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The Reece Malcolm List

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Things I know about Reece Malcolm:

1. She graduated from New York University.
2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
3. Since her first novel was released, she’s been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
5. She’s my mother.

Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she’s shipped off to live w...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Entangled Teen
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What do you do when you're sad? Me? Les Miserables (Original London Cast), Disc 1, Track 5: I Dreamed a Dream
Upset about a boy? Wicked, Track 8: I'm Not That Girl
Outraged over something? Ragtime, Disc 2, Track 15: Make Them Hear You
Getting ready to parrrrty? Rent (Original Broadway Cast), Disc 1, Track 14: Out Tonight

Why yes, that is a Korean edition of the Les Miserables Original London Cast. I needed emotional support on my first trip to Korea after being castigated for not speaking Korean we...more
Rating: 4.5 Stars

As a teen, it feels as if I read less of teen fiction and more of adult. Statistically speaking, this isn’t true. Nearly all the novels I pick up are YA, but I tend to pick the more serious type; more brooding, more depressing, and infinitely more likely to make me burst into tears rather than laugh out loud. Why? I have no idea. I guess you could say I’m a snob. I read reviews where people describe a novel as being “fun” and automatically discard it from the list of novels I ho...more
Feb 06, 2013 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of E Lockhart, Jennifer Echols' Comedies or Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker
This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.
We walk outside to the parking lot. Sunshine and blue skies. Again. I open my mouth to let her know about the name mistake, except that I really like the thought of being Devan Malcolm. And if I tell her, she’ll call up New City, get it fixed, and I’ll have to go back to being Devan Mitchell. And suddenly she’s the last person I want to be.

When just the right book comes along at just the right time, it's a real treat. Such is the c...more
Mar 11, 2013 Jasprit rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jasprit by: Maggie
3.5 stars

Fresh, funny and tinged with heartache, The Reece Malcolm List tells the story of Devan, a girl still discovering her place in the world. Devan has always been on the move her entire life, her last place she was finally able to find a close friend in Justine. But then unexpectedly her dad is killed, she was never close to her dad but he still was still her only real family. Tracey was her step-mum, but there had always been that bitterness between them. So three months after her father’...more
Things you should know about me:

1. I got an A in Performing Arts in high school but I cannot carry a tune to save my life. But I can cry on cue and am naturally over dramatic about everything.
2. I LOVE musical theatre. I was the girl dancing in the stalls when I went to see Fame who then sprained her ankle when she fell down the steps from dancing too enthusiastically.
3. I like guyliner and good hair.

The Reece Malcolm List is the kind of book you don’t realise you’ve been waiting for until you...more
Things I know About The Reece Malcolm List:

1) It will make you laugh.
2) If you are at all into musical theatre, it will make you sing. If you’re not into it, it’ll probably give you the urge to check it out.
3) It will make you want to go to LA (even if you live in Southern California, and hate the traffic, like me).
4) It will make you a little giddy.
5) It will make you cry. (But mostly in the happy way.)

This might be my favorite read of 2013, so far. I went in with zero expectations, but finishe...more
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
I loved this cute contemporary YA novel about family, friendship, first love, and...musical theater.

The Reece Malcolm List follows Devan, a teenager girl who has just lost her father, and her move to LA from St. Louis to live with the mother she has never known--the famous writer, Reece Malcolm.

Reece grew up with her father and her stepmother, Tracy. She was never really close with her father and she knows that Tracy wishes Devan was never born as Devan is the product of her father's infidelity...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
That moment when you're super curious about a book but have pretty much no expectations, and it turns out to be completely awesome. I am living this moment. The Reece Malcolm List caught my eye with it's kooky cover and blurb, but I really knew nothing about it. Turns out The Reece Malcolm List is a deliciously funny and honest book about family, boys, and musical theater.

Reece Malcolm is Devan's Mitchell's mother, and this, along with four other facts, equals the sum total of Devan's knowledge...more
I have nothing but good things to say about Amy Spalding's debut The Reece Malcolm List. It was completely what I was in the mood to read right now being just the right mix of a light fluffy read but with some serious undertones - the perfect balance of both really.

This is the story of 16 year-old Devan. Devan is sent to live with her mother following the death of her father in a car accident. Her step-mother barely tolerated her when her father was around but after he dies she is shipped off t...more
Trish Doller
I read this in draft form and you guys, it's SO good. I can't wait to see it on shelves and re-read the finished version.

Added 2/3/13: This book gets SO many things right.
Characters: At first I liked Devan because her passion for musical theatre and her mission to get to know her mother made her interesting, and she made some smart observations. However, she seemed too perfect - Devan is such an amazing singer and so fashionable, and pretty much every character reiterates this multiple times throughout the book. Her mother, Reece, was interesting because she was really not a stereotypical mother and she had certain quirks - though Devan can't seem to accept her t...more
The Reece Malcolm List is the debut novel of Amy Spalding, and is set in L.A. Devan Mitchell grew up with her father and step-mother in Missouri. Her father died three months ago and she’s been flown to L.A to move in with the mother she’s never met, Reece Malcolm, who lives in Burbank with her English boyfriend, Brad. Devan has started a list of things she knows about her mother and continues to add to it as she slowly gets to know her.

I really felt for Devan as she grew up with a father who ra...more
Lisa O.
Sweet story but it didn't give me any particularly strong emotion.
There's also the fact that I don't seem to bond with books about musicals in general - I HATE that there's always a gay sidekick and voilà! here there was one too...
It's clear that the author is good at characterization; even with a bunch of side characters, all of whom could have bee cardboard-made and just made to support the MCs, I found their stories and their personalities well portrayed and with lives of their own. The only...more
Devan's voice in this book is knock-out and one of the most authentic teen voices I've read in a long time. Readers who love theater, who love performance, and are looking for the kind of family story that will make your heart break and then swell will want to pick this one up.

Full review here:
Devan's voice is perfect.
Wonderful balance of emotions.
Music and theater.
Friendships and romances.
Amazing mother-daughter story. (This is my favorite thing about it.)
Flawless ending.
Could you possibly understand love when you’ve never experienced it?

Devan has never felt loved in her life. Her dad is dead and she’s going to live with her biological mother. The problem? She has never met her mother. Reece Malcolm has never been in Devan’s life. The only thing that she did was gave birth to Devan. Not even once has she contacted Devan and if Devan’s dad didn’t die, Devan suspects Reece would never have reached out to connect with her. Living with Reece seems weird as Reece kee...more
Devan knows very little about her birth mother. At sixteen, she has never met her and her father never spoke of her. By chance, Devan reads a book by Reece Malcom and notices the dedication at the front to Devan. She pieces it together and determines that Reece is her mother. When Devan's father is suddenly killed, she is sent to live with Reece Malcom, the mother she has never known. Devan isn't sure what to expect, and her initial hopes of a joyous, tearful reunion are dashed. Instead Devan an...more
Jaime Arkin
In all honesty I wasn't sure what I was going to get with The Reece Malcolm List. The cover makes it kind of look like a cute summer read... which it totally could be, but it could also be a snuggle on the couch under layers of blankets in the middle of winter kind of read, which is exactly what it was for me.

Devan, our main character, knows very little about her birth mother, Reece Malcolm. But at the age of 16, with the death of her father, she finds herself traveling with her Reece's lawyer,...more
Mostly smart and cute but then sometimes not so smart and not so cute as well; I be contradictory yet again! Loving this comes as a surprise to me mostly because I didn’t know what to expect… what it does, however, is read funny, fast and almost always authentic. All that plus it leaves me smiling (smiling hard.)

I’ve been on GR some time now and come across one or two curious questions, one in particular has me wondering still. Given the popularity of YA with the adult reader right now would it...more
What a great book. From the day I first discovered The Reece Malcolm list, I knew I had to read it. Come on, just look at the cover! Gorgeous. Then you have the intriguing synopsis. And, it's published by Entangled Teen, who happens to be one the most consistently awesome publishers.

Would I sound too fancy or old ladyish if I say The Reece Malcolm List was delightful? Just so so yummy and a true joy to read. Amy Spalding created such a charming story with such a bittersweet twist involving one o...more
Jan 30, 2013 Jasmine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, ya
Reasons I loved The Reece Malcolm List:

1. Devan! The heroine is smart and funny, but also a little lost and confused, and I loved watching her figure a few things out about herself and her life and others.

2. Reece Malcolm! Oh Reece, she is so mysterious and difficult and generous and cranky and aMAzing.

3. Reece and Devan! I love their relationship and the way they figure things out and how to be a mother and daughter (and how not to be), and how scared they are of each other.

4. Brad! Reece's boy...more
Marla Mei
My Actual Rating: 4. 5stars
(This is what happens when I don't expect much from a book and it ends up not disappointing even a tiny bit of me at all.)

Oh man, this book is just.. I don't know, I can't really elaborate further but it sure had its moments. The Reece Malcolm List is heartwarming and full of emotions and even though it had its flaws, wow did it sure hit me and made my heart hurt. (I admit, I may have shed a tear or two.)

The book isn't perfect and there were some shortcomings but the...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I’ve been looking forward to reading The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding ever since first seeing the synopsis. A mother the protagonist has never met! Performing arts school! Cute boys! I am happy to say that this book more than lived up to all my high hopes.

So, when Devan’s dad dies she has to move to L.A. to live with the mother she has never met. Who just so happens to be a best selling author. Ever since finding out who her mother is, Devan has kept a list of facts. As the book unfolds an...more
Jul 09, 2013 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, ya
When Devan’s father dies, she’s shipped off to LA to live with her mother, novelist Reese Malcolm, whom she’s never met. Reese is prickly at best, kind of a bitch (albeit a likable one), and Devan is understandably consumed with wondering why her mother’s never once reached out to her. The ups and downs of their complex relationship are handled very deftly. Devan is a wonderful, hilarious narrator who actually sounds like a teenage girl and reminds me a bit of Ruby Oliver. But my favorite thing...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: This debut was so freaking cute! Seriously!

We are introduced to Devan whose father died and she was forced to move from the midwest to California. What a change! A drastic crazy change! She is moving in with her mother who she has never met. And on top of that, her mother is a famous bestselling author named Reece Malcolm. Devan doesn’t know what to think because she’s never had any interaction with her and she knows pretty much nothing about her.

Devan is also really into musicals....more
This one is really, really compelling. It separates into a bunch of disparate elements in my head, and yet the elements mesh well.

1. Devan's voice manages to be young and inexperienced and smart, which feels like a rare combination. I like the way she vacillates between confident and shy, the way she looks for herself in her mom, the way she sometimes meets her reflection in a mirror and wonders who she is.

2. I love that she wasn't close with her dad, and feels guilty for that; I love that her...more
Kevin Fanning
So, fair warning that I know the author and my name might be listed in the thank-yous for having read an early draft of this. But look, it's about teenagers, and love, and fitting in, and musical theater, and long-lost parents, so there was no way I wouldn't enjoy a book like that. That I would LOVE it, that I would get all kinds of emotional over it, that I would be like OH MY GOD THIS BOOK, that has nothing to do with knowing the author, and everything to do with how talented a writer she is....more
This was refreshingly addictive with a great vibe.

Mostly, I loved Devan's voice in this. She was so fun to read. This contemporary YA has moving to a new school , getting to know (or not) an estranged mum, a huge musical element (I don't even like musicals-- well, I sometimes like the stories, I just don't like the bits where the people sing, haha--, but I loved this book).

This was fun and breezy with some high emotional moments to give it some depth. Very much looking forward to Amy Spalding'...more
4.5 stars. Maybe I'll lower my rating later. At the moment I rather feel emotional. I simply dig that mother-daughter-stuff.

By the way: I'd like to know: What's up with Americans (in fiction?) and their love for musical theatre? I think I only know "Cats", "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera" (or are these from London?), but I can only recognize melodies from the meow-one. And if our schools have a choir at all, it's a noteworthy thing. But four choirs or more? Unreal.
Such a great contemporary YA! I loved how into musicals Devan was, & I loved her character growth over the length of the book. There were some great boys, too, which of course made me happy. There were so many great lines and I loved how the book wrapped up. Holding back so I don't spoil anything, so I'll just say that this was a charming book and I really enjoyed it!
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Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and currently works as the Senior Manager of the Digital Media team for an independent film advertising agency. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and can be seen performing around L.A.
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