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May 12, 2015 • Cee • Lists

essentialreading

Do you ever wonder about what books shaped the lives of the characters you read about? What were Kami Glass from The Lynburn Legacy, Seth from More Than This, or Taylor Markham from Jellicoe Road reading? What books did they love?

In Essential Reading, readers and authors share five to seven books (children’s, YA, general fiction, romances, nonfiction, and all) that they or their characters love, or has impacted their lives or their characters’s lives.

Guess what comes out today? Making Perfect by Corey Ann Haydu!

And you know what’s the best way to celebrate this book’s birthday (other than buying the book, which you should do!)? Check out the books on the main character Montana’s essential reading list!

Corey Ann Haydu put together this great list of books that lets you see what type of person Montana is. You’ll see books that are set in New York City (which is where Making Pretty is based in)—books that Montana would closely identify with because it has themes and issues she’d go through like sibling relationships, friendships, and finding oneself. You will want to know more about her!

Get to know Montana through the books she would read! (Don’t forget to wish Corey a happy book birthday!)

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March 14, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

life by committee

Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
May 13, 2014
Dial Books For Young Readers
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Some secrets are too good to keep.

Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat.

Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.

Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.

Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.

But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?

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First Sentence: “Hey, Tabitha? I have a secret, Joe types.”

One word to describe this book that everybody will agree on: Messy. (The good kind.)

Life By Committee follows the story of Tabitha, a young teenager who’s friends drop her because she “changed” and got hot, as she tries to deal with the many secrets that she keeps like how she’s in love with Joe, another girl’s boyfriend. Then, she finds Life By Committee, a support-like group that exchanges secrets for assignments that may empower the members through encouragements and bad advices.

It’s about growing into the person you want to be and taking risks even if the outcome isn’t ideal. You may find some strength in it.

Six Things I Liked About Life By Committee that I Think Readers Will Like Too

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