Thursday, August 15, 2013

TMI by Patty Blount Blog Tour: Stop 2 - Review


TMI
by Patty Blount
Release Date:  August 6, 2013
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

Best friends don’t lie.
Best friends don’t ditch you for a guy.
Best friends don’t post your deepest, darkest secrets online.

Bailey’s falling head-over-high-heels for Ryder West, a mysterious gamer she met online. A guy she’s never met in person. Her best friend, Meg, doesn’t trust smooth-talking Ryder. He’s just a picture-less profile.

When Bailey starts blowing Meg off to spend more virtual quality time with her new crush, Meg decides it’s time to prove Ryder’s a phony.

But one stupid little secret posted online turns into a friendship-destroying feud to answer the question:

Who is Ryder West?



My Thoughts:  TMI is focused around the lives of two girls, Meg and Bailey, who are best friends and though they are really opposites, they just click and get along really well.  Both girls come from dysfunctional families where the dad is absent.  Bailey has never known her dad and really wants to, and Meg's dad died tragically when she was very small.  She still remembers her dad, especially the last things he told her, and his death has left Meg very scarred and emotionally wounded, more than anyone really knows.  Bailey has always had a boyfriend, is outgoing, a gamer, and is very carefree in nature.  Meg, on the other hand, doesn't have time to fit a boyfriend in her life.  She is driven and focused on her "goals," is really more of a loner, and she and her mom have very little money, so Meg tries to pitch in as best she can.  Her passion is art.  She loves to paint and is very good at it.  Her mom works and goes to school, which means Meg is by herself most of the time.  Then, there is the hottie Chase, Meg's neighbor, who has had a thing for Meg for a long time, and secretly, Meg is crazy about him to, even though she pushes him away and is mean to him because he doesn't fit into her "long-term plan."  Whether she admits it or not, Chase is often the glue that holds things together and has been there to pick up the pieces when things fall apart on more than one occasion. 

Both girls think they know what is best for the other, especially concerning Meg's relationship with Chase, and Bailey's relationship with the mysterious Ryder West.  Meanwhile, things are getting more complicated with Chase and it is getting harder for Meg to deny her feelings, and despite the "red flags" that Bailey refuses to see, she is falling harder for Ryder.  One thing leads to another, things are said, lies are told, feelings are hurt, and when it all comes to a head via Facebook posts and other online social media, everyone involved winds up in even more of a mess, one which is now very public and very ugly....something that both girls cannot walk away from unscathed.  

TMI was a book that I think would mostly appeal to tweens and teens.  It does deal with important issues that many of them could very well find themselves it.  While the Ryder West thing was a part of the story, I didn't really feel like he was the main focus of the story, but was more of a catalyst for the other issues that these girls deal with.  Friendship is tested, the consequences of of "online revenge/bullying" is focused upon, and the emotional issues that stem from the girls pasts and how their pasts affect their actions and decisions, both in the present and the future are looked at.  TMI is told from both Meg's and Bailey's POV.  I did like both girls, though the way Meg treated Chase really aggravated me.  On the other hand, Chase was great, and so patient with her.  The mysterious Ryder West causes a lot of problems that result in some major drama, but that drama also results in both of these girls facing the reality of their issues, which in turn leads to both of them dealing with these issues and their root causes that have been too long ignored.  As I said above, I think TMI would appeal to younger teens, as it does highlight some really good points as the reader watches these girls mature and take their journey in life,  progressing from unhealthy ways of coping to healthy ways of dealing with issues, and learning what is really important along the way.  



Click here to see Patty's guest post from her first stop here.  

About:
Patty Blount writes instruction guides by day and novels by night. On a dare by her oldest son, she wrote her first novel in an ice rink. Though never published, Penalty Killer was the subject of so many seventh grade book reports, the English teacher requested a copy and later returned it, covered in red ink. Patty is always looking for great story ideas. Her debut novel, Send, was conceived after her boss suggested she learn about social networks. Patty lives on Long Island with her family, a fish, and lots of books. (www.pattyblount.com).
         
You can check out the rest of the tour stops here.



12 comments:

  1. Even though you didn't love this, I am glad you were still able to like it. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews on this one.

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    1. I have seen quite a few mixed reviews to, and I understand where they are coming from. I really think it is more of a book that younger teens would enjoy, whereas some YA books cross those lines, this is more focused on that age group.

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  2. You really did a great job of getting the story across, much better than I did. I liked the story, but had a really hard time connecting. I think it's a great fit for younger readers, though.
    Excellent review, Ellen!

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    1. It was a little difficult to connect with Meg especially. She could be really frustrating, but I did feel bad for her.

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  3. Books like this are really important. I have heard some negative things about this, but I'm glad you managed to enjoy it!

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    1. I have read a lot of mixed reviews on this one to. I think it is definitely better suited for younger readers.

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  4. I liked how thorough you were with the review and gave more of an age audience. I am glad to know there is a lesson learned. The cover just looks too sad.

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    1. Thanks. It does, and there are some really sad things that happen in the book.

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  5. I reviewed this on my blog today and I did not like this one, I think it missed the mark and I didn't like either of the characters. The moms bugged me and there was so much missing info. It could have been so much better.

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    1. You're right. The mom's sucked in this book and it did have potential to be so much better. That is one of the reasons I think that it will mostly only appeal to younger readers.

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  6. I'm still kinda on the fence on whether or not I would really like this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

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