Tweens Read Too 2015 Recap

Tweens Read Too was the year when I really started to focus on Tweens Read Too, and I’m so glad that I did! I had a lot of fun with this blog this year, and I have big goals for next year. My achievements, statistics and 2016 goals are below:

Achievements

Statistics (Between 1/1/15 and 12/28/15)

  • 3,240 pageviews
  • 168 WordPress, Bloglovin’ and Email followers
  • 495 Twitter followers
  • 58 Facebook likes

2016 Goals

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Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley

All her life, Imogene has been known as the girl on THAT blog.

Imogene’s mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing, and incredibly popular, blog about her since before she was born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when Imogene had her first period. Imogene’s crush saw her “before and after” orthodontia photos. But Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her, in gruesome detail, against her will.

When a mandatory school project compels Imogene to start her own blog, Imogene is reluctant to expose even more of her life online…until she realizes that the project is the opportunity she’s been waiting for to tell the truth about her life under the virtual microscope and to define herself for the first time.

Don’t Call Me Baby is a sharply observed and irrepressibly charming story about mothers and daughters, best friends and first crushes, and the surface-level identities we show the world online and the truth you can see only in real life.

Description taken from Goodreads. 

Being a blogger, I love YA books about blogging. It’s just kind of funny to me. It’s interesting to see how far the author goes into the blogger world, how relationships online work, how relationships with other real-life people work, what friends understand and don’t understand and the whole business of what their character is blogging about.

When I first heard about this book from two blogger friends of mine, Nikki @ Fiction Freak and Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, I knew I had to check out this book.

First thing about this book–as a teenager myself, I can’t help but feel like Imogene’s mom does cross a few privacy boundaries. It’s not anything that impacted the book; in fact, I feel like the book was stronger because I could feel exactly what Imogene was feeling and thinking at the time. It was easier to understand where Imogene was coming from, but at the same time I could get a good feel for where Imogene’s mom was coming from as well, being a blogger.

While I did really appreciate the characters to this story and how truly perfectly they fit into their roles for their story, I did think that Imogene was bratty and immature at times. I also thought that her mom was at worst insensitive and oblivious at times. So the characters that truly take the cake for the best in this story (for me) were Imogene’s golf-loving grandmother who lives in the basement of Imogene’s house and Sage, Imogene’s best friend, whose mom happens to be a vegan blogger. These two sidekicks were hilarious, provided some much-needed comic relief, helped the story to make sense and were well-explored as characters.

The only other shortcoming for me for this book were the ending. While the plot is fun, the book is entertaining, the writing is good and the romance is acceptable, the ending fell short for me. I wanted to see some real resolution. While I enjoyed the Hallmark moment ending for Imogene, Sage, their crushes and their moms, what about Imogene’s dad who lost the big project they were working on? What about the well-being of the family? I had a few questions I wanted answering and parts to the ending I thought could be stronger, but overall this was a fun read that demonstrates a lot of the perks to being a blogger and the ups and downs of it. If this book ever had a sequel (which I would be open to) I would love for Imogene’s blogger life to be explored a little bit more and for those questions to be answered. All in all, 3.5 stars.

**Edit 7/16/2014**

So I just found out BlogHer is actually a thing. Huh. You learn something new everyday. XD If anyone’s been to BlogHer, how was it? Comment below!

pg count for the paperback: 304

Sew Zoey: Ready To Wear by Chloe Taylor: A Cute, Fun Book

Over the summer, fashion-loving Zoey Webber gets the best news ever: Her middle school is getting rid of uniforms! There’s just one problem. Zoey has sketchbooks full of fashion designs, but nothing to wear! So with a little help from her best friends Kate and Priti, she learns to make her own clothes. She even begins to post her fashion design sketches online in a blog. That’s how the Sew Zoey blog begins, and soon it becomes much more.

Zoey’s quirky style makes her a bit of a misfit at middle school, but her Sew Zoey blog quickly gains a dedicated following. Real fashion designers start to read it! Yet even as her blog takes off, Zoey still has to deal with homework, crushes, and P.E. class. And when the principal asks her to design a dress for the school’s fashion-show fund-raiser, Zoey can’t wait to start sewing! But what will happen when her two worlds collide?

Honestly, this book is so cute. I just can’t find another word for it. Just the way this story is written and how Zoey does all her fashions, I thought this was a really fun, quick read.

I’m a t-shirt, jeans, jacket, sneakers person just about year-round. So I’m not super big into the fashion scheme of things. It was still amusing for me though, to read about Zoey and her endeavors into the fashion world. It was pretty cool how she had her blog and was able to do so much with it, the only thing is–blogs don’t gather themselves together that quickly.

As a person who manages and runs six blogs, I understand that after a few posts, if your material is good–a few followers come streaming in. It goes pretty well after that. Things build steadily but slowly. You hit highs and lows. I just didn’t think that Zoey’s blog and the sheer growth of it all, especially because there are so many fashion blogs out there already, was super realistic.

I loved Zoey’s little journey and how everything turned out. I thought this book was really creative and has a lot of potential as a series. 4.5 stars.

pg count for the ebook:176