just like Clint better because he's a total bad boy. He has a tattoo, a motorcycle, and he reads... but I digress.

Plot: A clerical error causes Paisley to have to compete with another girl for the last spot in Yearbook and spastic jazz hands later, she has to do Drama instead. A good part of the plot is Paisley's self-growth, but it does have some good twists and turns to keep you on edge, and a good dose of romance. (And yes, I said spastic jazz hands. Which becomes infamous. I give you this quote for proof:
The Hornettes were doing spastic jazz hands as the kicked around in a circle and crumpled into a bud of butts. Everybody cheered.
I wanted to feel pissed, but I was kind of amazed. My weirdest, most embarrassing moment of high school life had been incorporated into Pleasant Hill High pop culture. I didn't know what to think of that.
PG-13 stuff: A little bit of underage drinking, but Paisley doesn't do any herself (which is another thing that I like about this, because I hate that in books, it's one of my pet peeves) and it was done honestly and realistically. A couple of mild curses, but I'm like the only person on earth who would call them curses and I don't swear.

Cons, complaints, bad stuff, etc.: This isn't really a bit deal, and a lot of books do this, but there were a couple of times when they'd show her texts and it'd throw me off. Maybe this is just me (probably is at this point), but I don't have a cell phone and the abbreviations boggle my mind for a couple of seconds before I get them. Otherwise nothing stands out.

Paisley's Not Book: The book (my copy, at least, but I'd hope it'd be all of them) comes in this really cute slipcover that velcros shut and has a companion book called Paisley's Not Book (she crossed the E out) and is her notebook, which is mentioned often throughout the book. Libraries might take it out, though, so if you buy books, I'd consider buying this one just for that. Looks like this if you're curious:

It has Paisley's drawings, notes, doodles, notes from other people in her life, each in their own handwriting, and totally charmed me, sort of reminding me of Jim Benton's Dear Dumb Diary books, only for an older audience. I love notebooks for one. (I had a dream about them last night. Yep, I had a dream about notebooks. Why I'll never know.) For another, it was just plain funny. Like shigoogley! She came up with that word out of no where, and I propose that we make it the new... um, how about awesome? That work for all you? Shigoogley!

Cover comments: I don't like it that much. I think half the reason I put off reading it was because the cover makes it look too fluffy. (Bad Laina!) But the back illustrations are really cute.

Conclusion: I made about a million notes while I was reading this, which I only do with books I love or hate and I definitely didn't hate this one. I can't recommend you read this enough and I can't wait to get my hands on the second one! Four out of five roses.

Reviewed for Book Divas as well.

(Random, but is anyone interested in some of my notes that aren't Paisley related? Well, if you are, you can keep reading, if you aren't, just read the review!)

- Why did I dream about notebooks last night?
- Are Skinner and Krabapel getting married?? (I was watching the Simpsons while I was reading.)
- Remind me to see Heathers and that movie Sadako recommended.
- Does Jacob have a tattoo in New Moon book?
- I think my eyebrows are uneven and my mother is lying to me.
- Need to reply to blog comments!

And with those glimpses into my odd mind, I must dance.

Peace, cookies, and shigoogley,


  1. Now I have to read this! It looks very cute.

  2. Aww. This sounds like such a cute book! And from what you state here (and have told me elsewhere) a fast read at that.
    Must definitely look into it. =)

    Glad you enjoyed the book!


  3. Like Shayla said Cute!

    Girl great review ^^

  4. Wow! You took a lot of time on writing this review! It shows! I'm so glad you liked this book! Thanks for the review! I'll check it out sometime :).

    (see, never say never haha)

  5. I thought Edna told Skinner she wasn't ready for marriage? Or was it the opposite way around? Hmm, I don't know.

    Anyway the book looks awesome!

  6. Amy: Yeah, it really is!

    Shayla: It was pretty fast, but it's pretty long, too!

    Tasch: Thank you ^^

    Amanda: LOL, nice, nice :P

    Alexa: Thank you!!

    Sadako: Yeah, she did, but I hadn't seen that episode when I wrote that, lol.

  7. Your review was Shigoogley! I'm going to start saying that word. Shigoogley, shigoogley, shigoogley. I love when characters in books make up words like E Lockhart's books which I think you mentioned. Forgive me for my short memory loss. Rabbit Fever, mocha latte, and spankin'. I would to have someone were we had our own little language from all the books that made up words. It would be hilarious, just imagining like there this hot guy standing beside you and you say out loud in front of everyone that your getting rabbit fever right about now. Hehe that would be so fun and funny. This review was shigoogley with how descriptive and in depth it is. You made me want to go get the book. Oh and I agree I don't like the cover either.


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