OCD, THE DUDE, AND ME
I'm excited to be a part of this blog tour! My YA Books Central review:
Here's a teaser of my review:
I felt the voice of this book was right on the mark. Danielle's struggles and the way she looks at the world reminded me of my son. This story doesn’t follow the usual storytelling format but rather is told in a journal type style that also reflects the character so much. This is Danielle’s senior year in high school. She has her own share of highs and lows and is recording her me-moir, hoping her last year in high school will be eventful. A classroom trip to England is approaching and Danielle isn’t sure she wants to go. She doesn’t think she’s attractive but rather fat with unmanageable hair. A series of events happen that help her not only grow but come out of her shell.
I loved Danielle. Her almost blunt-like behavior might come across as too abrupt to some but to me felt very real. The author does a great job showing a character who looks at the world differently than most of us. Just because Danielle does this doesn't make it wrong but rather like her English teacher Ms. Harrison says: "she is a liberator of sorts, showing others to see things differently." I love this.
About the Author:
Ms. Vaughn is especially equipped to write Danielle’s story. She has been a special education teacher and a writer for nearly 20 years. In 2005, she received the Walk of Hearts Teaching Award, and she serves on the Board of the International Dyslexia Association’s Los Angeles Branch. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, when she was in elementary school. She came to California for college, met her husband at the University of California, Irvine, and they have lived in Southern California ever since. Together, they share a love of The Big Lebowski. When not teaching, reading, or writing, Lauren is usually on a yoga mat.
You can visit Lauren Roedy Vaughn’s website at www.laurenroedyvaughn.com
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