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Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks

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Wealth, privilege, and way too many pastel-tinted opinions...that's Carly's life. And guess what? It's. Getting. On. Her. Nerves.

Carly wants to be real, and she's always counted on her little sister, Anna, to love her and support her—and tell her how right she is. But when Anna turns "hot" over the course of a single summer, everything goes weird. Suddenly Anna's swimming...more
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Dutton Juvenile
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Ash
My whole "relationship" with the main character was strange. I liked her, then I got annoyed, then mad, then annoyed again, then I finally liked her again (but not as much as I first did). At the very beginning I had great hope for her. Carly seemed to have it right. The very beginning of the book opens with Carly writing a letter to her sister Anna and I could totally understand what she was trying to say. I could relate to the exact feelings that she was describing. A few more pages into the...more
Linny
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Erin
2.5 stars. Or maybe 3, I don't really know.

"Do you remember when you said sixties music was an acquired taste?... Well, maybe I'm an acquired taste too."

This book was absolutely painful to read. It is crushingly authentic teenager-ness. The main character, Carly, reminded me a bit of what I think of as the good parts of my personality gone horribly wrong. She wants to be different. Real. Not like the people around her, mindlessly obsessed with money and appearances and practically drowning in t...more
Jenna
I had really high hopes for this book. I’d read an interview on another author’s blog with Lauren Myracle and she talked about setting her books in Atlanta because she grew up here. I thought this would be a refreshing change from reading books set in NYC or LA. Well, it wasn’t much of a change. I guess it was just equal opportunity because all this book proved is that you don’t have to live in NYC or LA to be a rich, vapid mean-girl. The book was set in Buckhead which should have been sign #1 t...more
Heather
Rating: A

Review: I loved this book and sucked it down in one night of self-abandoned reading. (I even skipped watching the Gossip Girl season premiere (for shame) to read this book.)

Is that not enough enticement of how awesome this book is?

I'm afraid that anything I write won't be truly awesome and it'll make you think that the book isn't completely awesome, and that would be (for shame) too bad. I'm half-tempted to just repost the fantastic review of this book from the (fantastic) blog Forever...more
Lauren
Jul 14, 2009 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
First off, I have to say how much I adore the cover for this. I love the showing of pictures instead of the actual words, it just draws you in before even noticing who wrote it or what it's about. Second, I heart Lauren Myracle's books, so I was super excited when I saw she had a new one coming out. Anyway, with these two factors, I knew I was going to be reading a fantastic book and I was right.

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks is a mix of romance and the importance of relationships between sisters...more
Yan
First off let me say how much I adore this title. Even before reading the summary or seeing the cover image, the title sprang out to me, piqued my interest, and 3 months shazam! review!

So let’s step aside from the title and talk about the book itself. Like the summary states, the main focus is the sisterly love. What I found the most enthralling was the fact that they were scenes that they laughed, teased, and overall acted like true sisters. And then there were scenes where not everything was p...more
Maddie
I just love Lauren Myracle's writing. It's so humorous and fun, I can never be disappointed by her. This book made me believe this even more. What drew me in, in the first place, was the title. Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks.... it sounded kind of.. exotic? I read the back cover and decided to get it, because, well, it was by Lauren Myracle.

The book was about the importance of sisters. The sisters, Carly and Anna, were about joined at the hip. The stuck to each other, they were best friends. Carly...more
1luvbooks
Sigh.
Lauren Myracle should stop writing books.
I mean, I did enjoy her Winnie books, mostly because when I was eleven, I read eleven, and so on, and she carried me through my tween years and had a lot of the same issues I was faced with. I will always appreciate her for that.
But I feel she has really said everything she has to say, as far as I can tell. Many many times.
And guess what?
It's. Getting. On. My. Nerves.
Here's a basic plot breakdown of her books:
-Our heroine feels restless for some rea...more
Rawr413
Oct 28, 2012 Rawr413 rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: sucked
I have a pet peeve, a horrible pet peeve worse than steak knives scratching glass plates or people who think grammar is irrelevant as long as u r totes awsom. That pet peeve is whiners, babies, and complaining of any form. It isn't so bad that I set the book down when she got annoyed with Peyton's hairy leg humour. I read through the first day of school, even. Storming out in the middle of dinner over an insensative comment from your father is stupid. Storming out in the middle of dinner is path...more
Christina (Reading Thru The Night)
The Short of It

Baby sister isn’t the baby anymore.

The Long of It

Carly, the older sister by one year, returns from her summer trip helping the environment. Her parents might secretly think she’s a hippie or cause seeker. Upon her return, her newest decision was to stop shaving her legs. Anna is entirely opposite. Even though she’s younger only by one year, she’s definitely the baby and princess in the family. Anna also fits in with the country club lifestyle that their parents provide (Carly snub...more
Issie Cassidy
The reason i read this book was because I read the first page in the book. The first page wasn't the very begining of the story and from what i read, I needed to read more than that first page. It just proves that the begginings of books need to be made intruiging so that people want to read more.

This book i have put under my own choice. I decided that this novel was a book that taught me about another lifestyle other than my own, this could include a poor family, a rich family, a book about ab...more
Laura
Myracle's previous book, Bliss didn't do it for me, but this one is a good read I can honestly recommend to my students.

The sisterly relationship in the book feels real, much like the relationship in Laura and Amy did: there are good things, and bad things, about being/having a sister. It's also good at showing how relationships between friends change, and how people change as they grow. The only thing that didn't ring entirely true was the boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, but that's not somet...more
Ella Perkins
This book is about a girl named Carly. She has a younger sister Anna who is more developed. they both go to the some school. But when Anna thinks that she is more like Carly, like doing the wrong thing, Carly's life goes upside down. The guy she likes now likes her sister. how will that be resolved?

I noticed a text to world connection. I think this because almost every older sister has to be a role model. There younger sister would usually copy. That is just like what Carly and Anna do. i would...more
Ben
I had judged Lauren Myracle for what looked like cloying books but had no idea how good of a writer she was until I read Peace, Love and Baby Ducks. Not one of those "geek chic" books for YA librarians, this book is super relatable.

A teen librarian I work with had mentioned that I wouldn't like it because I don't like "girly" books. I just don't like Sarah Dessen. This book has a few pop culture reference but only a few, so it won't date so badly.

Dealing with identity, family, school, and romanc...more
Shayla Parker
I'm like most people in my feelings about Carly. The book started and I loved her! I could totally relate to what she was saying even though she's rich and I'm not and her family's wealthiness was pretty important. I liked that she went on a wilderness adventure thing because that's something I've always wanted to do and I liked that she wore different clothes and listened to different music (while I'm not a fan of 60's music, I can't seem to get any of my friends to understand my love of R&B...more
Mayra
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Inna
The phoniest book I've read in years. Not a single original idea; cliche after cliche; and simply boring. I kept reading because I happen to live in Atlanta; it was funny to pick out Buckhead references. But, God, if this pink sludge is considered to be a good YA literature, we are in trouble.
Nardos
I really enjoyed reading this book because it was full of drama that my life definitely does NOT have. I felt like this book was a coming of age story but it was told from the sister's point of view. Throughout the book, I found myself feeling bad for the younger sister, instead of the older one because I felt like the older one was sort of just jealous, while the younger sister seemed like she was confused about everything that was happening to her and everything was happening too fast and it w...more
Jespera
This is the story of two sisters who are really close in age. Told from the point of view of the older sister who is trying to be an individual and find herself, plus deal with her sister who is close ot her but has, literally outgrown her.
I really liked it.
Jayemjay
Peace Love and baby ducks was a really fun book to read, and i would reccomend it to anybody who likes realistic fiction, and being surprised! I must say that there were some pretty shocking parts in the book,so if you want to read this... expect the unexpected.
AJ
This is a good book, especially if you are someone with a sister. It's very much centered around the moral of sisterly love and watching out for one another. I didn't really like the beginning, but it comes together in the end.
Sashi Kaufman
I was pleasantly surprised by this book which I expected to be more annoying in its fluffiness. It's still pretty fluffy, but well paced with some interesting characters.
Laura
this book was really cute. the dynamics between sisters is relatable, as is the "girl crushing on the new guy who turns out to be a total skeez" thing. I knew from the very beginning how it would end, but that's probably because I've read too much teen fiction in my life, and they pretty much all tend to end like this book did. one character overcame an obstacle, and the couple that was hinted in the beginning ended up together at the end. overall, it was pretty well written, funny, and a good r...more
First Novels Club
Confession: When I first saw PLBD in a bookstore, I was like "What the heck is this book about?" Talk about a cryptic title. But I chose the (excellently narrated) audiobook on a whim. The best whim ever. And if someone asked me NOW what it's about, I'd most likely stammer and "um" a lot and eventually say, "It's about sisters. You MUST read it."

And you really should read it, like, if you're a girl
or if you've ever been a girl
or if you've ever not had a crush on the guy you should've had a crush...more
Arminzerella
Carly comes home from her summer internship (building and maintaining hiking trails) ready to take on the world, but all she finds is that her little sister, Anna, has grown up (developed into serious babe material), she and her best friend Peyton have grown apart, and pretty much everyone is disgusted by how much leg hair she’s grown while she was away. Carly doesn’t want to be just another one of the rich, privileged kids who goes to her Catholic high school, but she’s having trouble distingui...more
Timothy
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks
Lauren Myracle
292 pages
Dutton Books


Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks is about a girl named Carly and her many stories of her life about her and her sister Anna, a person who had suddenly became more appealing to boys. This book is divided into three mini books, Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks. Inside those books are chapters that talk about a situation that happened.
I liked this book because the characters in this book were about my age, and although they are girls, and I am a...more
Reader Rabbit
After spending her summer getting in touch with nature, 15 year old Carly decides to put aside her materialistic life and focus on the things that really matter. As in, things that are not related to money, clothes or appearances.

But when Carly comes home suffused in her new outlook on life, she is shocked to find out that her little sister, Anna has morphed into a barbie doll! As in, her former companion and dorky sister has turned into the sexy girl that all the guys lust after. Including the...more
Heather
After spending summer at a conservation camp where she didn’t shave her legs and started wearing “Jesus sandals,” Carly now feels like she doesn’t fit in at her elite Atlanta prep school. A botched blond dye job and the fact that her younger sister has, well, blossomed while she was away doesn’t help. Carly had been looking forward to having her sister with her in high school, but with Anna’s new womanly figure, it’s not turning out the way she imagined it. Carly’s friends now seem to have more...more
Roxy
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I fell head over heels for this book! Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks is one those books where it’s kind of bubbly and has very clever plot to it. The characters’ personalities were so real and were tested in certain situations that I felt I could relate to them. Although I didn’t feel super close to the characters, I think Lauren Myracle did a great job in making the characters’ personalities uniq...more
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Lauren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels. She was born in 1969 in North Carolina. Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r.

Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA's "Best Books...more
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ttyl (Internet Girls, #1) Shine ttfn (Internet Girls, #2) l8r, g8r (Internet Girls, #3) Kissing Kate

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