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The Book of Luke

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Emily Abbott has always been considered the Girl Most Likely to Be Nice -- but lately being nice hasn't done her any good. Her parents have decided to move the family from Chicago back to their hometown of Boston in the middle of Emily's senior year. Only Emily's first real boyfriend, Sean, is in Chicago, and so is her shot at class valedictorian and early admission to the...more
Paperback, 291 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by MTV
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To be honest, I loved this book. When I picked it up, I thought it was going to be the cliched good-girl-loves-bad-boy. But oh wait, that's what this story was... But I don't know. I still liked it. I liked the aspect of this girl who had her feelings bottled up for so her, had her real self bottled up for so long, and finally let it all out by being a bitch.

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I thought this book horribly flat. The writing wasn't good at all and the characters just too stuck up and annoying. The writing was bad mainly because everything was so flat out stated: "'Just get out,' I ordered, and TJ did just that. The main character, Emily, is so stuck up and she doesn't even know it - and that's the type of person I hate the most. She doesn't admit that she's wrong when she hurts others because she blinds herself by thinking that other people did things wrong, too, and so...more
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Jul 14, 2012 Danna rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Okay, I officially love MTV books! The Book of Luke was that good. You should seriously go get this book right now, that’s how much I loved it.
Emily was a great character and I loved how she took charge in the story. She knew what she wanted to shape a boy into and she did…well, sorta. Emily and Luke’s relationship was brilliantly written. I liked how it actually showed how they progressed into it instead of “oh my god I’m in love with you” right from the beginning type of thing.
The story line i...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I read this book last summer and it was great! This is a good summer read for all who love a love story.
When I first read about this book online, I knew that I had to get to it. I love books that have a plot around some he-said-she-said, boy vs girl storyline. I wasn't disappointed to say the least.

I think this book is great for any teen who knows the ordeals that goes into choosing a friends and someone we can potentially love. It's also great for girls who think that guys are genetically stupid and just don't know how to treat girls right. Jenny O'Connell makes it clear in this novel that boys a...more
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
3.5 Stars

When we first meet Emily she is being forced to move back to Boston, her boyfriend dumps her and it turns out her father is not coming with them! But being back in Boston is not all bad. She reconnects with her old best friends, Josie and Lucy, and together they come up with a perfect idea for their senior time capsule: an instruction book for guys teaching them the right way to treat girls. Of course, they decide they should test it out and who better to test it on than Luke Preston -...more
Aimee (Coffee Table Reviews)
This was pretty good. My first Jennifer O'Connell book and I have to say I like her writing. The premise was really interesting. But after finishing the book, I really would have thought Emily, when she wanted to stop being a nice girl, would actually cop an attitude or something. It wasn't really the case. It was sometimes a struggle for her to not be the nice girl.

I liked the book idea in the story. It was interesting. Reading the random rules at the beginning of chapters was a great touch. It...more
This book was alright, read something similar before but nevertheless I enjoy a witty romance novel.
Emily is your typical school girl but she's nice to everyone, in fact she's so nice that only one girl doesn't like her, because she tries to hard to be liked.
So when she gets uplifted to Chicago and back again to Hollywood 2 years later she's surprised to see not much has changed other than Luke Preston. The once invisible guy who left Emily a valentines card and a box of chocolates on the day...more
There's a quote in the book that I think best describes Emily, it says something like "Doing nice things doesn't make you nice if you don't mean it; it just makes you a liar." coz that one sentence fit her to a T. Throughout the book, she keeps saying that she is tired of how people label her as a nice person. She does things that is the opposite of how she feels but she'd do it because it was the right/nice thing to do. So its no surprise that Emily eventually tries to get rid of her goody two...more
diana (chaotic reader)
I've got one word for you - NICE. Emily Abbott has always been known as nice, what with her mom being the epitome of all thing etiquette and good manners, Emily always does the good and right thing. But after her father decides to move them back to Boston but actually not going with them to tie up some "loose ends" and her boyfriend Sean breaks up with her on moving day, Emily decides that being NICE is no longer an option. She's tired of always doing the good thing and then get nothing good out...more
Now-a-days, teen girls read "What to Look For in a Boy" guides, but nobody has written a "Don't Do This" guide directly towards boys, and that's what best friends Emily, Josie, and Lucy are thinking about doing. The morning Emily leaves Chicago to move back to Boston, her boyfriend Sean breaks up with her. Not only did her boyfriend just break up with her, Emily's dad is staying in Chicago to finsh things up and she has to say good-bye toher chance to becoming valedictorian of her graduating cla...more
Misty Baker
Seeing as how it is Valentines week I’ve decided to switch things up a bit. I am obviously still going to post my rants, but instead of embracing the ugly, the perverse, or the just plain weird (like I usually do) I decided to bring you LOVE. (Stop laughing… it’s not nice.) That’s right people, for the remainder of the week I will bring you love in all of its forms, from the cheeky pop-coulter type all the way down to the classic “If I can’t have you no one can” obsessive type.

So… for all of my...more
Steph Su
High school senior Emily Abbott has always been nice. That’s what happens when your mother is a nationally known etiquette guru.

Well, look where nice has gotten her. Several weeks before Christmas, her dad makes the decision to move the family back to Massachusetts, where they grew up, and then several days later announces that he is going to stay in Chicago for a little while. Then her boyfriend Sean breaks up with her the morning she is leaving on her front step, in front of her whole family.

This review might come across as harsh, and I apologize...I'm just in a bad mood.

On my Young Adult Contemporary Romance Spree, I stumbled upon this book and decided to give it a shot. My thoughts at the end of the book was--meh. I thought the book wasn't that bad but it wasn't great either. Although the story is a bit different from the books I've read, I think the execution was pretty meh. Yes, I'm using a lot of "mehs" because this book should've been called 'The Book of Meh'. No joke. I didn'...more
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

I really hoped to like this book. I honestly really did. And overall, my favorite part was the love story part. But I was honestly really irritated by Emily and her lies, the book, the lying overall, and then Josie and Lucy were horrendous. I honestly didn't mind Lucy that much, but Josie irritated me a lot and she was honestly a bad friend in my opinion. The lies were constant and I honestly just wanted something more real. Overall, Luke and Emily were cute together, bu...more
Camille ღ
Wow! I never thought Id be so into this book! It definitely suits my present situation. I am planning to change a person but because I read this I think I'll just influence him and not exactly change him.

Emily is totally like me. Im nice but so sick of being one. Everyone thinks you'll always do the nicest best thing. But actually, I know how to screw things up, intentionally or accidenntally.

I only have 3 words. NOBODY IS PERFECT.
I like reading teen contemporary romance because it's closer to the reality of what could happen to me (hopeless romantic in me thinking), or at least most of the time it is, but this was nothing special.

I actually got extremely annoyed with the female characters--they're all made out to be snobby and controlling of their boyfriends--which is already true for 75% of the female population. Give guys a break, jeeze.
This book was slightly slow at first and i feel like it kept dragging on but the last half of the book are what made this book very good. It had the usual 'love story' plot but with a twist, the guide. Through the last few chapters i had to stop reading a few times because i got so connected with the characters that i got a little emotional. This book was a great read, with an amazing ending!! :)
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This book was a trainwreck that happened in really slow motion. It started off kind of shaky but then picked up speed and then it just kind of crashed. And for about 150 pages it just kept getting worse and worse. It's a totally cliche story. Character development is weak and there's so much pointless dialogue that you feel like you're totally drowning in lame conversation.

My 13 year old daughter wanted to read this book so I read it to make sure it was ok for her. She won't be allowed to read it at this time because although I really like the story, there are too many four letter words and sexual references. I might let her read it in a few years.
Jun 25, 2012 Thalia rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of John Tucker Must Die
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Emily Abbott has always been considered the Girl Most Likely to Be Nice -- but lately being nice hasn't done her any good. Her parents have decided to move the family from Chicago back to their hometown of Boston in the middle of Emily's senior year. Only Emily's first real boyfriend, Sean, is in Chicago, and so is her shot at class valedictorian and early admission to the Ivy League. What's a nice girl to do?
Then Sean dumps Emily on moving day and her father announces he's staying...more
When I found this book on, I honestly couldn't wait to read it. I'm not a fan of chick lit at all, but this one I really did enjoy.

Emily is tired of being nice. Look where it landed her-- she's moving to Boston, her dad is staying back in Chicago, and her boyfriend dumped her on moving day. Not wanting to stay in nice-mode, Emily decides to break out of her shell and do something not-so-nice. She's making a guide for boys on how to treat girls the right way. With her two best friends...more
The Book of Luke
By Jenny O'Connell
304 pp., MTV
ISBN: 1-416-52040-6

The Book of Luke by Jenny O'Connell is about a girl named Emily Abbott that returns to her old life but with a new adventure waiting for her. In the middle of her senior year, her parents decide to move back to her hometown Boston from Chicago. Although she breaks up with her boyfriend from Chicago, she still enjoys spending time again with her old friends. However her school has a time capsule and Emily and her friends come up wit...more
Emily's parents decided to move from Boston to Chicago a few years ago and now, they have decided to move from Chicago back to Boston. Emily's life beings to unravel the minute her parents mention the move. On the big moving day Emily's boyfriend comes over to say good bye, and ends up breaking up with Emily. Hurt and upset Emily moves with her mother and brother (as her father decided to stay in Chicago) where she quickly falls back into life with her two best friends, Josie and Lucy. Josie was...more
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My high school days may be long behind me, but I have a lot in common with Vanessa, the main character in PLAN B. Like Vanessa, I also went to a small private school. I was also mildly o...more
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“[H]iding how you really feel and trying to make everyone happy doesn't make you nice, it just makes you a liar.” 1056 likes
“I guess relationships are just funny like that. It's impossible to figure out why some work out and others don't. Why someone can be so imperfect and still be the perfect person for you. Maybe, in the end, it's not about changing the person you care about. Maybe it's about learning what you can live with. Or maybe it's really about learning what you can't live without.” 99 likes
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