Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Della Says: OMG! by Keris Stainton

I was so happy when I won a copy of this book on Love Reading! I follow author Keris Stainton on Twitter and her updates are always humorous and quirky, so I couldn't wait to see what her writing was like.

I wasn't disappointed. I devoured Della Says: OMG! in a few hours, unable to stop for a second.


Here's the synopsis:

Della’s over the moon when she kisses her long-standing crush at a party – but then she discovers her diary has disappeared... When scans of embarrassing pages are sent to her mobile and appear on Facebook, Della’s distraught – how can she enjoy her first proper romance when someone, somewhere, knows all her deepest, darkest secrets?

What a great concept! Can you imagine your diary disappearing, only to appear on Facebook?

But for me the real strength of this book is Della. She's a smart, forthright teenager I couldn't help but connect with -- and giggle along with some of her discoveries (like when she finds out men have nipples, too!). She deals with all the ups and downs of adolescence, but not in the whingy way that has turned me off some YA protagonists. I loved seeing her relationship with Dan develop and grow despite the difficulties they faced. I wish I had a Dan growing up!

For anyone who writes YA and is looking for a great example to study, this is it!

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38 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book with a fantastic premise. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great review Talli!!! I'm definitely going to get my hands on this book, I knew you loved it when you told me the other day but after seeing your review I know it's a must read!!!

    Thanks!

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  3. A great fun book! Thanks for the review.

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  4. Ooh! Something about the way you described this reminded me of the Georgia Nicolson books by Louise Rennison. It sounds funny and refreshing! :)

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  5. I love the sound of this book! I will definitely have to add it to my wishlist. Great review

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  8. It sounds like a great book to me; I've been reading a few light hearted books recently instead of the usual paranormal ones.

    CJ xx

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  9. It sounds like the story has lots of energy, with just the right dose of teen drama thrown in the mix too :)

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  10. Enjoyed the review. This sounds like a very good read.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  11. with all the tech modes of communication these days, the premise is sure to catch on.

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  12. Thanks for the comments, everyone! Forgot to mention in my review that Meg Cabot has endorsed it, too!

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  13. The book sounds interesting! I'd be mortified if my journal showed up online. I accidentally left mine in a coffeehouse once, and when I went back to get it I felt sure that the baristas were giving each other knowing looks.

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  14. Sounds great! I'm going to look for this book for sure!

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  15. My journal is pretty boring. I just write observations and stuff. I don't even put names in there. So if someone found it entertaining enough, yay for them.

    Don't you just love devouring books in a few hours??

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  16. yay awesome recommendation! must add it to my pile!! :D

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  17. Sounds like a great book - thanks for the tip! I love when you just can't put down the book!

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  18. Thanks for sharing! It's always a good thing when you can't put the book down!

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  19. Okay, I'll look for it at the library here next time I go. Sounds fun : )

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  20. Thank you for this fabulous review, Talli! The book has a great premise (such a nightmare! I'd die of embarrassment), and sounds like a fun book. And the cover's lovely.

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  21. Sounds like a funny premise for a good book. Thanks for another great post. Love visiting your blog, Talli.

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  22. Lovely review Talli and Della seems so innocent...she's probably a late bloomer as well which is great , i was too. Yeah i can't imagine my diary and all my dirty laundry displayed on Facebook, it would be devastating.

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  23. Sounds like a fab book!! Thanks for the review Talli :-)

    C x

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  24. Men have nipples?!?!?!

    :-)

    p.s thanks for the review!! Sounds great!

    Take care
    x

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  25. That sounds really good.

    When I was around 14, my friends and I wrote in a diary of sorts that got stolen by some mean girls. What a stressful time until they gave it back. That was before FB!

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  26. Making note to order this book immediately!!! :)

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  27. Sounds good! Thanks for the review, and I heart the Book Depository!

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  28. Nice review, Talli. She sounds like a refreshing character in the YA genre.

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  29. Talli, I ordered the book too and have had it sitting on my bedside table for weeks now. You've prompted me to turn the pages...

    Milt's Muttie x

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  30. This sounds like a great book - I am definitely going to check it out!

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  31. Great review! Sounds like something I'd like so thanks! Adding to my 'order' list!

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  32. Oh man,having your diary entries posted on Facebook. I'm getting anxiety just thinking about it. I'm also thinking about burning all of mine.

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  33. Wow, thanks for the fabulous review and all the lovely comments!

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  34. OMG! My book list is longer and I'm trying my best to read the stacks I have already - but I cannot resist! ;)

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  35. This book sounds like so much fun, and I'm definitely going to wrangle myself a copy as soon as I have money again! :(

    Have you ever seen 'Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging' (new-ish movie)? Something about your review of this book makes me think the tone/general fun-ness of the book will be very similar to 'Angus', which I loved!

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