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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,398 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Grace Kincaid, the Anna Kournikova of the tennis world (beautiful, teenaged, and the BEST in the world), calls her mother on the eve of the U.S. Open and says three little words: "I want out." Whereupon her mother flies to her daughter's side, cancels all further engagements, endorsements, press conferences, tournaments, and gives Grace an entirely new identity. Which incl ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Hyperion (first published July 1st 2005)
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Teen chic lit--a fun, quick read. Light romance. A teenage tennis star wants out. She is sick of all the glitz, glamour, and pressure. She wants to have a real, normal life. So she flees to a small town in Alaska to hide from the paparazzi. There she discovers friendship, love, healing, and decides who she really wants to be. I think the author's writing style works very well for her subject matter. I also like the voice of the main character. Her life is incredibly charmed, but hey, it's fictio ...more
This book, Amazing Grace by Megan Shull, is about a girl who had it all according to everyone else. She had good looks, enough money for an entire lifetime, and a sweet serve on the tennis court, but Grace or "Ace" Kincaid doesn't want to live this life anymore.
Grace Kincaid has "disappeared" to Medicine Hat, Alaska where her aunt Ava lives. She has a new look and a new identity. She is finally living a real life. Grace is finding friends while she is trying to find herself. She struggles and m
Jun 06, 2007 Missy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Very cute, *very* light. I'd like to know more about the supporting characters, but the main character was fine.
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Ages 11+ (kiss romance, a drunken escapade with consequences, one "shit")

Fifteen year old tennis star Grace "Ace" Kincaid is giving UP! She's quitting the sport, giving up her multi-million dollar endorsement deals, and going into hiding (complete with name change to Emily O'Brien) in tiny little Medicine Hat, Alaska. The wilderness is actually super refreshing, although using an outhouse is NOT. Added bonus: she is rescued from a DANGEROUS MOOSE by sexy Eskimo Teague Denali. Booklong flirtatio
Yes, folks, this is a can't-put-'em down teen realistic fiction that takes place mostly in Alaska (pre-Sarah Palin). Very well written. Well, teaching Middle School, you all will just have to put up with reviews of some of those (well, maybe lots of those.)
Andrea Hussey
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Cindy Hudson
Amazing Grace by Megan Shull is the story of a teenage tennis whiz/model/endorsement celebrity who wants to get off the roller coaster that her life has become and live the life of a normal 15-year-old. So her mom arranges for her to be whisked off to a remote island in Alaska to live with a friend under an assumed name for a few months until she can decide how she wants to continue.

I read it for a mother-daughter book club meeting, and while no one in our group particularly liked the book, we d
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With the Australian Open currently filling our local news and radio broadcasts, I decided to finally crack the spine of Amazing Grace. A fast-paced sport orientated novel for those of us who know what it's like to simply need a break from your life at times. Ultimately, I feel I should have paid more attention to the 99 cent sticker on the cover of this novel as it turned out to be a really good indicator of the quality-level.


Grace Kincaid breaks worldwide records when
"Amazing Grace" by Megan Shull was a fantastic book. It's about a fifteen year old girl who is already competing in the US Tennis Open and is the best tennis player her age in the whole world. However, she hates all of the media and press that comes along with this position so she runs away and stays in the middle of no where with her aunt. I really liked this book because even though the story line was very far fetched and unbelievable, the author made you believe everything you were reading. G ...more
Amazing Grace is a book defined by its uplifting themes, much enjoyed language, and ability to draw in the reader but never let them go. To have just these few characteristics, can ultimately lead to enjoyment. In the book, the main character, Grace, faces many obstacles, makes many mistakes, but learns so many lessons. After many hardships, Grace comes to a realization that she is not happy with her current life. With her awareness, Grace finds herself discovering that life and nature have too ...more
It was okay. Very simple style because it's very relaxing. Heck, it's about a teenager who needed an overdue break from the pressures and expectations placed upon her from an early age. She recovers, but the reality of the world she came from still lurks in the background, so to speak. It's very coming-of-age in terms of self-discovery - her decision to leave is supported by her mother, aunt, lawyer, bodyguard, and agent. She creates and lives a new identity and a bunch of cute episodes happen t ...more
Grace (or "Ace," as she is often called) Kincaid is a teen tennis star, who has also started modeling. Almost overnight, things have gotten crazy for her - she's had to watch her diet and change her lifestyle to accommodate for her fame. One day, she realizes that this is not the life she's wanted, and calls her mother from the US Open and says the three words that would end it all if she wanted: "I want out."

In a matter of hours, her mother is at her side. Grace is transformed into Emily O'Brie
Desaree Leffler
Grace Kincaid is the it girl of America. She doesn't want to be the it girl anymore. She is going to get an all new look and she gets a new personality. All she has to do is say three magic words she says is "I want out". So that what she does she tells her mom and her mom lets her out. Changing up her look and her style. She is finally free. She then goes to Seattle and everyone swarms her with questions and wants pictures. Then she goes call me Grace please with a wink. And now she is free of ...more
Felt as though it was a kid book. And why is there so many parts to a story that short! Come on Megan !!!! It was good but breif without much detail. But i did like the quotes. It was ok but ehhhhhh. It did not go deep into the love realionships, and it would have been a longer book, and a beter one, if she added more detail to the brother or avrs life and stuff. It was like a childerens writing.
Trista Eaglestaff
What I liked about this book was that it was about a famous, but normal, teen who wants a change in her life. First her mom and her assistants escort her out of a game that she doesn't want to play. Then she gets a make over in her hotel and her mom sends her off to Medicine Hat, Alaska. There she is to live with her mom's close friend named Ava. They live in a cabin together for about 6 or 7 months. During those months Grace finds a boy named ,Teague, who she finds a romantic interest in. Grace ...more
The story of Grace "Ace" Kincaid is an interesting one. I wish this book had given me more of it. I enjoyed the whirlwind of her retirement and the joy of first love. I would have loved another 150 pages. Megan Shull created a great chick-lit story, don't get me wrong. But, I'm afraid that's all it is. A good read for a car ride or the beach. Not just because of length, but the story/writing itself is very simple.
My favorite thing about this book was Shull's description of how Grace felt before
Another pre-Goodreads refugee. I love to recommend this story of the tennis pro who turns down her life of fame and goes into disguise, moving to Medicine Hat, Alaska. As I commented on Marisa's review, "It's a chick-lit Cinderella story and everything you want to happen does happen! And it makes me want to move to Alaska, and that is an accomplishment."
Amazing Grace, Grace "Ace" Kincaid is a teen tennis sensation. She is swarmed by paparazzi, and has a dream life. But she wants out. She wants to quit. So she needs to hide, in the secluded Alaska. She learns about life, has fun for once, and maybe finds that special someone.

This book was very good, but interesting in some ways.
No chapters. Would they be called sections? There could be four sections over two pages or 1 over 3 pages. It varies. It is interesting and enjoyable. It is very clever
Amazing Grace is an easy read but I was very confused on it. Why would someone who loves tennis give up everything just to go to Alaska? Well, while I kept reading I realized that she just needed to know love and what it means to her. She was only willing to give up everything for love even though she didn't know it... yet. I was very dissapointed how it ended it made me really mad that it just made a big fuss.
Apr 20, 2013 Banana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Looking for a light read
Shelves: chick-lit
Well, I liked this book. And that's it.
I couldn't stop reading it, I liked the characters, I liked that it wasn't slow. The bad things were, there really wasn't a conflict. No real tragedy. Even though I read a lot of books and say to myself, this problem is too sad, you don't want to read this: I actually do. The conflict makes it interesting. Now, you can say that Grace was trying to hide from the paparazzi, but that was solved so easily, without a hitch. Oh yeah,(I'm not spoiling anything he
I'm not going to say that this book was badly written or confusing, but in a way, I wish it would have been a little more confusing. The book was very predictable. I had to say that Tague was my favorite character. He was real. Sometimes I felt like Grace was too perfectly broken. Broken enough to cry and need a therapist, but she had no self doubt and terrible judgement. I also thought that it was horribly unrealistic that she had a 7th grade education and went straight to eleventh grade withou ...more
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Abby Rowe
This was a very sweet love story. I recently purchesed this book from a school library book sale and I was able to finally read it after a while. I will say that it had me turning page after page wanting more. In the end I rather enjoyed it.
Good story of a girl who has been a tennis star who whole life, and wakes up one day not wanting to be part of the "push" any more.

She goes away to live with her aunt in Alaska, I think, and starts to find out who she really is.
This book Amazing Grace is the best book i've read so far. This book is a page turner.I wasn't really truly interesting. I can't believe this is the end I hope there is another one. This book had me racing for more. This book is Compulsively Readable.I hope its a number two
The reviews for the book weren't good so I was skeptical but read it anyway and I enjoyed it. It was a cute story. The only thing I didn't like was the way Emily/Grace talked sometimes. She used the word like too much.
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I found this at my library book sale. I was really interested in it because of the blurb on the front: "A chick lit grand slam." I love YA chick lit.

Sadly, I was disappointed by this. I hoped that it was going to be along the lines of a Sarah Dessen novel, but it wasn't near as good.

Amazing Grace by Megan Shull is about a young tennis phenom who wants out of the craziness of being a media star. She hides out in Alaska, where she meets a new best friend and a love interest, while growing up a bit
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Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, Megan Shull is the author of THE SWAP and several books for kids including the award-winning young adult novel Amazing Grace. Megan holds a doctorate in educational psychology from Cornell University, where she also earned her undergraduate degree. She lives in her hometown, where she feels especially lucky to walk the quiet rolling hills alongside red-tailed h ...more
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