Monday, June 26, 2017

Bella Thorne's Autumn Falls Series....Teen Angst, Grief, Friendship, Teasing


Bella Thorne's 
Autumn Falls Series.... Review is for the First Book

According to the description on Amazon: "With her fiery red hair, new-girl outsider status, and tendency to be a total klutz, Autumn Falls definitely isn’t flying below the radar at Aventura High."

THAT WAS ME TOTALLY!!! ...and I also lived through a barrage of teasing about my name! So, of course I had to pick up this debut novel by Disney Channel's Bella Thorne - you know her as a dancer on Disney's "Shake It Up".

I am no longer in the prime range for this book but because I coordinate a Teen Author stage at a local Children's Book Festival I know what to expect from Teen & YA books.

It was an easy read and there is enough going on to keep any teen involved - recommended age is 12 and up but this book is safe for any tween or advanced reader over 10.

While this girl's life becomes crazy and goes completely upside down, there is a touching second story line involving Autumn's recently deceased Father - especially when she starts using his journal to voice her thoughts and dreams.

Topics - Teen Angst, Grief, Friendship, Teasing

Love this blurb from Seventeen Magazine, after all THAT is the audience for this book!
"You'll be obsessed with Autumn Falls. It has basically everything you could ever want: a lovable klutz for a main character, a total heartthrob, and just a touch of magic."

Description from Amazon:New friends, new enemies . . . can a magical journal change Autumn's crazy life? This funny and sweet novel by FAMOUS IN LOVE star Bella Thorne—is perfect for fans of Girl Online, Liv and Maddie: Cali Style, Descendants, and anyone looking for an entertaining read with just a touch of magic!

With her fiery red hair, new-girl outsider status, and tendency to be a total klutz, Autumn Falls definitely isn’t flying below the radar at Aventura High. Luckily, she makes some genuine friends who take her under their wing. But she also manages to get on the wrong side of the school’s queen bee, and then finds out the guy she’s started to like, funny and sweet Sean, hangs with the mean crowd. Now her rep and her potential love life are at stake.

When Autumn vents her feelings in a journal that belonged to her late father, suddenly her wildest wishes start coming true. Is it coincidence? Or can writing in the journal solve all her problems? And if the journal doesn’t work that way, is there a bigger purpose for it—and for her?

Filled with personal elements from Bella’s own life, AUTUMN FALLS is the first book in Bella Thorne’s new series! It has everything readers will love and relate to: a real girl trying to find her own inner strength and be the best she can be, with a hint of magic and mystery, and a steady stream of OMG-I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened fun.

About the Author - Bella Thorne is an actress and an emerging style icon, with over nine million likes on Facebook, six million followers on Twitter, and over fifteen million followers on Instagram. Her positive energy, her stay-true-to-yourself message, and her amazing family, plus the love of all the bellarinas/-os around the world, are the driving forces behind everything she does.

LUCKY BROKEN GIRL - Should Be Required Reading in Every High School

by Ruth Behar

 Should Be Required Reading 
in Every High School

I don't know if it is the timeliness of this book or just the heart of Ruthie, but this book touched me profoundly.

The author's timing couldn't have been more perfect, though as an Anthropologist I think she may have thought about the affect it might have this highly politicized world we are living in.

The story of Ruthie Mizrahi, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant who is just beginning to realize her "American Dream", is forever changed in the blink of an eye when an accident leaves her in a body cast. A richly painted book...while reading "Lucky Broken Girl", you achieve a vibrant, "fully colored" view of the world around her through Ruthie's eyes....a world that goes suddenly grey.

This book should be required reading in every high school - the historic setting will compliment any school lessons, and it teaches so many lessons that developing humans should learn:

Going beyond the tolerance of people different than us to embracing the things that make us different;
The ways in which a relationship changes when you go from parent to caretaker;
How when your world shrinks to the size of a room, the smallest gesture means so much;
The very real battle to find forgiveness;
...and the immensely fulfilling role the arts can play when we move the focus from ourselves.

If this freshman effort is any indication, I personally can't wait for more from Ruth Behar!


“A book for anyone mending from childhood wounds.”—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative—based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s—a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie’s plight will intrigue readers, and her powerful story of strength and resilience, full of color, light, and poignancy, will stay with them for a long time.

Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro’s Cuba to New York City. Just when she’s finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English—and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood’s hopscotch queen—a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery. As Ruthie’s world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger and she comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Ruth Behar ( is an acclaimed author of adult fiction and nonfiction, and Lucky Broken Girl is her first book for young readers. She was born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in New York City, and has also lived and worked in Spain and Mexico. An anthropology professor at the University of Michigan, she is also co-editor of Women Writing Culture, editor of Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba, and co-editor of The Portable Island: Cubans at Home in the World. Her honors include a MacArthur “Genius” Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University. Much in demand as a public speaker, Ruth’s speaking engagements have taken her to the United States, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Finland, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Poland, England, the Netherlands, Japan, and New Zealand. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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