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Winner of the Colorado Book Award for Young Adult fiction, Cybil nominee. Fact of Life #129: Some people put you where they want you to be, not where you actually are.16-year-old Kat Flynn believes in going with the flow. She practices yoga, works with her mom at Abra’s Midwifery, and watches the Perfect Couple in the hall at school. But when she finds herself in the middl ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Ying
Jan 11, 2014 Ying rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I am honestly, truly, really, absolutely, most definitely in love with this book. Smart, witty, hilarious, sad, sweet, and liberating all at the same time, this book is an excellent mix of romance and real life. When I first picked this up, I will honestly admit that I truly thought it would be boring. Until I read page after page after page until I turned the last page and realized it was 4:39 in the morning and I wanted more. I fell in love with Kat, Christy, Manny, Libby, Mitch, and even lose ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

Kat(ima) is invisible at Tabor High. Or if not exactly invisible, then freaky Yoga Girl. And her best friend is the girl that wears the crazy hats. And to make matters worse, her mom owns Midwifery. It's a New-Age type midwife service that allows pregnant women to birth at home naturally. Her mom simply goes by Abra. No last name, just Abra. Kat helps out there twice a week doing various office duties.

The story starts off with Abra calling Kat up and beggi
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Karlan
This is an excellent ya novel written with humor and sensitivity. Kat is a very tall hs girl whose mother is a highly regarded midwife. Kat is training for a triathlon and working in her mother's office. A cute boy she has had a crush on for years is finally interested in her but wants to keep their romance secret because she is not part of his popular gang. Her friendships, work, boyfriend, and family are all fascinating.
Angela Pan
the book was awesome, it made me cry and it made me laugh. I really like reading this book.
Natali
Just ok. Fairly predictable, very steriotypical, and nothing new or special. I liked the idea of the main character's mother being a modern midwife and how that conflicts with her daugheters' lives though. Other than that, it was a waste of my time. But if you like teenage realistic fictions then I totally recommend this book for you. Unfortunatly, I am more of a fantasy, adventure, and mystery type. Kat Flynn has a messed up life. The guy she has had a crush on since the 7th grade doesn't even ...more
Rachael
Katima Flynn, better known as Kat, works for her mother at Abra’s Midwifery. But even though she’s more than competent around the office, she screws up at her first baby delivery. Kat is so embarrassed that she quits the job that she loves at the Midwifery and instead focuses her attention on pretraining for the triathlon she plans to compete in. Her role in new mothers’ lives has been reduced to occasionally sketching their children’s births. Kat feels extremely out of place. Add in a little bo ...more
Lauren
This book was a fun new variation on an old theme: outsider girl crushes on popular guy, then they have a "secret" relationship in which she ends up getting hurt, but each ultimately comes to a better understanding of themselves and high-school's various social circles. Even so, I really liked Kat and all of the characters were developed well enough that you gained some understanding of all sides. Some of my favorite elements: Kat's relationship with her sister; Christy's fun hat collection; the ...more
Lisa Tsuruda
I am enjoying this YA book. The protagonist is a very unusual girl growing up in an unusual household. Her mother is a midwife and she is raised to think of the woman as the most powerful thing in the universe with meditation and yoga thrown in. She has to find her way so that she grows into who she wants to be. Very funny and endearing. Can't wait to read more of this!
Violeta
When I started reading this book I did not understand it at all.

All this talk about being a Midwife made no sense to me.
Then 2 years later I decided to read it again. And all I can say is that this book is beautiful. The main character that helps her mother is so precious. I have not read any books about mother and daughter (and if there are, I must start looking for em'!) Helping each other and not going against each other.
I also liked the fact that the Main character talks about her crush M
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Abby
I really liked this book a lot.
Lillian
second time i've read this one!
Karina
it was a little cliche but i liked it.
Chyenne
This novel had multiple meanings, symbols and ideas that helped me to defend it's right to stay shelved. The novel's theme's and struggles helped state fact about life and courage. Strength and perseverance are the main themes of this novel.
I will defend this novel starting with the questions I was asked. The Board of Education did not come un-prepared in trying to de-shelve this novel. Is this novel good vs. age and ability of high school students? Yes this novel helps deal with life tragedie
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Scott Haraburda
Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Book.

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Reading a book with the number 31 in it, I assumed there were thirty prequels to it. I was wrong. Instead, Fact of Life #31 was a fictional story about the facts of life, numbered in random order. It wasn’t until the end of the book when I discovered what #31 was. And, it was the ultimate meaning behind the book.

This book was not a typical book I would read. Why? It wasn't a fictional story of adventure, suspense, or mystery
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Edgemund
**First off, I won this in a GoodReads giveaway! WHOO!**

Okay, now I can get started on my review.
When I first read the back, I sighed, shook my head, and put my head in my hands.
The back was written in a way to make me think that this book was going to sound like it was written by the blonde girl in ANY rom-com high school movie...
thank god, I was wrong. :)

Sprinkled with Facts of Life, random scribblings from Abra's Doula and Midwifery Notebook, and very specific reports from the Buchanan Field
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Emily Bayci
Fact of Life #1: Kat’s mother, No-Last-Name Abra, is the best midwife in Colorado, but that title doesn’t transfer over to her mothering skills for Kat and her sister Lucy. Kat, a high school junior who is awkwardly confident on the bottom of the social ladder, seems content practicing her Downward Dog poses in the hallway, but cannot stop pining over her since middle school crush of Manny Cruz. Fact of Life #2: As Kat’s relationship with her mother crumbles and one with Manny develops- but not ...more
Terri
Fact of Life #31 by Denise Vega is a snapshot of Kat Flynn's life during her junior year in high school. Not only does Kat have to deal with being weird Yoga Girl at school, but she also has to deal with her massive crush on Manny Cruz. At home, she must also try to figure out her mom, Abra and why she and her mom cannot related to each other. Throughout it all, Kat has her best friend Christy and her little sister Lucy to help see her through it all.

I'm in love with this story, like many other
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Becky
Don't judge a book by it's cover. If you do, you might just miss a gem of a book like this one, Facts of Life #31. (Now I don't want to presume that every one will think this cover doesn't do the book justice, but...well...it doesn't do the book justice. Yes, the cover makes sense after you read the book. But it doesn't scream out "read me, read me" either.)

I'll be honest, I don't know if I can do this book justice with my review. I love, love, love it. And the more I love a book, the more tongu
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JiaMin Luo
Katima Flynn, aka Kat, 17 year-old, currently in high school. She dates handsome guys, gossips, and hang out with her besties. Happy life, optimist. But you wouldn’t consider her life happy with a midwife at home, always lecturing. Kat works for her mother, Abra, at midwifery, a business that helps pregnant women delivery babies at home and a place where her mother tries to mold her. Not being responsible enough as a mother, Abra has tended to pregnant woman more. As a matter of fact, Kat strugg ...more
Martian
I found this book a while ago. I loved it so much that I went and did the Crazed-I-Love-This-Book-And-So-I-Finish-It-In-A-Day thing. God, I loved it! I'm a big fan of Lauren Myrical, and Denise Vega writes a lot like her, so that means the book is automatically going to be good. It really stuck with me; I remembered a lot about it. The characters, the cover, for God's Sake, I even remembered what her pen said! (KF -Take no prisoners) But... and this is kind of embarrassing, I couldn't for the li ...more
Erin
Kat Flynn, a.k.a. "Yoga Girl," is a bit of an outcast at school. Her mother, Abra, is the best home midwife in Colorado. Unfortunately, she's too busy tending to pregnant women to listen to Kat's issues.

Issue #1: Manny Cruz. One of the most popular guys in school...and the guy she's been crushing on forever. When he begins showing interest in Kat...should she seriously believe this could be happening?

Issue #2: Libby Giles. The most popular girl in school, and an ex-girlfriend of Manny's. When a
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Alexis W.
This book was absolutely amazing. When I first started it, I expected it to be the typical teenage book with the seemingly always present weird twist. But it wasn't. This book caused me to laugh, cry (almost), and even talk out loud to myself. I finished it in less than a day. It's one of those books you can't put down.
Astrid Weisend
This book started out as a 3 star book. Maybe it was the awkwardness of the characters, or the strange midwife talks, but this book took a while to grab me.

Now I love it!
The plot flowed perfectly, and really got into the struggles of the characters. The writing was amazing, and all the different conflicts connected. Read this book.
Meredith
Nov 04, 2008 Meredith rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
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Orli
Mar 11, 2015 Orli added it
This book was amazing! But it is deffinetely meant for more mature audiences. Its a sweet story but is meant for 14+.
Olivia Malik
It was interesting, but it talked too much about birth. I liked it though.
HomeschoolGirl
This was a brilliant book. It was perfect. A little cliche near the end--and I'd hoped to avoid that--but it makes up for it the rest of the way. I loved how Vega delved deeper into the characters. They had complexities. They had their faults and their quirks, things that made you like them. This book was of the meandering sort. It wasn't punctuated with painfully obvious life lessons (only near the end, maybe and somewhat with (view spoiler)) and it didn't seem as if there ...more
Gloria
I received a copy through Goodreads First Reads. This was a great book about a girl who is trying to find her place in the world and also some one who doesn't want to be told how to live life but find out things on her own. This is a self discovery book and , there are many ups and downs and hidden secrets during the book and I absolutely love Kat and the ways she handles things. I love the fact that she is stubborn and independent and she admits this only to herself. All in all it was a good bo ...more
Kelly

Kat works for her mother at a midwifery, where her mother tries to mold her, often missing the mother part of mothering. Kat struggles through relationships-friends, families and love. But in it all, she finds her way with the help of her journal.
A fun book. I liked the characters-who can't love a girl who does yoga in the hallway! And again, it reminds me that high school can be a rough place to have to pass through. I think there are a lot of teenage girls that will love this book.
Abby Johnson
Kat is in high school, works at her mom's midwife business, and has had a huge crush on Manny Cruz since middle school. As the year goes on, she starts writing in a journal, recording her "Facts of Life". Her mom tries to control her life more than Kat would like and Manny actually seems interested, but everything turns out to be more complicated than Kat thought it would.

It was a fine read from an interesting perspective, but not particularly memorable.
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