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Flashcards of My LifeReview - Flashcards of My Life
by Charise Mericle Harper
Little, Brown Young Readers, 2006
Review by Patricia Ball
Aug 8th 2006 (Volume 10, Issue 32)

Flashcards of My Life is a great book, not just for its story (which is a cute, funny one!) but also for the pictures and illustrations.

Our story begins with Emily, who is the main character, receives a set of blank cards from her Aunt Chester, called "Flashcards of My Life," with headings like "Kiss," "Friends," "Regrets" and "Denial.†† She has a hard time filling them in. Soon enough, though, Emily fills her cards with funny, smart and surprisingly thoughtful reflections on her life's crazy ups and downs.

She has plenty to write about; after all she is a teenager with typical teenage problems.† One of her problems is her parents, who she thinks are weird, one minute they’re at each other throat and the next minute normal, which makes Emily ill.† Her mother stays on the narrow road of dieting by making only desserts with nuts in them, since she's allergic. Her dad, though a good guy is still totally oblivious to her mom's moods, which ends in alternate "I'm ignoring you"/"we're in love”.

In her more social life Emily is presented with normal problems like, her best friend Sandra who hangs out with Becca only if Emily is there, too. Then there are the two Sarah’s, who are friends with each other and with Emily, but not with Sandra or Becca -- very confusing.† Emily has a crush on Andrew but doesn’t know if Andrew has a crush on her.† Sandra is acting weird also.

Emily puts all her worries together in her journal and finds out through all her obsessing over the list of hobbies, what to do, what to say, how to act and life is pretty complicated, that life isn’t about that at all.† Thanks to her Aunt Chester, Emily realizes by filling in the flashcards that her life is pretty good.

This is a book geared more towards pre-teen or younger teens.† It’s a humorous quick read story.† So, if you want to tickle your funny bone, I’d recommend reading this short novel.

 

© 2006 Patricia Ball

Patricia Ball, B.A., applies the following descriptions to herself:

  • Research Chemist for 23 years
  • BA degree in Biology, Elms College
  • Recent graduate of Institute of Children's Literature
  • Wife and Mother of two
  • Published Poet/Writer
  • Enjoy composing music, art, writing, reading
  • Interested in Metaphysics, Psychology and Science
  • Enjoy traveling:  USA, Canada and Europ e


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