Monday, April 21, 2008

Love Me Tender by Audrey Couloumbis

"Early Friday afternoon, daddy left mad."

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CIP Summary: Thirteen-year-old Elvira worries about her future when, after a fight, her father heads to Las Vegas for an Elvis impersonator competition and her pregnant mother takes her and her younger sister to Memphis to visit a grandmother the girls have never met.

Publisher: Random House; 209 pages

6 comments:

Mary said...

I LOVE the cover on this book. It would be great to use in booktalking! Nearly every major element of the plotlines and relationships are included in the front and back cover, but you really don't see them unless you've read the book. And the book is as enjoyable to ponder as the cover.

Jen said...

I liked, but did not love, this book. I enjoyed it more the further I got into it. It took me some time to get used to the way the characters in the family related to one another-- for awhile I just had to trust that the love really was there between all of them-- but there are some positive messages to be gained, and some funny passages as well.

marra said...

This book just didn't feel "new" to me. As I was reading it, I felt as if I had read about these characters before, in another book and another setting. In fact, this book caused me to create the Newbery cotention summary.

Pick from the list:
"A (boy/girl/dog) whose (insert family member here) is (dead/pregnant/Elvis impersonator/other troublesome issue) learns that (love/family/the future) occurs when you least expect it after spending (summer/a vacation/quality time)with (a soldier/long lost family member/big bear in woods/or other unexpected person/thing)."

But it was funny :)

Jacquie said...

Oh, Marra, you're right! I have read that/those book(s)! But I liked it, too. It was funny! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one.

Clare said...
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Clare said...

I don't think this book would make my list. I agree that the front cover was fun, and more interesting as I read the book but that was about it for me. I actually took a break in the middle to read an adult fiction book