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Ella Mental: And the Good Sense Guide (Ella Mental #1)

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Ella never leaves home without her book of basic observations on how to survive life. Other girls come to Ella for advice, but when Ella and her best friend Toby start fighting, Ella's Good Sense Guide fails her for the first time. Original.
Paperback, 231 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Simon Pulse (first published May 31st 2005)
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Meet Ella Watson, or, as her friends call her, Ella Mental.

Ella makes sure that she follows and lives by everything written in her Good Sense Guide, the one with all the quotes and rules, such as "Treat others as you would like them to treat you," or "just because you feel something now doesn't mean you will feel this way forever."

Ella's Good Sense Guide is what helps her think straight when she has to deal with her crazy par...more
I really hate this book, and I mean REALLY hate it! Our protagonist is no where near as smart as she thinks she is. I also felt I was reading I PSA. I could be mistaking these for the sequel but no matter. She's at a party but is against drinking. Yeah, big surprise there's alcohol at a party; she's sending a letter at the end of the book to a magazine and makes a note there's no rush to sex (I agree that if you don't feel ready to have sex, then don't, but I feel the author was kind of shaming...more
Ella Mental lives off this list, the good sense guide, to survive life. It is filled on what to do and what not to do. Her good sense guide fails her for the first time when Toby, her best friend, dances with this girl called Becky and she dances with a guy named Glen, who is Pearl's cousin. They kind of separate and Ella feels Toby doesn't like her anymore and when Ella went to hangout at Toby's house they did something they will never forget, but Ella kind of ruined the special moment and now...more
Jun 01, 2009 Kate rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: bleh
I actually didn't finish this one because there were just too many uncomfortable phrases for me. At first I liked it. Since it's a British author, and it is set in London, there were a few words I didn't know (although, I was proud of myself for knowing what it means to "whinge"). But then she just kept saying things that made me uncomfortable. So I stopped reading it.
Too random. I felt that she jumped too much and we were randomly thrust into the middle of very serious dramas without any warning or buildup. Just a bit too abrupt for me.

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Another "good read" as always only this time my mom found it for me!
So far this book is really good. Can't stop reading it!!!!
it was ok, but not that good
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