The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet

Revised-Life-Ellie-Sweet-COVER1Book Review: The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet

Author: Stephanie Morrill

Review by Grace Olson 

Christmas is almost here! That’s crazy. They weren’t lying when they coined the phrase “time flies” (and if any of you are wondering who “they” is, Google it). Which also means my birthday is almost here as well, since I’m a December baby. I thought it might be fun to share a bit of what’s on my wish list, since it’s mostly made up of books. Here’s a sneak peek:

The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen. The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson. The Extroverted Writer: An Author’s Guide to Marketing and Building a Platform by Amanda Luedeke.

If anyone has been listening to my not-so-subtle hints, I should have a very literary Christmas. But enough about that, let’s delve into The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet.

The Story

Taken from Amazon’s website synopsis of The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet:

Don’t get even. Write a novel.

Ellie Sweet is a lot of things—good girl, novelist, silent adorer of the new boy at school, Palmer. But when “outcast” gets added to the list, she decides it’s time to take reality into her own hands … and tweak it as needed.

In the pages of her book, she’s Lady Gabrielle, favorite of the medieval Italian court. Her once-friends are reduced to catty ladies-in-waiting, and the too-charming Palmer—who in real life never spares her a second word—gets to be nothing more than a rake wracked by unrequited love for her. She even has a perfect real-life villain in the brooding Chase, who hails from the wrong side of town.

But just when she’s getting along great in her fictional world, the real one throws her a few curves. With Chase pursuing her, Palmer wanting to date her—but in secret—and the details of her manuscript going public, Ellie suddenly receives more attention than she ever really wanted. And when her former-friends discover what she’s been writing, they’re determined to teach Ellie a lesson about the severe consequences of using her pen as her sword.

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This is the first book I have read by Morrill, and I absolutely loved it! I think part of the reason was the fact that Ellie is a writer, and I could identify with her in so many different ways as she progressed in her writing journey. Teens who don’t know the first thing about writing will also enjoy this read, though, since Ellie experiences the same things that teens in schools everywhere do: complicated relationships. Yet she is able to muddle her way through the mess and come out on top.

The tone of this book is light and fun, not overly heavy, but perfect for a lazy winter afternoon when all you want to do is eat chocolate and where your fuzzy socks around the house.

As far as romance, the ever-popular love triangle showed up. While I sometimes find this very annoying since I’ve seen it done poorly in other books, I enjoyed it in The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, and it wasn’t a detriment to me while I read the book.

About the Author 

Biography from Amazon’s website: Stephanie Morrill is a twenty-something living in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and two kids. Her only talents are reading, writing, and drinking coffee, so career options were somewhat limited. Fortunately, she discovered a passion for young adult novels and has been writing them ever since. Stephanie is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series and is currently working on other young adult projects. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog http://www.GoTeenWriters.com. ~ To learn more about her and the other books she has written, visit her web page:http://www.stephaniemorrill.com/

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I read The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet in two days, I just hadn’t gotten around to writing up a review on it yet, but this book has found a permanent home on my bookshelf. Or, rather, my digital bookshelf, since I have the book on my Kindle. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, sometimes romantic read about a girl who isn’t that different than the rest of us, even if she does do that crazy thing called writing books.

There is a crazy deal going on at Amazon right now, and The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet is only $.99 for your Kindle! If you’re even the slightest bit hesitant about buying this book, you can read an excerpt from the book on Amazon, to make sure you love it.

The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet is available for download or paper copy.

A little side note, did any of you go see Frozen? I’d like to hear what your impression of the movie was. Also, do you have any books on your Christmas wish list that you are dying to read? I’d love to hear what you’re reading/wanting to read. I might just have to add it last-minute to my list.

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