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Review: I, Lorelei

December 26, 2008


Lorelei Lee Connelly is a precocious 11¼ year old.  She knows she’s going to be famous, so she decides to keep a diary to remember everything that happens to her and to make thing easier on future biographers.  Since her English teacher says you should write to an audience, Lorelei writes her diary as a series of letters to her beloved cat, Mud, who has just died.

As I, Lorelei, by Yeardley Smith, opens Lorelei leads a pretty normal life for an 11 year old – she goes to school, fights with her siblings, tries to avoid the bully at school and plays with her best friend.  Lorelei tries out for the school play, Peter Pan and her mother desperately wants her to be Wendy since she played Wendy in the play in college.  Lorelei lands the role of Tiger Lily and does a great job.  She’s dealing with her first crush and her parents’ relationship is unraveling.  No one is communicating with Lorelei and her brothers, so they become closer and start taking care of each other.

I love this Young Adult book.  Lorelei is a smart, strong and independent young lady and is a great character for girls to read about.  This is an endearing tale of a child trying to cope with grown-up problems.  I, Lorelei will be published by Harper Collins on January 27.

Yeardley Smith is best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson.  She’s married and has one cat.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2008 8:09 am

    This sounds very, very enjoyable! And that cover is so cute.

  2. December 26, 2008 8:39 am

    Nice review. Sounds like a good read.

  3. December 26, 2008 9:04 am

    I really liked it too. (I put my review on Librarything.) I loved the little cat drawings on every chapter head too!

  4. December 26, 2008 10:57 am

    I also loved this one. It was a great read for adults and I’m positive the younger crowd would love it too.

  5. December 26, 2008 11:41 am

    My sister’s name is Lorelei! I will have to get this book for her birthday!

  6. December 26, 2008 2:04 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I’ll be reviewing it sometime in January.

  7. December 26, 2008 3:24 pm

    This sounds like a great book. I have it on my review pile and I wish that the cover on the ARC looked like the photo you shared, it looks adorable.

  8. December 26, 2008 4:21 pm

    Sounds really cute 🙂 Thanks for the review.

  9. December 26, 2008 8:35 pm

    This was a wonderful book – I clicked with Lorelei immediately. I haven’t yet posted my review, so I’m skimming here until I finalize mine ….

  10. December 26, 2008 11:21 pm

    I loved this book! And it’s nice to see the cover art is now official!

  11. December 27, 2008 6:25 am

    This book was better than the last three adult books I have read. I actually laughed out loud numerous times. Great review! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  12. December 27, 2008 12:48 pm

    Sounds like a fun read. I hope to check this one out soon.

  13. December 27, 2008 6:39 pm

    Sounds like a cute story. I loved Yeardley Smith when I was a kid but I haven’t watched The Simpsons in years 😦

  14. January 20, 2009 6:36 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I linked to this post on The Wild Rumpus Starts

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