The Revised Life Of Ellie Sweet, by Stephanie Morrill

Back cover: “Don’t just get even. Write a novel. Ellie Sweet is a lot of things—good girl, novelist, silent adorer of the new boy at school, Palmer. But when “outcast” gets added to the list, she decides it’s time to take reality into her own hands … and tweak it as needed. In the pages of her book, she’s Lady Gabrielle, favorite of the medieval Italian court. Her once-friends are reduced to catty ladies-in-waiting, and the too-charming Palmer—who in real life never spares her a second word—gets to be nothing more than a rake wracked by unrequited love for her. She even has a perfect real-life villain in the brooding Chase, who hails from the wrong side of town. But just when she’s getting along great in her fictional world, the real one throws her a few curves. With Chase pursuing her, Palmer wanting to date her—but in secret—and the details of her manuscript going public, Ellie suddenly receives more attention than she ever really wanted. And when her former-friends discover what she’s been writing, they’re determined to teach Ellie a lesson about the severe consequences of using her pen as her sword.”

Ellie Sweet is an interesting teenager who tries to fit into the ‘cool’ kids, but when unfortunate circumstances make her get excluded from the group, she has to choose between trying to fit in anyway or accepting it while making friends with Chase– a boy known for his bad past. Even when all that is going on, she is writing a novel… but in secret. She hadn’t told anyone about her novel or her love of writing.

This was a very interesting story!! I loved it. Ellie Sweet is a relatable teenage writer, who– I think– is kind of like me.

I was told that this story didn’t have as strong a thread of Christianity in it as Stephanie Morrill’s Skylar Hoyt series, but I thought it was at least just as strong.

The only thing that comes to mind when I try to think about what I didn’t like about this book is: Chase finds out Ellie writes, but I don’t think it ever explained how he found out, which left me slightly confused.

I may have just missed it, so next time I read the book I’ll have to look for it closer. 🙂

I would recommend this book to bookworms who like reading YA Christian fiction about girls, but especially to those who write.

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