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How to Buy a Love of Reading

6 Ratings: 3.2
A book by Tanya Egan Gibson

Egan's debut, an odd blend of young adult melodrama and unsuccessful metafiction, winds itself into knots of empty story lines. Recognizing that their dullard daughter, Carley, needs an academic boost, Gretchen and Francis Wells hire author Bree McEnroy … see full wiki

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Author: Tanya Egan Gibson
Publisher: Dutton Adult
5 reviews about How to Buy a Love of Reading
review by . December 17, 2009
This is an amusing, fun teen novel that would be good for anyone who "hates" reading. Those of us who do love books and reading will find it extra amusing as Carley is coaxed by any means necessary into learning to love reading. A fun premise with a YA twist.
review by . September 17, 2009
This finely-crafted novel introduces a collection of damaged people whose lives are entertwined in surprising ways.    From the gang of rich young people whose misery stems from an impressive variety of causes, to their parents who try to get past their own misery through their children, from the tortured artists to the cameo appearances, the characters showcase the many ways that economic and physical realities can lead to complex emotional lives.    The …
review by . August 01, 2009
To everyone else, Carley Wells seems to be stuck going nowhere. But Carley's just living her not ambitious life. She can't help but be unmotivated by her tutor's SAT flashcards, her mother's desperate desire for her to lost weight, and her crazy English teacher's assignments. All Carley really cares about is finding the quirks in life and Hunter Cay, the beautiful boy who doesn't mind her imperfections. Unfortunately, Carley won't stay that way if her parents have anything to do about it. In a flash …
review by . March 30, 2009
I really enjoyed this book despite what I think is fairly deceptive flap copy. I expected a much more tongue-in-cheek narrative that this book offers- the satire is fairly light in my opinion. Despite that, the story itself is compelling, and Carley (who I disliked in the beginning) develops into a character with wonderful depth. Her struggle to survive while trying to save her best friend is unexpectedly poignant, and I enjoyed watching Carley slowly come to recognize her own worth outside of Hunter's …
review by . April 25, 2009
and I soooo loathe to say that about a book. Ridiculous tale about parents with more money than sense who hire an author to coerce their daughter into a love of the written word. Being a lover of books myself, I found the title intriguing and was anxious to find out what it was all about. But with a cast of completely unlikeable characters, coupled with a storyline that is slow, sloww, and slowwwwww......I had to put this one aside. I used to strongly believe in never leaving a book unfinished, …
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