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3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  1,160 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews

Fed up with her parents and all their ridiculous rules (they keep a binder full of them), fifteen-year-old Kendra Bishop writes away to The Black Sheep, a reality TV show that offers the chance to swap families with another teen. But when the camera crew shows up at her Manhattan apartment, Kendra starts to have second thoughts. Too late. Kendra's whisked away to Monterey,
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Disney-Hyperion (first published May 1st 2007)
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Elizabeth
Feb 27, 2012 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worst-books-ever
Really?? People have given this book five stars? No offense, but why? That this book was even published is amazing to me, let alone published by mega-giant, Hyperion. They should be ashamed of themselves. Truly. This is the second Hyperion book I've read this month that isn't worth the paper it's printer on (Generation Dead was the first) or the time I put into reading it.

First let me say that the characters are one dimensional... that's right, I said one dimensional. They strive to be two dimen
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Archie (Pandas R Cool)
This book has a relatively new concept and otters. Whats not to love!!
Laura Hartley
I was immediately interested in The Black Sheep because it sounded like a funny version of Wife Swap for teenagers. Reality TV is becoming huge all over the globe and whilst I've scorned these programmes for years, I can no longer deny the fact that they are incredibly entertaining. What I loved about The Black Sheep was the fact that the protagonist, Kendra Bishop, was unwittingly thrust into the world of reality TV and wasn't an annoying, fame hungry teenager. The main character is really like ...more
Natalie
Jan 02, 2017 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it because no one died
Angie
Jan 13, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Black Sheep was completely unexpected, but I absolutely adored it! In a fit of anger, Kendra writes a lengthy letter to an upcoming TV show ranting about her parents' detailed plans for her life. Every second of her day is scheduled with some class or lesson to groom her into a banker like them, leaving no room for Kendra to explore her own interests. The worst part? They're not even around to see their plans put to work! When they're not working, they're running marathons all over the conti ...more
Emily
May 06, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book for the title. I don't know why, but recently I've been very opposed to reading the inside flap of books and I just read the one sentence summary inside. The title and the cover seemed interesting, so I checked it out of the library.
I liked it. It was pretty average, never going to be a favorite of mine, and I'll never re-read it. It actually took me awhile to read it anyways, because I read Water for Elephants all the way through when I was halfway through this book, which I
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Kirsten
Sep 14, 2010 Kirsten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This started in a promising fashion, but just deteriorates from there. Some of it is really really predictable, and the rest is either boring or very badly written (or both!). None of the plot made any sense. The characters were contrived stereotypical sketches. The "romantic" relationship was anything but (there was no *there* there!). The spoofs of TV personalities were mildly amusing, but that was the sole bright spot. Definitely skip this one.
Valerie (Reader of books. Enthralled by Words.)
Congratulations book, I NEVER roll my eyes during kissing scenes but you did it, you made me do it. This book is terrible. Good riddance.
Nian
Apr 08, 2008 Nian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
Shelves: 2008
When Kendra Bishop gets fed up with her parents and their extreme rules, she writes to the reality show, the Black Sheep. It’s a show where two teenagers will swap families and America gets to see everything. Kendra gets sent to California to live with a hippie family, and Maya, the other teen, will take Kendra’s place in New York. What she doesn’t know is that with reality TV, nothing is as it seems: the producers can twist and turn and edit everything just for ratings. And just when Kendra is ...more
Patricia Chin
I rated this only 3 stars because this book's plot at the beginning was good and clear but towards the end the plot becomes predictable and uninteresting. I can relate and understand the character's feelin
Julia S
Dec 12, 2010 Julia S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Black Sheep - “a member of a family or group who is regarded as a disgrace to them” (Computer dictionary) Kendra Bishop is not happy with her parents. They have too many rules, in fact they have a whole binder full of them which Kendra calls the BLAH, or Binder of Limitations and Harassment. Plus they are both bankers and expect Kendra to become a banker too, but Kendra doesn’t want to be like her parents. All they do is run marathons and do bank work. When she finds an advertisement for a real ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

The only thing Kendra Bishop wanted from her parents was for them to accept her the way she is. Kendra is just not the workaholic, marathon-obsessed, art freak like her parents. She wanted them to notice her a little. But who knew that her wish would sort of come true, when a TV crew shows up on her doorstep, congratulating her for being picked for the new reality show Black Sheep, which takes two unhappy teens and then makes t
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Lynnea
Aug 25, 2011 Lynnea rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fiction
Kendra has had it! Her parents have only ever cared about themselves and training her mind. She has never been able to just do fun things that other kids get to do like swimming lessons and parties. She had music lessons and math camp and going to various art museums with her mother (otherwise known as Torture Day). She is just so picked on!!. Then the straw that broke the camel's back, they fired her nanny, Rosa, the only person that truly knew Kendra and let her be a child. So in her fit of an ...more
Terra
Apr 30, 2012 Terra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Black Sheep by Yvonne Collins is a book great for young adults. I found it enjoyable and in some aspects relatable. I feel I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I were still 15 and in high school, I would have been able to relate my thoughts a lot more with Kendra, the main character. 15 year old Kendra Bishop lives in New York city with her up tight and strict parents. Soon she gets fed up with her parents and angry, like most teens do, and writes to this show called "The Black Sheep ...more
McKenzie
Jul 01, 2010 McKenzie rated it really liked it
The Black Sheep was a fun and cute book about a girl realizing who she really is, all while dealing with a nosy producer who doesn't know the meaning of privacy and a messy love life. There was always something going on, whether it was her switch to a new family or dealing with the otters. I found the pacing to be perfect. Kendra starts out as a somewhat snooty Manhattan girl, but throughout the course of the book she develops into a smart girl who isn't afraid to fight for what she believes in. ...more
Jezza
Apr 13, 2013 Jezza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hui Lin
Aug 12, 2009 Hui Lin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11th
This is a very interesting book I encounter this summer. The Black Sheep is a reality TV show where teens who are unsatisfy with their family are able to exchange families with another teen who also want to experience some changes. The main character of the book is Kendra Bishop, her parents are bankers and they are all about money and rules. So when they fired Rosa, Kendra's nanny, Kendra is very upset and she writes a letter to the show. After few months, the producers of the show along with s ...more
Tracie
Sep 26, 2007 Tracie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: MS+
Hurting and furious at her emotionally distant parents for firing her beloved nanny Rosa, Kendra Bishop writes to the producers of the new reality show Black Sheep and is chosen to trade places for one month with another teenage girl. Her new "family" is completely different from Kendra's and she spends the month seeming to blunder into one mishap after another. Meanwhile the shows evil producer takes great pains to either manufacture anything into a crisis or move the crisis into overdrive. To ...more
Hua
Sep 07, 2009 Hua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my friend Hui Lin recomannded this book to me this summer. By listening to her tone, i can feel how excited the book is. This book is about a girl named Kendra Bishop who has a bunch rules from her parents. Fianlly, they got over her limited she wrote a complainments to a reality TV showed call Black Sheep to swap families with someone else. When the camera crews showed up at her door, she is too late to change her mind. So she moved from Manhattan to California. There she met Mulligan's and fel ...more
Krista Basilio
Hurting and furious at her emotionally distant parents for firing her beloved nanny Rosa, Kendra Bishop writes to the producers of the new reality show Black Sheep and is chosen to trade places for one month with another teenage girl. Her new "family" is completely different from Kendra's and she spends the month seeming to blunder into one mishap after another. Meanwhile the shows evil producer takes great pains to either manufacture anything into a crisis or move the crisis into overdrive. To ...more
Caylin Smith
Feb 24, 2012 Caylin Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about two teenage girls(Kendra & Maya)who both have problems in their families. Kendra is an only child, who's parents don't pay her any attention. Her parents are hard working bankers, and spend all their free time on running marathons. Maya has five sibblings, who get on her nerves. Maya's parents are hippies, who are very outgoing. Maya just wants some peace, and quiet. Kendra just wants her parents to be more involved in her life. Both teens want what the other has, so why ...more
Kimiko-K
May 05, 2010 Kimiko-K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was reading this bk, it's like I'm riding on a roller coaster of emotions with Kenkra Bishop, except me as an on-looker throughout this bk. It was in fact, more than what I would have expected from this black book.
Initially, it was just making up rules & more rules for yourself. But sooner, you'll come to realise that not everything works accordingly to what a bk says. Sometimes, you just have to take the lead.

I've learnt & remembered a lot of this bk & felt bad for taking my
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Josh
Nov 16, 2008 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens, Parents
Recommended to Josh by: Nobody
Shelves: 3-stars
Reality TV shows are becoming one of the greatest hits on TV today. So, what would you do if one night a camera crew came into your house and told you that you're going to be the new "Black Sheep"? Well, this is what happens to Kendra Bishop, a 15 year-old teenage girl with overly-protective parents. Unfortuantely, when Rosa, her nanny and friend, gets fired for being "too easy" on Kendra, Kendra writes an emotional letter to an ad in a teen magazine to switch places with another teen and to go ...more
Janvierj
I enjoyed reading The Black Sheep by Yvonne collins because it was good story about a teenager finding themselves. The main character Kendra has parents that are very strict with alot of rules and they very motivated, hardworking people. I related to the main charcter because I also get annoyed of parents rules. I feel the author did good job protraying a teenager. out of frustration kendra writes a letter to a TV show. then gets picked to star in a realty show and gets shipped to california. to ...more
Mel Raschke
Selected to star in a reality show called "The Black Sheep," Kendra swaps her sterile, rule-bound Manhattan existence for the Mulligan family's hippie-ish and chaotic household in Monterey, Calif., where she spends nearly every waking moment being trailed by a TV crew. Despite this lack of privacy, Kendra manages to keep secret her prickly-at-first romance with the Mulligan's eldest son, Mitch, an aspiring marine biologist. Partly to impress Mitch, but mostly because she finds herself truly cari ...more
Kathy Lane
Nov 06, 2011 Kathy Lane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Black Sheep is a reality television show that recruits Kendra, a disillusioned teen from NYC, to switch families and stay with an activist family in California. This is a fairly normal romance with several over-the-top characters that gets old pretty fast. This would be a good book for the light teen romance crowd. (KIP)

Light reading material - in the category of Princess Diaries. 92 pages into it I was tired of her "poor me" life is so constrained bellyaching. With the remaining nominations
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Alex Gold
Jan 12, 2015 Alex Gold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Black Sheep, a novel by Yvonne Collins, is about an unhappy teenage girl who gets a chance to switch places with a girl in california for a television show, the black sheep. She has mixed feelings about the switch and as it takes place there’s many exciting (and some not so exciting) things, but at the price of the whole event being twisted to make “good” television. I never got bored while reading what appeared to be a rather typical teenage novel, but actually has a pretty creative storyli ...more
Thyatira S.
Oct 22, 2013 Thyatira S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book. I was hooked within minutes of reading, and there wasn't really much of the book I didn't like. The main character Kendra's life is so capturing, and when I didn't have time to read the book, I was upset because it was so good. The book is just WOW. I loved it. The authors Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout's writing in the book is excellent. It's a bit of romance, drama, education, it's kind of a mixture of everything that's in a teenager's life, all in one book. I wou ...more
Davyani
Feb 02, 2013 Davyani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regret-yet-okay
This book was a two. It was okay. There were things that I loved about this book and things that made me cringe. For one the main character was just annoying. She didn't have that kick-ass quality in her where you want to say 'I want to be that chick'. The guy Mitch was an idiotic loser, he didn't take the time to understand her and then she would get insecure. Oh yeah, the girl was INSECURE! I despise insecurity in girls and this book was chockful with it. A thing I loved, though, was Judy. She ...more
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When I'm not writing books with Sandy, I can usually be found on a film set, where life is anything but dull. I've hung off the side of Toronto's CN tower, faced down a Grizzly bear, danced with Gregory Hines, and shared a beer with Ireland's Lord Guinness.

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