Thursday, May 31, 2012

Deb Hanrahan Tour

Lindsey, a high school freshman, views her new school as a place to start over. With the help of her friends, she hopes that a change in her wardrobe will prompt a change in her image. She has some success until her long-time nemesis, Avery, reminds Lindsey of her place. Without asking for help from the adults, the main character and her friends struggle to manage the bullying. Despite their efforts, tensions rise, and people get hurt. The ending of this book will leave the reader shocked and heartbroken. Changing My Wardrobe is a cautionary tale about the immutable problem of bullying. This story not only looks at bullying from the victim's point of view but also explores the motives behind the aggressors’ actions. Changing My Wardrobe demonstrates the fluid and complex nature of bullying by shining a light on the contributing factor of social media.

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Incoming freshman, Lindsey Ames, wants to take Italian, and she wants to join the National Honor Society.

She wants a new image, and she wants better clothes.

She wants Avery to stop tormenting her, and she wants Marco to ask her out.

She wants Jocelyn to go away, but she wants Grouper to be happy.

She wants to save Teeny's reputation, but she doesn't want to lose everything.

Will Lindsey find the courage to stand up to her enemies before it's too late?

Tifferz Take-
Lindsey is a likable freshman who I think a lot of girls could relate to. Lindsey has a great friendship with Teeny. But is it strong enough to overcome betrayal? I think that things have changed a bit since I went to High School and I think this story gave me a good perspective as a parent. I totally would read this strikingly tragic story. I would have some tissue near. I do not normally cry but I did shed some tears with this story. My heart broke a little tonight.Changing Wardrobe is a compelling novel that will give you a glimpse of how bullying,  being deserted and how death of  loved ones change and effect us.  This is an enjoyable read that had some unexpected events. I was very surprised at the ending. I just did not see that happening. A great read that make you really reflect on life and what is really important.  Changing Wardrobe has left a lasting impression on me. This is a clean YA read with no sex but it does contain swearing.

Source: RABT for review.

Guest Post
Authors that Have Inspired Me

Most of the authors that have influenced the way I live are non-fiction writers. Some of my favorites are Helen Fisher author of Why Him, Why Her; Gary Chapman author of The Five Languages of Love: Michael Pollen author of Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, and Dan Buettner author of The Blue Zones. I’m a sucker for self-help books and books about health. But the three fiction authors that I absolutely love are Jane Austen, Anne Tyler, and Stephen King.

I know, Jane Austen…such a cliché. But I really do love her books. I’ve read all of them except for Mansfield Park, and I plan to read that one someday. I love Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, but I like Persuasion the best. I’m not crazy about the Jane Austen knock off books; I’ve tried a few and can’t get into them.

I’ve read many of Anne Tyler’s stories. I liked Accidental Tourist, but my favorite is Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. I love the way Anne Tyler uses point of view. I always feel as if I’m in the characters' heads.

Stephen King blows my mind. His characters are so real and detailed. The first Stephen King book I read was Pet Cemetery. The beginning was slow, but once that cat died, I couldn’t put the book down. I finished it in one night instead of studying for my finals. It took me over a year to read It. That book gave me nightmares and many sleepless nights. I had to put it aside every now and then, so I could sleep. My favorite Stephen King story so far is Thinner. I loved that ending. I just finished On Writing. I highly recommend this book for writers. I’m currently reading The Stand and loving it.

Finally, I have to give props to the first author that touched my soul—Judy Blume. As a kid, I didn’t read a lot for pleasure. Most of my reading was done for school. I didn’t mind reading, but it was something I had to do. The very first book that I really connected with was Deenie. That book changed the way I viewed reading forever. Thanks Judy!

Author Bio

I live with my husband and three teenagers in the Chicagoland burbs. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Chemistry, I worked at a nuclear power plant for five years. I then left my career to stay at home with my three kids.

Seemingly, overnight, I went from being crazy-busy to having way too much time on my hands. With my husband working long hours and my kids pursuing their own lives, I had to reinvent myself. So, I decided to write that book I always wanted to write. Changing My Wardrobe is my first novel



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  1. Couldn't agree more, CMW is a wonderful book for parents and kids alike. I really just can't say enough how awesome this book is, which is why I gave it to my daughter who finished it over a weekend - and demanding a sequel!

    Deb, love Anne Tyler too. I can pick up any of her novels, and within the first few pages I feel completely enveloped in the characters story. I can only hope to be a fraction of the writer she is!

    1. Seems like we have a lot in common Darian.

  2. Hey Tifferz,
    Thanks for reading and reviewing CMW. I love your blog.

    1. You are welcome Deb! I can't wait to get my hands on another book by you! Have a lovely day!