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3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  139 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Sage Priestly is seventeen, and she longs to reinvent herself -- to strip away the fat, the past, the crazy mom, the unpaid bills. She longs to be her own version of the gorgeous and popular Mona Simms.

Sage starts dieting and exercising. She gets blond highlights and throws away all of her black clothes. Bit by bit she transforms herself. This is deeply troubling to her
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published November 3rd 2008)
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Yan
After digesting this book for a couple of hours, my opinion of the book is still (insert heavy silence here). I really am not too sure what to think of the book. Was it fabulous? Not really. Was it horrendous? Nope. So where does that leave it? Smack dab in the middle of what the heck did I just read?

It had a great base, a wonderful foundation, if it only kept going. The premise of the book has been done quite many times before so I looked forward to how the author executed the plot and how she
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Elsa
Jul 17, 2012 Elsa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Whiny Teenagers
Recommended to Elsa by: The Exile of Gigi Lane back cover.
Shelves: books-i-own
This book was...it...I didn't...

Oh fuck it.

This book was...not good. But it wasn't awful.

I see the points the author was trying to make but they failed...epicly.

I hated that the perspective was split into four different mindsets. 3 out of 4 has NOTHING TO DO with being Mona. The book itself had NOTHING TO DO with being Mona. So why the fuck call it To Be Mona?

Damn.

I can't.

Walmart/Walter Martin/faggot/gay kid (No I didn't give him those titles.) was a random gay character. He had a POV every few
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katie
High school Sage is trying everything to fit in- wear the right clothes, losing weight, and trying to make herself noticeable (in a good way). She wants everything to come together, just like it does for popular Mona. However, nothing ever works right for Mona. One of her major obstacles is her crazy mother who cannot hold down a setting job, pay the bills, or even fill the fridge. Mona's only escape is her best friend Vern and his perfect family. Only now, Vern wants to be more than "just frien ...more
Alina Rivera
9/30/12
I really enjoy this book so far . It is about a young girl named Mona & she is trying to become popular. she does everything in her power to be just like Mona the most popular girl in school . Her friends consist of her best friend Vern & those pretty girls in her school who in my eyes just pretend to be there for her. Her mom isn't really there for her & her mom is not actually somebody you would be proud to call your mom , but Sage does whatever she can to try & be there
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Joy
Sometimes it is nice to read a book that is a reminder of what kind of misconceptions teenagers have about life. Sage is a normal teenager, who is well liked and beautiful. She has great friends, good grades, and a guy who is madly in love with her. She doesn't realize any of this, though. Instead, she gazes at Mona and wishes she had her life, a life of popularity. She looks at Roger, and wishes she could be his girlfriend, that he'd notice her. She gets her wish. She becomes popular and Roger ...more
ShivaniD29
This book was interesting it was based on a girl who loves to cook and loves to write,but who doesn't know what to do with her crazy mom. Ever since her dad left her and her mom when she was little, her mom went crazy she became desperate and depressed. So, most of her life Sage has been on her own dealing with the money,the food, her mom and herself. Everyone at school knows how crazy her mother is so they all stay away except for the Goldburgs, their neighbors and her "saviors". Vern Goldburg ...more
Brittany

Sage wants to be Mona, she has it all - the looks, the friends, the money. Sage's mom has pretty much been crazy since her dad left them many years ago. Her next door neighbors the Goldburg's have been looking out for her and her mom for about that long. Sage wants the jock, Roger, to be the one who loves her even when Vern Goldburg so openly does. She just wants a better life, with more money and more hope. Told in alternating viewpoints between Sage, Roger, Vern and Vern's friend, Walter this
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Ashley B for TeensReadToo.com

Sage just wants to be a normal seventeen-year-old girl. But that's kind of difficult when she has an eccentric mother who can't keep a job. This means they have hardly enough money to get by, and she has clothes from the Salvation Army.

Then she decides to change. She wants to be more like Mona, the popular girl. She wants popularity. She wants Roger Willis to notice her. She wants her mother to be normal.

Can she get what she wants? Or will she lose her
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Christine
This book is about a high school senior named Sage tries to hide her bipolar mother and get a popular football player to go out with her before eventually realizing that abandoning her real friends and letting herself be manipulated by others does not make her feel better after all.

I can connect to this book with a text to self connection because I know how it feels like to be abandoned by your closest friends.Vern must had felt very bad to make up all those things to make Sage jealous, but at
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Meghan  (From My Nightstand)
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Overall, this book wasn't too great. Sure, it offers a look at the pain of having a bipolar parent and the hurt of domestic abuse. And I absolutely adored Kelly Easton's writing style. Weirdly enough, her style was, dare I say, brilliant and humorous. It made it all the more confusing and disappointing, as the book itself was a letdown. I was expecting a spectacular, powerful book and I came away disappointed. The plot was slow and underdeveloped, as were
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Xue Jing
This book reminds me of many actual high school girls like Sage Priestly. She has bipolar parents and tries to hide that throughtout the whole story. She starts dieting, exercising, and getting blond highlights. She transforms into a new girl slowly, trying to act like the most popular girl, Mona Simms. Sage starts dating a popular guy named Roger and doesnt realize that who she needs is actually with her the whole time.

I realize that many girls in high school is actually like that. They think
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Elaina
A high school senior named Sage tries to hide her bipolar mother and get a popular football player to go out with her before eventually realizing that abandoning her real friends and letting herself be manipulated by others does not make her feel better after all. This is one of my review books for the library in which I work. The chapters are written in alternating voices - Sage, Vern, Walter, and Roger. Ultimately, this waters down the story and makes it a little difficult to get invested in t ...more
Vanessa
The book was alright. The story itself could have been better, she alternated the characters so much that you didn't really get to know them that well. And the story would have been better if she had gone into what happens to Sage,to story felt incomplete. The story is good enough to keep you reading, but you get to the end so fast that you dont even realize that you just finished the book. It felt incomplete, it leaves you feeling like you missed something. At the end all i could say was "Is th ...more
Debra
I was going to read this to my 12-year-old niece. I thought it was something we could talk about, not wishing you were someone else. Like the book says "don't compare your insides to someone else's outsides." However, unfortunately, there is one scene where the boyfriend is trying to force her into a sexual act that I am not comfortable discussing with my niece. That pretty much means the whole book goes out the window. It could have been handled differently.
E.G.
I normally am a generous rater and usually never give below a 4.5. However this book... I just could not get what the heck was going on. I thought that the three different points of view was a bit much, two would have been enough. And the third one Walmart..? I didn't realize who the hell was narrating until the end of the story. Not that great and sorry but I'm sad that I spent money on this book.
Linda
This book wasn't that bad actually; it was pretty good. But I feel that the ending is incomplete, which made the book feel like part of a series when it's not. (view spoiler)
Akanksha
OMG this book went by really quick.. It wasn't bad at all. In fact it actually discusses about real life issues. I mean its a good book to read.. I don't wanna give much away to the readers but basically it talks about how her boyfriend is very rude to her and how the girl's boyfriend is totally different from what she thinks he is.
Sanya
I don't know what to say.... It just felt boring.. and I really feel like Kelly Easton didn't express the characters as well. Who is Walter? Who is Fern? What are they like? I do like the sudden changes, after all that is what makes a book interesting. Right?
Norma
Even though the book was a quick read, I found it entertaining. Sage was the teen who wants to belong. Walter I found the most interesting, his way thinking always made smile or think about his questions. I still think that te end was fast and short.
Karin
sage tries to lose weight, become popular, and cope with a crazy (undiagnosed bipolar) mother during her senior year. uses multiple character perspectives to tell story, which works, but weakens the novel a bit. still pretty good though.
Kayla
I really like this book.I think it relates to all those insecure girls,that always feel short compared to the popular girls.I like the theme of this book, do not apoligize for who you are.
Bananas
I thought it was a great book, but the ending disappointed me I feel like it didn't explain anything and that there couldve been more to it.
Stephanie A.
It sounds so intriguing, and then you open the cover and it's so simple it's like a 6th grader wrote it.
Elizabeth
In progress: suffice it to say, a fun read. Glad I'm not in high school anymore.
Jessy
That was pretty lame. Too many problems, too simplistic, too surface.
Shanna Smith
Not note worthy, but a fast read dealing with self-esteem
Katelyn
I loved it i got kinda hooked in it !
Danielle
Kind of a crap read. Avoid it.
Fatima
It was a great book :D ^.^
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