Tuesday, May 5, 2009

(Party) Shrinking Violet Review + Contest!

Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph
Review-Lauren

Summary: High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out -- doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T -- and to everyone's shock, she's a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest -- and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize -- Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare....


Review: I absolutely LOVE books that somehow deal with music or those that love it, and this definitely had a huge dose of that element. I loved the fact that Tere found her voice through radio, as I've always wondered what it would be like to be a DJ.

Tere is a very shy girl, and I related to her in that shyness. I'm not as bad about certain things, but I know the fear of getting in front of the class and speaking or having to meet and talk to new people. It's tough sometimes, so it was great to connect with a new character on yet another personal level.
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I would definitely recommend Shrinking Violet and I really can't wait to see what else Danielle Joseph has in store for us. One of the things that I would compain about is the predictability about some things in the story, but as it's a rather commen element in YA fiction, it's not something most people will mind.

Overall, Shrinking Violet was a fun, very fast read with a lot of realistic characters and funny moments...as well as some wonderful messages about being yourself and using your voice!

Contest:
To Enter: Comment on this review.
Open to: International
Ends: May 20th
Prize: A finished copy of Shrinking Violet

Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph is out NOW, so pick up a copy!

71 comments:

Aerin said...

Aiya, Lauren. I so so so want to read this! Not least because I considered naming my daughter Violet. Was it you who held the soundtrack contest? I'll have to go comb my Google Reader and see if I can find it.

bridget3420 said...

I want to read this book so bad. I was always shy in school and music was very important to me.

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WhatBriReads said...

I really really want to read this, it looks so good!

Bookworm said...

I am dying to read this! Enter me, please! (: I just love that music aspect.
(I posted the May contest thingy on my blog, BTW, does that count for an extra entry?)

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Polo.Pony said...

I would love to be entered! Thanks!

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Nora said...

I would love to read this. I always love hearing books centered around shy people, because they always have so much more to say on the inside than they do around strangers.

Nora
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What a Girl Reads said...

Aaw, this book sounds so good! And the cover is really cute too.
Please enter me :)

sara
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Kaitlyn said...

AHH! I want to read this book sosososo badly!
I feel like I might also relate to Teresa in may ways!

Enterenterenterneterenterenter!

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bermudaonion said...

Sounds great - count me in, please!

Mitzy said...

This sounds so good! I used to be super shy too, so I totally relate!

Amber said...

Love the review!
Love the cover!
Love to win this book!

Amber
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Carol(ina) said...

I so want this book! Your review, plus the summary makes me want to read it! :)

Reader Rabbit said...

I really want to read this one. :)

Liv said...

This looks like an adorable book. I looove books with music too so I think this ones going to be right up my alley.
Enter me please!
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I Heart Monster said...

Looks like a great one! I'd love to win it :o)

Llehn said...

I heard so many good things about this one. Can't wait to read it!

Kathleen Elizabeth said...

Sounds good! Enter me please :-)

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Sylvia said...

I would love to read this book! It sounds really interesting especially since music plays a big part in it!

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lanna-lovely said...

It sounds awesome, I really wanna read it. :]

Diana Dang said...

Didn't you host a contest for another copy? Who won that one?

But please enter me! =)

Margay said...

Nice, honest review. I don't mind predictable elements as long as they're done well and don't pull me out of the story. Having been a "shrinking violet" in high school myself, I would be very interested in reading this one.
Margay

dissectingperfection said...

Ooooh I want a copy of this so badly!!! Thanks for the awesome review, too. It's good to know that it's predictable, but I really relate to the main character and her situation. (Well, in that I became a better DJ... not that anyone won a prom date with me!)

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NotNessie said...

This sounds fantastic!

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Jessica Kennedy said...

Would love a "fun, very fast read". I <3 funny books too! :)

Melanie said...

This looks like my kind of book! I'd love a chance to read it!

Melanie said...

This looks like my kind of book! I'd love a chance to read it!

Erin said...

I love that she's a DJ...and I really want to read this. :)

Steph Su said...

I'm going to echo many people's comments and say something along the lines of, I can't wait to read this book! Like really, really, really. I've heard only good things about it.

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tetewa said...

I'd like to be included, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

MssJos said...

This has been on my wishlist since the first time I heard about it! Great review and contest! :)

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Kristi said...

I was a DJ for awhile at our college radio station and it was hard! Not sure I would want to do that again - now my daughter on the other hand, would be a natural! Please enter me in this drawing.

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Meredith said...

This looks awesome! Books with music rock... (pun intended!)

~Meredith F.
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Yan said...

I thought this book was awesome as well! So awesome that I really love to possibly own a finish copy~ And yeah it was predictable but that added to the cuteness factor for me :)

Ashley said...

This book looks so good! Please enter me.
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H said...

I really want to read this! The cover is so sweet.

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

What a great book!

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Lalaland said...

It's not fun being shy...=/
Which is exactly why I'm going to join the debate club next year...I thought it would work. I still get nervous in front of people I've known more than half of my life...

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Kate said...

Great contest. Please enter me :)

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harmonybookreviews said...

Ooh, enter me please. I've been looking forward to this one for a while now. :)

Heather Zundel said...

I'm so glad to see another music-based book. I'm still dying to get my hands on Audrey Wait! And this looks really promising too.

Nice review too, btw. I'll be coming back here, for sure.

Paradox said...

Enter me please! As a shy person myself, I really want to read Shrinking Violet!

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Michelle Kuo said...

Ahhh I want to read this book so badly! :D please enter me! I think I'd really be able to relate to the musical concept in it since that's such a big part of my life!

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babygirlG said...

I'm way shy too! I bet I can see a lot of myself in this book!

Jenna said...

Great review! I can totally relate because I am super shy as well. I'm not shy around my friends, but any type of public speaking freaks me out. Enter me please!

Jenna

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Chelsie said...

I love books about music, and Stephanie Kuehnert recommended this one... so, basically, I HAVE to read it.

I would definitely like to be entered in this contest :)

<3 Chelsie

Lauren said...

This book looks like it's going to be great! Please, enter me. :)

Pissenlit said...

Sounds like a great read! Count me in!

Anita Yancey said...

I would love to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks!

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Liviania said...

It feels like you've reviewed this one already as much as you promote it!

Renee G said...

Would love to share this with my niece.

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Mishel said...

I just love that cover for some reason =) I also love the fact that music is intertwined in the story, definitely sign me up!

Thanks so much for the chance to win it,

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(: Isa :) said...

This book's cover is amazing! The other reviews and this one really make me want to read it! :D

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Morgan @ BLT said...

I've been wanting to read this for awhile!. Sounds like a good book! Please enter me!

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Chelsie said...

I have yet to read a bad review of this, so once again I have to say that I need this book.

Although, to be honest, I will probably give any copy I win to a less-fortunate friend and buy my own copy. This is one of those books that I think would be worth buying.

Either way, I would love to win it, and my friend Justinne would also love for me to win it as well! :)

<3 Chelsie

Liyana said...
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Liyana said...

I'd really love to win this. :D

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MssJos said...

SV has been on my wishlist forever! Please enter me!

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Chelsea said...

Great review. Love the little boombox! :) Anyway, please enter me for this one! It sounds SO GOOD.

Kitten22 said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

What a great review - and no spoilers! Thanks for the no spoilers!

Also, the cover model reminds me of Eve Myles. Very odd!

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Jordan said...

This sounds interesting. Especially since it reminds me of myself. well at least the dancing in my room by myself part. enter me please!

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Jordan

Laina said...

I'd looove to win this, can't wait to read it!!

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Liyana said...
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a flight of minds said...

Shrinkiing Violets sounds so cute! We'd love to be entered! :)

Alex & Lauren at aflightofminds@hotmail.com

bookaholicgirl said...

I would really love to win this book. It just sounds so good.

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Carlene said...

I love your review, this book sounds great. I will have to put it on my wishlist. Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Carlene
iluvreading(at)verizon.net

Belinda M said...

This sounds like a very good book. I was painfully shy when I was in highschool so it would be a book I could relate to

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Holly said...

Sounds good!

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Silvia said...

broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station?
Sounds really good and funny*

Please enter me

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Book Spot said...

Did I really not comment on this before? I really, really stink then because this book sounds so good to me...and not only because listening to our radio here (not exceedingly far from Miami) I wish someone would come up with a great new FM radio station/show ;)

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