Notes From the Blender

Notes From the Blender

Book - 2011
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Two teenagers--a heavy-metal-music-loving boy who is still mourning the death of his mother years earlier, and a beautiful, popular girl whose parents divorced because her father is gay--try to negotiate the complications of family and peer relationships as they get to know each other after learning that their father and mother are marrying each other.
Publisher: New York : Egmont USA, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781606841402
Characteristics: 229 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Halpin, Brendan 1968-


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olive_lion_9 Aug 05, 2013

Was kinda boring. Totally not my type of book

Apr 09, 2012

Declan, a 16-year old social outcast, just wants to be left alone to deal with his horniness in peace. Neilly Foster is his completely hot classmate, and just dumped by her Jerky McJockerson boyfriend. The two should never have crossed paths, but Declan’s dad and Neilly’s mom have one thing in common: they’re totally in love … and they’re totally getting married. This new family is sure to be headed for a doozy of a disastrous time.

From Declan and Neilly’s alternate first-person perspectives we get a glimpse of the real, emotional (and humorous) repercussions of dealing with a modern-day blended family. While Declan’s many references to masterbation may be too much for some, the novel approaches teen problems like death, bullying, partying, religion, racism, homophobia and friendship with a heartfelt, tame--even righteous tone. Grades 8-11.

BPLNextBestTeens Feb 23, 2012

Declan is a hormonal sophomore who still hasn’t gotten over his mother’s accidental death years ago. Dec spends his time listening to death metal music, playing violent video games and obsessing about the cutest junior in his high school, Neilly. Neilly is recently single, self-confidant and tough; she had to be after her Dad came out and divorced her mom. Neilly doesn’t know who Dec is, but that all changes when their parents decide to get married. Not only that, they are expecting a child together!

This funny novel is written from alternating points of view and navigates the realistic emotions felt by Dec and Neilly as their families blend. Helped along by Dec’s lesbian Aunt Sarah, the teens form an unlikely friendship and handle the curves that life has thrown at them. This moving novel touches on many issues that teens today must face.


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