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thisismefromnowonThis Is Me From Now On by Barbara Dee

Published by Aladdin (Division of Simon & Schuster)

Publication Date: April 27, 2010

Pages: 272

Ages: 9-12

Publishers Summary: Sometimes your life just needs a little jolt.
This is what Evie’s new friend Francesca tells her, and soon enough, Evie’s life has had something more like an earthquake. Francesca thinks life is dull unless you go after everything you want and say everything on your mind all the time–and sometimes that includes giving other people a little behind the scenes help to give them what she thinks they want.
Evie can’t always tell if she’s horrified or fascinated by everything Francesca convinces her to do, but ultimately, she comes to see friendship–and life–in a whole new light.

Stayed tuned for a very special giveaway along with Gina from Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers to celebrate the release of This Is Me From Now On by Barbara Dee!


“In almost everyone’s life there’s that one person, the one who changes you for better or worse. They aren’t always someone you love or even hate. Sometimes they aren’t even someone you talk to, but someone who you’ve seen from afar. They manage to change the tilt of the world just slightly, it seems, and before you know it your attitude about everything is different. This is was Francesca becomes for Evie and in Evie’s case she finds the truest friend she could have ever hoped for.

This Is Me From Now On is one of those books that I fell into and didn’t get up from until the very last page. In the beginning pages of the book I couldn’t help but feel that the writing actually reminded me of what I read in When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (who, as many of you know, won the Newbery Award this year). It was wonderful. There was an immediate connection with each of the characters, but most of all Evie and Francesca. Barbara Dee is definitely an author to watch for and enjoy.

“As for the story itself, I loved it. As I mentioned it reminded me a lot of When You Reach Me with a bit of The Babysitters Club thrown in. Evie’s new neighbor and now ‘friend’, Francesca, is something of an anomaly. Her clothes are odd, her behavior is sporadic at best and she doesn’t seem to have a care in the world with the exception of being consumed with love and fate. Evie, on the other hand, has grown up under the spotlight of her honor-roll straight A older sister and is expected to do just as well. So, needless to say, when she is partnered with Francesca for an important school project it’s not the optimal scenario she was hoping for.

“Through a series of silly and sometimes laughable situations Evie and Francesca begin to understand each other. Their friendship, though sometimes unconventional, becomes something they both cherish and for completely different reasons.

“I absolutely adored this book. It’s perfect for middle grade readers all the way through adults because I believe there are valuable lessons to be learned and it’s also a really fun read. Sometimes we all can get stuck in a rut, with our heads to focused on a specific outcome and it’s nice to have a ‘Francesca’ by our side to occasionally change our perspective. And then, there are those of us with our heads continually in the clouds who sometimes need a little nudge from the ‘Evie’s’ in our lives. Sometimes we do need a little jolt and this book is exactly that, a little jolt and an enjoyable one at that. I highly recommend this book and encourage everyone in need of their own ‘jolt’ to pick it up!”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 9 and up (all the way to adults). Readers of Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me will absolutely adore this book!

For the Comments: Is there someone like that in your life now or in the past that’s affected you in such a way that you are forever changed? Who and how so?

Links of Interest:
Author – Barbara Dee
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – On Twitter
There’s A Book – On Twitter

Giveaway! ONE Lucky Winner will win there very own “Swag Bag” that includes some of Evie and Francesca’s favorite things courtesy of Barbara Dee as well as a copy of This Is Me From Now On courtesy of There’s A Book! Open until April 26, 2010 at midnight EST. US/Canada Residents only.

Please fill out the form to enter the Giveaway and make sure to stop by Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers for another chance to win!

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12 Responses to This Is Me From Now On by Barbara Dee Review and Giveaway

  1. Gina says:

    Awesome post! It’s amazing to see the different takes on a book (what jumps out at you, the messages you walk away with, what it reminds you of, etc…) even between two bloggers…but it looks like you enjoyed your visit with these memorable friends as well.

    Can’t say I’ve been lucky enough to have one friend change me similar to these two…but I have several that are definitely making a dent… ^_^
    Happy reading!
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..The Roving Reader =-.

  2. Teresa says:

    This sounds interesting.
    .-= Teresa´s last blog ..The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser =-.

  3. I’d love to win this book, I really enjoyed browsing through the author’s website, she seems like a really fun author.
    .-= Kate the Book Buff´s last blog ..The Dark Tide =-.

  4. Darcie K says:

    I would love to read this! Sounds awesome. Thanks for the chance!

  5. This looks really good – I appreciate the recommendation!

  6. Jen Vincent says:

    I loved the video of her talking about writing the book…that got me hooked! It looks like a fun book!
    .-= Jen Vincent´s last blog ..Stormbreaker =-.

  7. Kathy says:

    This sounds like a great summer read for my daughter. Thank you for the giveaway.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Book Blogger Hop April 16 =-.

  8. Amused says:

    This book sounds so cute! I’ll have to check it out and I loved the in depth author interview as well. Really gave a well rounded view on everything!

    BTW, I am really looking forward to meeting you this weekend in LA at the book festival!
    .-= Amused´s last blog ..Moo =-.

  9. Julie P. says:

    Great review! It was a wonderful book!
    .-= Julie P.´s last blog ..Kid Konnection – Review: This Is Me From Now On =-.

  10. Elise says:

    Nice giveaway.

    I am a follower.
    Elise @

  11. Melissa says:

    Thanks for letting me know about the contest Danielle! I really liked the opening of your post – makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside thinking about people who are that important to me.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..White Oleander, or What I Secretly Call A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman =-.

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