Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

The Reece Malcolm List
by Amy Spalding
Published:  February 5, 2013
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Source:  eARC from Publisher

Synopsis:  

Things I know about Reece Malcolm:

1. She graduated from New York University.
2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
3. Since her first novel was released, she’s been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
5. She’s my mother.

Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she’s shipped off to live with the mother she’s never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn’t add up to much.

L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan—a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion for show choir and musicals, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love.

But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?


My Thoughts:  I want to begin my review by quoting Andrea over at The Bookish Babe.  Andrea says, "Would I sound too fancy or old ladyish if I say The Reece Malcolm List was delightful?"  When I read her review, and especially that quote, I thought she couldn't have summed up this book any more accurately than that, because that is exactly what The Reece Malcolm List is, absolutely delightful.  

Devan Mitchell has lived with her father and stepmother ever since she was born.  She has always felt like she wasn't really wanted, especially by her stepmother Tracie.  She loves music, Broadway, singing, acting, clothes, and boys.  No one ever told her who her real mother was.  When reading one of her favorite author's books one day, she noticed that the dedication was made out to "Devan."  Later, when her stepmother saw her reading that book and had a fit, she put two and two together and came up with what she believed was the answer to this mysterious equation, and that was that Reece Malcolm was her mom.  After her father is killed, she ends up going to live in LA with her mom, who is in fact Reece Malcolm, though she has never met her before.  

The Reece Malcolm list is Devan's list of things she currently knows and things she subsequently finds out about her mom, Reece Malcolm.  Devan loves Broadway Musicals and it is her dream to perform in them, and she is actually very, very good.  Her mom enrolls her in a performing arts school, where she is now known as Devan Malcolm instead of Devan Mitchell, a clerical error, but Devan decides to embrace her new name as she starts her new life in LA.

Reece is not the best mom by any means, but she is trying, so needless to say she and Devan both have a lot to learn.  Her mom's boyfriend, Brad, also lives with them and is a great guy, creating the perfect go between and buffer between Reece and Devan.  Other characters include Sia, the hot new boy who arrives at school the same time Reece does, who she has a big crush on.  Her other friends are Travis, Mira, Lessa, and Elijah, another hottie who Reece likes, and I enjoyed getting to know all of these characters, who all have their own issues to deal with to.  

The Reece Malcolm List is a story about loss, new beginnings, first love, first kisses,
new friends, family issues, trust issues, and is just an all around great read.  I found the performing arts/musical theme to be very interesting and fun also.  If you are looking for a good YA contemporary story, then I would definitely recommend this book to fans of all ages, and especially teens.

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Meet Amy Spalding
 
Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and currently works as the Digital Media Planner for an independent film advertising agency. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and can be seen performing around L.A.

Her debut novel, The Reece Malcolm List is published by Entangled Teen,  and combines many of her favorite things in life, including Stephen Sondheim and boys with great hair.




14 comments:

  1. This book sounds great. I've read many positive reviews for the book. I'm totally in the mood for something delightful. Amazing Review! :D

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  2. I loved this book! I just posted my review today too. Andrea was definitely accurate quoting it as "delightful"! :)

    And omg... totally crushing on Brad. Loved him! Great review!

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    1. I just loved Brad to. I will be popping over to check your revie out to.

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  3. I've been seeing such good reviews of this and I really want to read it, especially if it truly is "delightful". (: I always love good YA contemporaries.

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    1. I really enjoyed it. I hope you do to.

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  4. This sounds so good. Btw I felt like an old lady when I recently described a book as "lovely and delightful", but when it fits ... :D

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    1. LOL - you are right about that. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I am sooo excited to read this! I've seen a ton of great reviews, so I finally picked up my own copy last week. :)

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  6. I absolutely loved this book so I am glad you liked it too. Delightful is a great adjective for this one! Slightly emotional too though but in a good way. :)

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    1. You are right, it did have its emotional moments.

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  7. I have only heard good things about this book and it's definitely on my wishlist! I'm glad to have a better understanding of what it's about now though, because I think I had a bit different idea in my head. Hopefully I can read it soon!

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  8. I felt the exact same way, Ellen. I loved the characters, the dynamic between Reece and Devan. I loved Brad most of all! This is such a great YA read. Great review!

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