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Truth or Dairy (Courtney Von Dragen Smith #1)

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She's humiliated, she's angry....and she's through with boys. Or least that's what she says.

This is the journal of Courtney Von Dragen Smith: middle child, product of divorce, would-be vegetarian. She writes the first mega-negative page the day after her boyfriend, "Such a Dave," breaks up with her because he's heading off to college. Angry and humiliated, Courtney vows to
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 3rd 2000 by Harper Teen (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by The Story Siren for TeensReadToo.com

Told in diary entries, BANANA SPLITSVILLE recounts the story of Courtney's senior year.

It isn't off to a great start -- her boyfriend, Dave, is going off to college and he just dumped her. Angry and jaded, Courtney makes a vow to be boyfriendless for the year. She instead focuses on other things, like running for Class Vice President and working at the Truth or Dairy. All while pining for Dave.

It's obvious that one of Dave's friends, Grant, is in
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Jess
Mar 03, 2010 Jess rated it liked it
Recommended to Jess by: Toni
This was recommended to me YEARS ago by a good friend, so I'm not sure what took me so long. It's a fun, fairly light book that had me laughing at least once every page or so. Clark pulls off the diary format quite well, making Courtney's voice and humor really the main appeal of the story. The plot isn't really anything other than an excuse to spend time with the characters. I'd recommend it to teen girls who like snappy, funny stories with a little romance and some misadventure. A few things h ...more
Arminzerella
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GirlwiththeBraids
Mar 20, 2009 GirlwiththeBraids rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Courtney’s boyfriend dumped her. Is it really his fault that he wants to be "free and clear"? Courtney is convinced it is. She decides to make a commitment: no more dating ... at least for this year. She would just have to dump her boyfriend in the end, anyway, right? She has to admit, she does want to be "free and clear" herself when college comes around. When she falls in love with the ex's best friend, discovers that her own BFF is dating her little brother, and she is juggling a job at a smo ...more
Tori
Jul 25, 2011 Tori added it
2004- Yes, another teenage journal book. Except even thought it seemed promising, I never felt I could connect with the main character. Courtney Von Dragen Smith is starting her senior year of high school, and it's far from perfect. Her boyfriend has broken up with her because he is going to college 30 minutes away and doesn't want to have a ""long-distance relationship"". One of her ex's friends is flirting with her. And oh yeah, her family is strange, of course. She decides to not date for the ...more
Kristi
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Told in dairy entries, Banana Splitsville recounts the story of Courtney’s senior year. It isn’t off to a great start, her boyfriend Dave, is going off to college and he just dumped her. Angry and jaded Courtney makes a vow to be boyfriend less for the year. She instead focuses on other things like running for Class Vice President and working at the Truth or Dairy. All while pinning for Dave.

It’s obvious that one of Dave’s friends, Grant is interested in more than just being friends with Courtne
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Jacquelyn
Jan 07, 2013 Jacquelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Banana Splitzville" written by Catherine Clark, from the Courtney Von Dragen Smith series, is the perfect book for teens or adults who love to read about teen fiction that includes romance, friendship, and emotional problems.
Entering senior year is Courtney Von Dragen Smith, this year should be special for her right? Wrong. Courtney's boyfriend, Dave, who's going to college, dumps her, and that ignites a flame in Courtney and she's so angry that she vows to be boyfriendless for the year. Of co
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Amber Skye
I enjoyed Banana Splitsville more than Maine Squeeze for several reasons. First of all, Courtney is a hilarious protagonist. Her sarcastic thoughts and scatter-brained diary entries had me laughing the whole time. I felt that I could really relate to her, unlike the aforementioned Colleen.

The romance, while fairly subtle and cute, kept me interested without being too mushy. I enjoyed the lack of insta-romance. After being dumped by her long-term boyfriend, Courtney is kind of a mess. I apprecia
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Melody McBride
Oct 04, 2013 Melody McBride rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa
Mar 14, 2012 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this book was different i had very mixed feelings about it, at some parts i was annoyed that it wasn't chapters it kept being in journal form and i had trouble connecting with the main character who seemed stuck up, cocky, and rude and did not like very much. Also i had a tough time picturing some things because the journal entries gave brief stories of what had happened a day or so before as if you were writing in a journal yourself and that does not really explain anything at all. It was very ...more
Grace
Apr 27, 2010 Grace rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that either looks lame when you look at the cover and the description, or or looks like one of those run of the mill modern romance books. This one turned out better then I thought. Court had such a sarcastic, powerful, poignant voice; she made me laugh. Most authors try and capture that voice when writing a romance book like this, but Clark really did it. Also made me wish I could write in my journal that wittily.

While there wasn't much of a plot, it was still pretty
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Lisa
Feb 05, 2016 Lisa rated it it was ok
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Xiao Mei
Apr 10, 2011 Xiao Mei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freshmen-year
Banana Splitsville is a good book. This book is told in diary entries through the perspective of Courtney, a teenage girl in her senior year of high school. In this book, Courtney gets dumped by her boyfriend, Dave, who is a year older than her and is going to be in college. Shocked, Courtney thinks her life cannot get any worse than it already is. Even though she is still mad at him, she still likes him. She pretends she doesn’t like him but in her heart, she still does.

I would recommend this b
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Annie
Jun 06, 2011 Annie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i got the version of this book that is combined with maine squeeze - the authors other novel. i started with maine squeeze, got bored and confused after the first several pages and put it on my shelf and forgot about the book. now months later i decided to skip maine squeeze and read banana splitsville. i am nearly done and not highly impressed. i dont feel rushed to read it because it is not that engaging and i started that a while ago and have already finished a few other books with much more ...more
Rachael
Apr 29, 2008 Rachael rated it it was amazing
I finished Truth or Dairy a few days ago. I think the cover looks a little funny, but you know what they say, don't judge a book by it's cover.

Main character Courtney is just getting over being dumped by her boyfriend Dave. In her anger, she resolves not to date anyone in her senior year in high school. So she joins student council and keeps working at Truth or Dairy, a smoothie place whose name coincides with the title of this book.

The plot moves a bit slowly, but the ending is fulfilling. In a
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Rachel
Jul 15, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Truth or Dairy is a super light read that has some funny moments. The characters fell flat though, making it difficult to fully engage with the novel.
Andrew
May 04, 2010 Andrew rated it liked it
I think this was republished with the slightly better title Banana Splitsville. I keep finding Clark books. Well, this was fun, if not as real as the other Clark books I've read. Pretty funny. Favorite moment:

(looking at a package of tampons)

"Question: Why would anyone ever want to got to www.tampax.com? And what links would it have? I sort of don't want to know.
Dear www.tampax.com: Are you there, God? It's me, court364@netcom."

Someone should thank Judy Blume for giving us the great go-to perio
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Lefty Kalaitzis
This book wasn't horrible , but it is just like your average Romance novel. But the storyline is just so simple, you can pratically predict everything that will happpen in the book. It is about this girl named Courtney who is unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend who is a year older and is going off to college and wants to be set free. Ofcourse Courtney is not pleased with this and she still has feelings for him. She decides to go on a boy-fast and swear off boys but she ends up falling for anoth ...more
Katy
Feb 16, 2009 Katy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
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Ashley Barmore
Mar 12, 2014 Ashley Barmore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is one of my favorite books, so sassy omg
Jessica
cute. funny. a much needed break for my brain after reading asoiaf that's for sure.
Claire B.
May 31, 2012 Claire B. rated it liked it
Courtney von Dragen Smith is fed up with boys. She has sworn them off for the rest of her life... or so she thinks. She wants to go through senior year without going out with another guy, but it could be hard, what with Grant Superior and "The Tom" everywhere she looks. While struggling with managing a new Truth or Dairy (a smoothie shop) and getting through a student council election, Courtney finds some valuable life lessons. Such as: don't make a promise you can't keep.
kb
Aug 30, 2010 kb rated it really liked it
What? Don't look at me like that. Don't look at the book cover like that. I too first thought it was lame but as they say, "Don't judge a book by its cover!" Turned out I loved the story more than I expected to. I'm a sucker for teen angst, self-deprecating humor and well, novels in diary form (like the Georgia Nicolson and Jessica Darling series) is why. Also, what was there not to like about the ever-sarcastic and bitter diarist Courtney Smith?
Danielle
I REALLY wanted to like this book, i thought the cute title and cover art would add up to a cute, light young adult read.... but i didnt like it.
its written in blog/diary style.
I dont Recommend it. I am not going to give it a horrible review. its enough to say that i dont like it and wont read it again. this author does have potential.
stacie
Jan 07, 2014 stacie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the other books in this series, but since I read this one after the two others, I wasn't as much of a fan of this one.
Teen
This is cute story told in diary entries about a girl who works at a dairy bar. She is interested in one boy, but it is her old friend who turns out to be the real love interest. This is a light story, but enjoyable. We particularly like stories where the girl sees in a whole new light a boy who has been a friend.
Rebecca
Jul 12, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This book wins the prize for best book cover ever because of...
-The cow flying out of the blender
-The guy flying out of the blender (Dave?) and his facial expression
-The bananas that look like dolphins
-The various fruits and vegetables
-The girl's face on the back of the cover
Marie
Oct 15, 2012 Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was good, i defiantly was to sure about the diary entries when i first started reading it but it wasn't that bad. It was kinda typical, girl gets dump by guy, girl swears to never love again, girl tries to get back guy, but falls in love with another. Typical..
Alison
Aug 14, 2011 Alison rated it really liked it
Haha funny story... so it turns out that this book was published later under another name... and I checked out that book (its name is "Banana Splitsville) and that is how I came to check out two of the same book. :)
Hillary
Jun 30, 2013 Hillary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I am fairly certain that if the lead and I had met in high school, I would have killed her. Thankfully this was quick and just pure fluff, and my brain didn't leak out of my ears from the girls stupidity.
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