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The Center of the Universe: Yep, That Would Be Me

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I CAN'T FIX THE WORLD. I CAN ONLY SIT BACK AND CRITICIZE IT.





Welcome to the story of my life. Well, at least the story of my junior and senior years of high school. It's a profound, touching, and hilarious (if I do say so myself) tale told through cunning poems, revelatory diary entries, perspicacious (look it up) word definitions, shrewd bits of advice, and off-the-cuff (
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Paperback, 292 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Simon Pulse
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Arminzerella
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Allison
Sep 23, 2008 Allison rated it it was amazing
This book is like the BEST candy you've ever eaten in your entire life. That first bite is so good that you end up shoving every single piece (of the jumbo sized bag) into your face and are left with a pile of wrappers. It's hysterical, annoying, ADDICTIVE! One of my favorite lines compares being high to running in a marathon--only you can't run straight. Love, loss, parental grief, the rare parental approval, studying, good friends, bad friends, honesty, college, first time--you know what I mea ...more
Alex
Jul 21, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it
The book’s written like a diary, with SAT words and example sentences, poems, and charts rating how annoying her parents are. I’m still trying to figure out how much of this book is fictional. I thought it was all made up, but How to Heal the Hurt by Hating, also by Anita Liberty, is real… so I’m confused. I attempted to Google and figure it out, but my Google skills are somehow very lacking.

But this book is hilarious. Seriously. Anita is completely self absorbed and arrogant, but unapologetical
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by JodiG. for TeensReadToo.com

Anita Liberty is not the happiest teenager you'll ever meet. In fact, she can be downright morose. But she does it in a way that is so hysterically funny you can't help but love her.

Among the people who contribute to Anita's misery are her twelve-year-old sister, who is already in a committed relationship; her friends who vary in their degree of "friendliness" from week to week; the boys who are, well, boys; and her parents, who don't seem to know anything
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Lilly
Jul 11, 2012 Lilly rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying this was a book to easily get through, I literally finished it in less than 4 hours. After reading the past the prologue and reading the first 10 pages I figured I would hate it because of this girls stuck up attitude. However once I pushed past it I noticed the way she thought of herself related to me. In a cheesy sort of way Anita Liberty's little biography showed me how that all can be pushed past. It also proved that not everything does suck and even though "I can' ...more
Ashley
Mar 13, 2009 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has been, or will be, or is a teenager.
I picked this because I thought it would work for an assignment. It didn't, but the book itself is funny and reminds me of all those crazy feelings we all had during high school. I found myself having been in the EXACT same shoes as Anita during my "teenage years." This book has it all: love, hate, jealousy, kissing, making out, pot, beer, SEX, musicals, family, parents....ALL OF IT! Two thumbs way up for this. "As for you, go have fun being a teenager. Or not. I don't care. It's your universe. ...more
Sesana
Mar 24, 2011 Sesana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiographical
This is a fun, quick, light read. Nothing earth-shattering happens, but does it have to? I enjoyed it enough that I added the other two Anita Liberty books to my "to read" list. The structure is a little different. It alternates diary entries (which do not start with Dear Diary, of course) with poems and SAT definitions. It also includes a prologue and an epilogue from Anita updating the events to the present. It really does sound like a real teenager, and I appreciate that. (Maybe not enough em ...more
Grace.707
OH MY GOD THIS WAS THE BEST BOOK I EVER READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I READ IN THREE DAYS LAST SPRING AND SINCE THEN I HAVE READ IT AT LEAST A MILLION TIMES SINCE THEN(before I lost it. )-:)I think that almost anyone will be able to relate to Anita's issues in the book with school, friends, family, relationships, and life. Anita actually wrote this book and it's all true! This book is quirky, creative, edgy, touching, hilarious, and just plain amazing! You will feel all of the cha ...more
Tracy Fleming-Swehla
Dec 19, 2011 Tracy Fleming-Swehla rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, fiction
I read this book to see if it would be a good recommendation for my 14 yr old daughter. Absolutely NOT. Too many eff-bombs, too much focus on make-out sessions, drinking, smoking pot and having sex. However, I, personally laughed out loud and found this to be hilarious, fun, silly, ridiculous. Maybe this is one best read with age, maturity and hindsight. In any case, I thought it was a very fun read.
Jennifer
Apr 15, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
There was a lot in this book that made me laugh out-loud. There was also a lot in this book that made me cringe out-loud. I'm not sure if the cringing was caused by the liberal peppering of the eff-word or because I KNOW I effed just as much, for exactly the same reasons. Overall, I thought the book was funny and honest and a perfect look at the life of a teenager.
Deanna
Aug 20, 2008 Deanna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever been annoyed with their parents
Recommended to Deanna by: BBYA Teen @ McArthur
Shelves: ya
I picked up this book after a teen patron said "If you are standing up and reading this book, you should sit down because you'll be laughing so hard you'll fall if you don't."
Honestly, I couldn't have said it better myself! I laughed my butt off reading this. I made my family listen to me read funny parts aloud and they cracked up too. Delightful!
Amethyst
Jul 31, 2010 Amethyst rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy, young-adult
SO FUNNY!!!! I don't even remember how it ended, but I know that I loved it cause it was HILARIOUS!!! =P
Ubalstecha
Dec 13, 2016 Ubalstecha rated it really liked it
This was a fun bit of sarcasm and drama. A little to old for my Grade 8s, which is too bad cause I liked it.
Elizabeth Otte
Feb 14, 2017 Elizabeth Otte rated it really liked it
I'm not too sure how I feel about this book but I really did like it
Krista Basilio
Apr 26, 2011 Krista Basilio rated it liked it
There’s a lot a teenager can relate to in this lightly-fictionalized memoir of the author's junior and senior years of high school: the frustrations of not having a boyfriend, the frustrations of having boyfriends who are less interesting up close than they were from afar, the frustrations of having parents who move their teen daughter across a city to a loft apartment with no privacy, the frustrations of having parents who enroll their daughter in summer acting classes but also don’t make a big ...more
Brandy
There’s a lot a teenager can relate to in this lightly-fictionalized memoir of the author's junior and senior years of high school: the frustrations of not having a boyfriend, the frustrations of having boyfriends who are less interesting up close than they were from afar, the frustrations of having parents who move their teen daughter across a city to a loft apartment with no privacy, the frustrations of having parents who enroll their daughter in summer acting classes but also don’t make a big ...more
Dori Von Nieda
Feb 06, 2016 Dori Von Nieda rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-10
Semi-autobiographical, this reads like a series of journal entries from a girl in her latter years of high school. Anita has to deal with her height (short), boys (dumb), and Wiccans (not so scary). The book is realistic in portraying problems a typical high school girl has and how she would deal with them. It is interspersed with original poetry, SAT words and lists of things she's going to punish/reward her parents for. At the end of her high school career, and the end of the book, she finally ...more
Casey
Dec 10, 2016 Casey rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Alanna
Apr 29, 2010 Alanna rated it did not like it
I do not recommend reading The Center of the Universe by Anita Liberty. It is the average mushy love story about a stereotypical lovesick teenage girl. She kisses a different boy just about everyday. She hates her parents for a lot of bad reasons. The story is suppose to be true, but I think only some little details are because it is so far off.

The Center of the Universe was not a good book. Nothing happened. The story never made me smile, cry, scream or even laugh. The Center of the Universe wa
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Shauna
Jun 30, 2008 Shauna rated it liked it
picked this up to read and maybe help me navigate my teenager better. he got ahold of it and already read it and then i started it and am shocked at how many swear words and sexual references there are and i feel like a terrible mom for letting him read it before me! it's basically in a diary format. it's interesting how teenagers think for sure. it's also a quick read so far.

7/20/08: finished this today. It was a quick read. It was entertaining but I think too much for middle schoolers for sur
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Rekha
Aug 06, 2008 Rekha rated it liked it
The author has based this book on her actual teenage journals, diaries and poems. The voice is angsty and dramatic and arrogant (oh the pain of always believing oneself the smartest person in any room) and funny. I think it would be easy for an adult to read this and dismiss the character in the book and her concerns, and there were a couple of points where I felt that way too. But then, I would ask myself: do the notes that I still have from all my high school friends sound kind of like this? A ...more
Adriana
Fast read, somewhat humorous but too crude and even raunchy at times, which I felt was inappropriate for a teen book. I've read other teen books that use strong language and innuendos before, but this one came off as too forced. The character's language was also on the immature side for being 16, 17 and 18, it came off more like a 14 year old. The best parts of the book were when the author herself wrote an intro. and epilogue, so I probably would rather read her stuff written for adults. I just ...more
BookChic Club
Nov 22, 2013 BookChic Club rated it really liked it
As you can tell just from the summary alone, this is an extremely hilarious, laugh out loud, and very funny book. Told through various poems, diary entries, SAT Problems, and the occasional list, Liberty's debut teen novel is the perfect read for any reader who enjoys sarcastic humor. The voice in this book is just so perfect and rings so true, and the plot is just compelling. If I didn't stop myself, I'd have read this book in one sitting. It is that good, and that quick of a read. It's just so ...more
Astrid Weisend
Jan 23, 2015 Astrid Weisend rated it it was ok
I had this book recommended to me by a friend. I expected it to be comical and relatable, it's not. The main character kisses random boys every other day, developed new crushes daily, and dumps boys as soon as they like her. She annoys the heck out of me! She is everything wrong with teenagers today, and as a teenager, I hate the stereotype this book appeals to. The redemption for this book was the ending. I didn't find the closure terrible, and feel that she nicely concluded the book.
Renee
May 26, 2011 Renee rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Read in two nights. Felt like looking over my own journals, unsurprisingly. Not a lot of meat but enjoyable in bringing back some memories of being a self-focused kid, though I never had the mouth she had. :)
Christopher
Apr 22, 2009 Christopher rated it really liked it
Definately for older teens since the depictions of being an older teen are actually realistic and not moralizing, horrifying, or sugar coated. The main character reminded of Veronica from Heathers with all the funny journal pieces.
Mr
Oct 17, 2008 Mr rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenagers
Recommended to Mr by: my aunt
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The Center of the Universe I would reommend this book to someone a litle older then me because of some of the adult conflict and cruel language.Teenager girls would eb able to relate to some of the different relateionship.-Skylar Mattis
Mr. Steve
May 03, 2010 Mr. Steve rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, funny
This book supports my theory that the worst thing about nice and polite young girls is that they become teenagers!!

That said, I rather enjoyed this book as much as I am embarrassed to admit it.
Leslie Barberie Blount
This was a very sarcastic book. It may be "realistic", but I just didn't like the tone. I would only suggest it for older high school due to the bad words and mature themes.
Grace
Jun 23, 2016 Grace rated it did not like it
Shelves: iffa
Not what I was expecting.....at all.

Made me feel like a grown woman could get over some teenage angst.
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