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Flashcards of My Life

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  254 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
When Emily receives a pack of note cards labeled "Flashcards of My Life" as an unexpected birthday present, she uses them as inspiration to journal and to untangle her knotted life. Includes illustrations by the author.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 7th 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2006)
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Dec 09, 2007 Dana rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
It wasn't totally terrible, but I won't be recommending it to anyone. Tedious girl angst from middle school. The graphics wreren't compelling for me. I liked the flashcard idea (gimmick) but it wasn't enough.
Oct 20, 2009 Alicia rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the motivation behind censoring a book completely escapes me. Although I strongly believe that censorship is unnecessary and counterproductive to creating a populace that is engaged and intelligent, sometimes I can understand where the outrage comes from. Not that I ever agree, but I can see where, if someone had a certain worldview, their perspective might be acceptable to themselves, and a group of people who may see things in a similar manner.

Having said that, I have absolutely ZERO
Jan 25, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own
This book is NOT appropriate for the 8 to 12 year age group. It probably belongs more in the YA category, but it's obviously marketed towards a younger crowd. First, I have to say I haven't finished the book yet. My daughter had it, so I picked it up. It's a very cute book and a creative idea. HOWEVER, it does broach the subject of sex and also lesbianism, so NOT for young kids. This is unfortunate because without those two small sections, the book would be a great read for them. I know this boo ...more
Mar 04, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Marci
Shelves: young-adult
Really good! Using the flashcards interspersed through the narrative was a great way to tell the story!
I was curious about Flashcards of My Life because it is on the list of the 10 most challenged books of 2008 in the U.S.A. The reason given is that it is "sexually explicit and unsuited to age group," so this is what I was looking for as I read. It is a funny diary of home life, school, negotiating friendships and crushes told in the voice of Emily, who is in about Grade 7. Her words are embellished with little cartoons along the lines of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The audience for Harpe ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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FLASHCARDS OF MY LIFE is a great book, not just for it's story (which is a cute, funny one!) but because of the pictures and illustrations. This art was done, in fact, by the author herself, which means 1) she's so totally multi-talented; and 2) I'm so totally jealous!

Emily is a pretty typcial young teen. She has plenty of friends, most specifically--Sandra, her 24-hour friend, her best friend, the one she tells everything to; Becca, her best-friend runner-up,
This book was amazing and I do think that Charise Mericle Harper NEEDS to make another one! It starts out how this girl named Emily has 3 best freinds that get along like ice cream and tuna fish(as the book says). One of her best friends Sandra, (the one who is SO against the other two best friends) says that she thinks she sees the popular boy Andrew staring at her. So then, Emily goes and gets a crush on him. Sarah W. and Sarah J. are the other two best friends. But RIGHT at the beginning Emi ...more
Yejoon Kim
Jan 12, 2013 Yejoon Kim rated it it was amazing
So, I happened to have this book because of a neighbor. She heard that I love books, so she decided to give this one to me. And I am very thankful to her for giving me this because I LOVE THE BOOK!

This book is really refreshing for me. This is the break I desperately needed after reading tons and tons of paranormal, young adult, and even adult books. The story is very light and very simple, that reading it is so much fun. It reminds me of my elementary and high school days, when my problems were
Apr 25, 2009 Tringa rated it it was amazing

At some point in a teenagers life, they think that their life is over- and there's no way that it can go back to normal. In Flashcards of My Life, Emily is no different. From problems with boys to knowing that you're the last to know a secret about your best friend, Emily tells it all by writing in her "flashcards journal".

Emily didn't think it was possible for her life to get any more confusing than it is already. Until she got the journal from her aunt, she didn't know how to deal with her p

Aug 25, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
In the 7th grade i picked up this cute book from a local book store and fell in love from the first page. I've always been a sucker for cute little illustrations or anything other then a typical book set up, and this book was no exception. I felt such a connection the main character Emily ( although that may have been due to our shared first named, and read this book in a matter of days. Harper's writing style was so cute an unique i really enjoyed it. i have read this book many times since and ...more
Jul 03, 2010 Christy rated it really liked it
"Junior high school aged Emily, receives a gift for her birthday. The gift is a set of flashcards on which she is meant to journal about her life. The book was cute, kind of a diary of a wimpy kid for girls. I started reading this book, because it was on the list of top ten most challenged books. I made it almost through the entire book, before I figured out why it was challenged. One of the flashcards that Emily writes about is ""sex."" The card is not graphic and describes walking in on Emily' ...more
Mar 02, 2010 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
When Emily receives a new journaling project as a gift from a family friend, she begins to fill out the titular "Flashcards of My Life." Through flashcards with themes like "friends," "embarrassment," and "secrets," as well as cartoon-y pictures and other text, Emily describes her world and daily events in her life. While the novel lacks plot, the honesty and genuineness that come through in Emily's feelings about her parents, her little battles with her friends, and her crush make for an engagi ...more
Nov 15, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, girl-book
This book was pretty good and I would recommend it to a young teen girl. Its a middle school point of view on first kisses and crushes. The only thing I don't like about it is that the kids have jobs (what middle schooler has a job?) and the main character works at a library as a bookshelver....and the authors description of working in a library is not realistic.

Other than that - good, fun, quick read.
Jul 24, 2009 Alexis added it
Shelves: fiction-books
I am excited about this book! I have started it, and it is really good so far. This girl gets a set of post cards 4 her bday and they have different topics on the top that she has to write stuff about that topic, like "embarrassment", "friends", "boys", etc. It is really good. So far at least! I recommend it to a lot of girls!!!!! lol
Emily journals about her life, using the special personal trading cards she gets for her birthday. Boys, backstabbing, and other middle school drama are all covered in this fluffy novel. It offers a great mixed media format, with both words and visuals. This novel does appear on the banned books list, because of the interest and discussion of boys and kissing.
Oct 01, 2014 Meadow rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-reader, fiction
This was a cute book with a fun format. I read it because it was on the banned book list I am still trying to fathom how this made the list. There was one paragraph that had described a scantily clad make-out session an older sister had...that must have been it, because I found nothing else that even came close. Either way, a fun book for young ladies.
Oct 21, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It just goes to show that the concerns of middle school girls (family, work, boys, friends, etc.) are pretty much the concerns of EVERY woman...Not sure what all the fuss of it being a banned book was all about (that's why I initially picked it up)...
Ashton Obenrader
May 24, 2012 Ashton Obenrader rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Inn this book a teenagers aunt gives her flash cards to fill out about her life. Each flashcard has a topic and you write about it on the coordinating topic. You're on a crazy ride with this girl has she goes through high school.
Jun 07, 2011 Taylor rated it liked it
I thought this was a good book. I recommend it to 12-year-olds (like me) who are looking for something not too mature, but not too...candy-apple-book-ish, you know? Any way, read this book!
Aug 24, 2011 Connie rated it it was ok
Definitely for "older" middle grades. I did not read this ahead of time and wish I had. A great book but not appropriate for 10 year olds. Great writing.
Jun 22, 2008 Trin rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: None.
Trashy book. Based on nothing. I didn't learn anything and nore did this character. Pretty worthless. Finished it withing 2 days.
Apr 15, 2009 Olive rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 6-7th grade girls
Recommended to Olive by: my mom!
very smart and funny...
the main character is witty and often smarmy,but in a good way.
highly recommended!
Nikki Ferreira
Feb 12, 2013 Nikki Ferreira rated it really liked it
I don't even understand why I like this book so much but I've had it for five years and I can't stop picking it up from time to time, even as I get way too old for it???? HELP
Abby Gomez
Oct 21, 2010 Abby Gomez rated it it was ok
i didnt get to finish yet but i think it is a little wrong for the author i dont think she should write that kind of stuff i give it 1 and a half but you cant do that anyway what did you think
Jun 02, 2016 Alexis rated it liked it
I found this book at a small bookstore and thought it looked like a good book to occupy me for some time. It worked well, being a fun book to flip through and laugh with.
Jan 06, 2011 Sofia rated it it was amazing
This book is really good but I paused at almost the middle of the book because I really don't think this book is for 98765432or1year olds.
♡ Kristina
Aug 27, 2013 ♡ Kristina marked it as to-read
Banned Books 2008
Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group
Sep 18, 2010 Satia rated it liked it
More for tweens than teens, this is a cute book. Is cute enough? I dunno. For more:
May 31, 2014 Charlotte rated it did not like it
Shelves: nah, i-own
I was not a big fan of this book, it went VERY slow and I just got bored with it, I wouldn't recommend it.
Apr 07, 2011 musicluvr123 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good book. I found it easy to relate to Emily, though her life is slightly more dramatic than mine. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
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