The book was good, but I only recommend it for mature teen/adult readers, as it has lots of sexual references and curse words.
High school senior Emily Abbott has always been nice. That's what happens when your mother is a nationally known etiquette guru.
Well, look where nice has gotten her. Several weeks before Christmas, her dad makes the decision to move the family back to Massachusetts, where they grew up, and then several days later announces that he is going to stay in Chicago for a little while. Then her boyfriend Sean breaks up with her the morning she is leaving on her front step, in front of her whole family.
So Emily is done with being nice. Her old best friends Josie and Lucy welcome her back, and together they begin boy-bashing. Why are all guys so rude, oblivious, obnoxious, and just plain clueless? The three decide to put together a not-so-nice guide to set the guys straight.
But before they can reveal this information to everyone, they must test it first. And there is no better guy to test it on than Josie's ex-boyfriend, Luke Preston, the hottest and most popular guy in school, who broke up with her through email. Emily is going to make Luke fall for her, give him a few lessons in guy etiquette, and then dump him to get back at him for what he did to Josie and other girls.
Except somewhere in the middle of her game, her actions stop feeling manipulative and start feeling...genuine. Emily is torn between her love for her sort-of boyfriend Luke and her dedication to her friends and their project. Her attempt to keep both by lying to everyone could just end up losing her everyone she cares for...unless she's brave enough to come clean to everyone.
Jenny O'Connell has a real ear for teen dialogue a great story going, and the result is a fun and charming book that's worth reading.
i absoultelyy loved this book.! i can and have read it over and over again. i mean whats not to love aboutthis book.! just the way emilyy interpretts what shes feeling and its just filled with love and witt. i would recommend this to anyonee who needs a good love storyy to readd.=]]
It was good, but not good enough to rereaad over and over again.
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com
Readers of Jenny O'Connell's first book for teens, PLAN B, will have high expectations for THE BOOK OF LUKE--and they won't be disappointed!
When nice girl Emily Abbot's family moves from Chicago back to Boston in the middle of her senior year, Emily and her two best friends come up with a plan that is not so nice. It's a project for their class time capsule, but it won't be the typical scrapbook or mix CD. They'll write a handbook for guys about girls. And who better to test out their theories on than arrogant Luke Preston? Emily, the three friends decide, will be the perfect person to try it out and report back. After all, Luke would never suspect the nice little Emily he knew way back when...But Emily's not what she used to be.
Before she knows it, however, the experiment has gone horribly wrong. Wrong in that Emily finds herself falling head over heels for her experiment!
THE BOOK OF LUKE is a funny, original story guaranteed to have readers fascinated from first page to last! This fresh, honest novel is full of amazing characters and excellent writing. Jenny O'Connell is a smart, talented author; I'm really looking forward to seeing what she writes next! This is contemporary fiction at its best; readers will not be disappointed.
My 13 year old daughter wanted to read this book so I read it to make sure it was ok for her. She won't be allowed to read it at this time because although I really like the story, there are too many four letter words and sexual references. I might let her read it in a few years.