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A southern tale of a teenage girl who opens a Pandora’s box of passion and guilt Bored with her sheltered life on the family farm in Rigby, Georgia, fifteen- year-old Tammi Lynn Elco senses things can change when she acquires a stack of forbidden romance novels. Eluding the watchful eye of her Granny Elco, Tammi forms a secret book club with two girlfriends and her eccentr ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Plume
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Michelle
Apr 01, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Maria!
Shelves: fiction, trashy-books
This book is so so fun to read! I am going to have to admit it is one of my favorite books ever. I will definitely be going back to this. Although, I was wishing for a really huge (and sexy) ending...I guess she leaves it up to our imagination as that's the point of the whole book?

"This is some hot stuff," says Tammi's friend (after looking through the bag of trashy books.)

"I think the librarian reads these things," says Tammi...

I found so much of myself in Tammi-Lynn. She is so passionate and
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Liz
Oct 11, 2008 Liz rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009
Perhaps I'm being a little hard on Ms. Cannon, but adults are certainly not the audience for this book. The writing was simple and pedantic, definitely not a book for serious readers. However, I do get the feeling that this book would be a good "fluff" read for young adults.

While the highlights that the publishing house chose to include on the cover tout: "A coming-of-age story to cherish . . . Cannon's South is a destination readers will want to visit again and again," the book will disappoint
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Christina
Apr 10, 2011 Christina rated it it was ok
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Ashley Fisher
Jun 30, 2008 Ashley Fisher rated it did not like it
This was the worst book I have ever read. It didnt captivate me until about 3/4 of the way in and its about a girl's journey of getting what she wants. The last page in a half shows she can get what she wants and she decides she doesnt want it anymore and then it ends. It was a waste of time.
Stina
Apr 12, 2009 Stina rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009
My God, this book was hideously boring.
Blodeuedd Finland
Oct 16, 2014 Blodeuedd Finland marked it as dnf
3rd time's the charm..or not. I could not get into it. DNF
Mandi
Apr 21, 2011 Mandi rated it did not like it
To sum this book up in two words: horrible AND stupid.

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Lauren
Apr 18, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it
If I could I would give this 2.5 stars. It started with such promise. But parts of the book felt un-even. Also the language wandered in the land of discomfort and I was pushed out of the narrative wondering if her references were time accurate. The book is set in the 1970s but the constant references to music, snack food choices, and clothes made me want to determine if the references were accurate. Which is a distraction.

The premise is a sheltered 15 year old from a strong religious upbringing
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Hazel
Jun 01, 2009 Hazel rated it it was ok
Was in the mood for a light, fun weekend read. This book had an interesting premise, with the protagonist, a 15 year old southern girl from a conservative Baptist household, getting a hold of a box of romance novels, which she uses to start a book club. The author shows how the novels help the youth to dream outside the confines of her sheltered life, thinking of new places to visit and live, and generally a different life to aspire to. But I felt that, for a coming of age story, the author just ...more
Phair
Oct 30, 2011 Phair rated it liked it
Serendipity that this book crossed my path just after I read Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels as that is pretty much the theme of this novel. Really enjoyed the first 3/4 of the book but felt the ending was a little flat. The focus on the romance novels and the Club faded a bit and other threads just sort of fizzled out as well. Now, a few days after finishing, I honestly can't recall how the book ended. Well worth it for the early sections.
Sara Weather
Apr 27, 2011 Sara Weather rated it it was ok
This book had potential.I felt first of all that it reinforced the same labels of romance novels that soceity has put on it. It did not even do what it said it would do. I thought that it would have the church find out about the book club and have a campaign against it. I wanted to see the struggle between church and romance novels, to show the good of romance novels.But that did not happen.I did not feel for Tammi, the way she talked to Leon seemed and acted did not have the real consequences t ...more
Robyn
Jan 04, 2009 Robyn rated it did not like it
I've always thought Romance novels were, well, trashy. And a waste of time. Never well written. Never saying much. Never having a great plot--just words in between the 'sexy' parts where people speak in ways no one really talks. Hmmm...kind of like this book. How fitting then that it's about Romance Novels.

I thought this book would be cute initially, but I found it hard to get into. It skipped around a little too far in time at parts. And the main character was so dopey that the poor ending was
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Kelsey
Apr 08, 2013 Kelsey rated it did not like it
I wish I could rate this book half a star. I thought it would be a fun light read but boy was I fooled! the main character isn't interesting I didn't feel for her at all. The time line is confusing to the point I don't know how many years have passed and the ending is disappointing. It was like being on a roller coaster waiting for your heart to jump in your throat until you realize you're just going in a straight line. The characters were lacking and so was the story line. I wouldn't recommend ...more
Poetreehugger
May 01, 2013 Poetreehugger rated it it was ok
I have never read a nearly-soft-porn/religious book before. It was confusing. Are we supposed to sympathize with the physical desires and "blossoming" lust of the female main character, or admire her search for the truth in her family's ultra conservative church life? Were the religious descriptions serious, or did they have a touch of sarcasm on the outdatedness of some of the ideas?
There were definitely some interesting place descriptions, fascinating and sympathy-arousing characters, and some
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Sarah
Feb 02, 2015 Sarah rated it did not like it
I don't know what the target audience for this book is, but I can't imagine it's aimed towards adults. This book was slow, and ultimately non-eventful. I kept waiting for SOMETHING to happen and really, nothing did. The minor characters were useless tools that were barely manipulated to make the story "believable" but at the end of the day they were flat and unchanging. Near the end I thought this book would wrap things up with something, anything, that would reconcile the issues but it didn't. ...more
Rachael
Dec 22, 2010 Rachael rated it liked it
This book was really interesting at first then it just dragged on, and on. I didn't end up liking the main character near the end, I kind of related at first to her-hormonal, misunderstood etc-all the stuff most teenagers go through. But then some of her actions just didn't make sense, and a lot of this was really more the author's fault-the characters lost a lot of credibility in the last few chapters.
Carla
Jul 24, 2009 Carla rated it it was ok
A 15 year old girl living in the south sneaks out to go trick-or-treating. She ends up with a bag of romance books instead of candy. As she reads them, she decides to recruit some others to start a secret book club. This is a story of a girl learning to understand the difference between lust and love and also coming into her own. Her granny is very religious and this causes her more conflicts as she tries to decide if she is a sinner or not.
Lindsay Barnes
Nov 13, 2008 Lindsay Barnes rated it it was ok
This book started with so much promise and the concept was one I really liked. I'd been bringing this up to my book club for a few months and was pretty disappointed.
I didn't really like the main character after a few chapters and was somewhat confused as to when this story was taking placed. I thought the story just went so slow and then suddenly ended. I was really let down and wouldn't recommend this story.
Amber
Mar 06, 2009 Amber rated it did not like it
Shelves: general-fiction
I could not get into this book at all.
It was slow, uneventful, and just plain boring.
It was a quick read made even quicker by my shuffling of pages. And even doing that didn't seem to help the story or get me involved. It just felt it would never end and when it did, I felt nothing.
Courtney Mccracken
Jul 24, 2014 Courtney Mccracken rated it did not like it
The only two things I didn't like about this book is that the main character Tammi was way too immature for her age, and the religious references. I liked the decade it was set in and the character's of the book club members.
Deborah
Jul 25, 2009 Deborah rated it liked it
Cute coming-of-age story about a fifteen-year old girl, Tammi who acquires a sack of romance novels. These books would be forbidden by her grandmother and classified as a sin by the church. Regardless, Tammi starts a book club where they discuss the books and other topics of love.
Diana
Stopped at page 111. I just couldn't keep up with it, the writing or the characters. It was a nice concept, and I did want to keep up with it for a little while, but I just got really tired of everyone and the lack of substance to the book. Sorry, Julie Cannon!
Erin
Jul 22, 2009 Erin rated it did not like it
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Susie Bradley
Feb 17, 2012 Susie Bradley rated it it was ok
I have to agree with other reviewers. the whole book seemed to revolve around one girl's attempt to seduce her not-really cousin.
the title makes one think that the book has great promise but it just didn't come through.
PC
Mar 16, 2008 PC rated it liked it
a good read...great characters with interesting twists. i found the ending a bit unsatisfactory but overall i would recommend it. you have to keep the time/place in mind as you read or you might pass judgment too soon.
Emily
May 11, 2009 Emily rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this book. It was painfully hard to read and just wasn't developing very well so I had to stop reading - and I don't normally do that!
Freya
Mar 06, 2009 Freya rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to reading this because it was a cute premise. It ended up being a bit too religious for my taste.
Caroline
Not my type of book, but fairly amusing none the less. Interesting that the author lives just 5 minutes down the road from me in Watkinsville.
Lacy
Jun 27, 2012 Lacy rated it did not like it
I have nothing good to say about this book. It was not written well and the story really never went anywhere. Was hoping for good summer read....oh well.
Tanisausa
May 31, 2008 Tanisausa rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book, but was just OK.
Teen at 15 with a bag full of books of very hot romance looking for passion discover good friend and true love.
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Julie L. Cannon is the author of the award-winning Homegrown series, published by Simon & Schuster and described as ‘Southern-fried soul food.’ She switched from the ABA to the CBA, and her novel I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Summerside Press, Sept. ‘10, made the CBA Bestseller List as well as Nielsen’s Top 50 Inspirational Titles. Abingdon Press will release Twang in August 2012, and Scarlett S ...more
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