Monday, January 12, 2015

Lexi's Pathetic Fictional Love Life Blog Tour

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Welcome to the blog tour for Lexi's Pathetic Fictional Love Life by Jo Noelle!

Lexi's Pathetic Fictional Love Life
 

Lexi Middleton has been socially invisible to her classmates, but starting her junior year, that’s going to change. First, she’s determined to hook a boyfriend, ensuring dates with flowers and possible kisses on the doorstep. Second, she wants to be a writer for the school paper, even though it freaks her out to think of everyone judging her by her punctuation and metaphors. High school is difficult enough—keeping up her grades, dealing with increasing sibling rivalry, and trying to stay out of the way of her personal nemesis, Amberlee—but when Lexi catches the eye of her long-time crush, she also becomes the focus of mean-girl tactics. Caught between who she was and who she wants to be, Lexi must decide how to confront a bully, and choose who to let into her heart.

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Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also spent time in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids. She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking especially for desserts, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains. Oh, and by the way, she’s two people— Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team. They began writing separately several years ago but found the process much more fun when they started collaborating. They are debut authors, with Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life as their first completed work. Other titles include Newbie and Damnation. Deanna attended college before marrying and starting her family. Canda received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Reading Specialist endorsement, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her day job focuses on teaching teachers and children about literacy.


Review:

Lexi Middleton has a very wonderful life...in her mind. In real life she feels like an outcast, especially compared to her perfect sister. Lexi retreats to the world where she writes characters that live out the fantasies she imagines. When reality and her creations start to collide though, Lexi finds out that sometimes things don't always work out the way you thought they would. Sometimes the boy of your dreams is is not what he seemed, and the boy next is something more. Lexi will have to navigate it all if she's going to survive high school.

Lexi is a fun gal. Someone I'd probably be friends with. She has a tight group of friends who have been there for her through thick and thin. Included in this group is her very best friend Gabe. Gabe and Lexi just get each other even though they are so different. Things have been a little weird lately though. They rest of their group and been acting strange and asking weird questions to Lexi and Gabe. Lexi may not have gotten what was going on, but I sure did. It was still super fun to watch Lexi slowly work through what she really wants. Lexi was interesting in that she was able to show remarkable cluelessness and maturity almost simultaneously. She's very into a boy in her classes, but she processes everything that goes on with him rather well for the most part.

One major plot point deals with Lexi and her sister Tifani. They are almost complete opposites. Lexi sees Tifani as always trying to take what she has, and in some ways that seems to be true. However, I wish Lexi had taken more ownership for her own behavior towards her sister as well. I mean, she wasn't exactly blameless. Overall Lexi had a problem with communication. I feel like she did learn and grow some through the book though. Once I got into this story I didn't want to stop. In some ways it's almost two books in one- the story about Lexi and the story written by Lexi. If you want a fun yet sweet read, check this one out.

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1 comment:

Jo Noelle said...

Thanks for sharing the news about Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life. When we wrote the book, we envisioned our readers to be 13-16 year old girls, though we know that many others may pick up the book too. We hope you and your followers enjoy Lexi’s story.