Luv Ya Bunches (Flower Power, #1)
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Luv Ya Bunches (Flower Power #1)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  2,966 ratings  ·  240 reviews
What do Katie-Rose, Yasaman, Milla, and Violet all have in common? Other than being named after flowers, practically nothing. Katie-Rose is a film director in training. Yasaman is a computer whiz. Milla is third in command of the A list. And Violet is the new girl in school. They’re fab girls, all of them, but they sure aren’t friends. And if evil queen bee Medusa— ’scuse...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Harry N. Abrams
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Honestly, I picked up the Advance Reader's Copy for my brother as an "ironic" birthday present, because he is "not a "hipster." " I mean, really, an internet-speak book with a pointedly diverse cast - for ten year olds? It seemed a bit much.

But after hearing about the Scholastic controversy, I borrowed it back and read it. It was a LOT better than I was expecting! I think some things were inappropriate for elementary-schoolers (I'm surprised Scholastic cared about Milla's parents' gender but not...more
This book is so adorable, and I love the cover. I gave it away because I thought I was "too mature" but now I kinda wish I still had it. I love all the characters, and I love how they're all original and yet easy to relate to. Violet is the secretive new girl, Yasaman is the shy outcast, Camilla is the anxious pretty popular girl, and Katie Rose is the bossy film geek. What do they have in common? They're each named after flowers, in some way, shape or form. Neither of them have any friends. It...more
Lisa W.
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I loved the diversity in Luv Ya Bunches, from the characters ethnic backgrounds, to their home situations, to their friends at school, these four girls realize that none of that matters when it comes to true friendship. I also loved the diversity of storytelling methods such as IM conversations, screenplay format, and regular narrative. While format changes are a personal favorite of mine I think they also work well for reluctant readers.

While I had to keep reminding myself that the girls were 5...more
Jessica Mitchell
Mar 07, 2013 Jessica Mitchell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Little middle school girls who love to 'giggle' or 'squeal'.
Recommended to Jessica by: My friend, Tamara
Jessica Mitchell, 11
Luv Ya Bunches
4 stars

(Im just gonna stick right to the point) Most of this book was amazing, I never got bored. The girly drama that I've managed to stay away from was quite funny and entertaining. The reason it didnt get five stars was simply because the characters were unrealistic. Very. I mean, I know its a book, but still.

THE REAL WAY THINGS ARE IN 5TH GRADE: (You should trust me, thats the grade im in now.)

-The popular girls arent bossy and smart, They're ghetto, and alw...more
In Luv Ya Bunches, Katie-Rose, Milla, Violet and Yasaman are all experiencing their first week in the 5th grade.

Katie-Rose is the techy one - she normally hides behind her camcorder. She and Camilla or “Milla” for short became friends over the summer at their summer camp. But now that school is about to start Katie-Rose is stressing because she’s not sure if her friendship with Milla will continue.

Milla is the beautiful, popular one. She wears all the trendy clothes, and hangs out with the coole...more
Oh, Lauren...did you really think you could get away with another tawdry chick-lit? Apparently so. This book's so-called modern, tweeny style is in fact used and crumbling. Any actual tween to read this book will cringe at the fake text-speak and squealing, shallow protagonists.
High Points.
Again, I'm not sure what to put here. If Myracle had cut down into only one person's story, she could have made this better with some serious editing. I liked Katie-Rose well enough, so if we had focused just...more
Rieh Medin
Honestly, I didn't expect much from this book. I have tried reading "TTYL" but could never get that far into it.

This book ended up surprising me. Instead of thinking it kiddish and unimportant, I was thinking of my own childhood and comparing it. Though I didn't have so much of an internet fad going on in my childhood, the rest was almost exactly like I experienced and I found myself getting more and more nostalgic. It might not have been the best of times, but when your biggest worry is if you...more
Alysse Flores
Luv ya Bunches was (to me) the best tween book ever! You will love it. Okay so the first time i seen this book, was when my mom took me and my cousins to the mall, and i decided to go in Barnes and Noble and get a book. Thinking of getting ttyl, i found myself getting this book instead!
Alright it's about 4 girls- Katie-Rose, who is a bossy boot with a camera-addict, Yasaman, a muslim that is known as "the weird looking girl with a scarf on her head" is an outcast but is really good at computers...more
Ages 9+

So anyway, after hearing all of the SCHOLASTIC DOESN'T WANT BOOK-FAIR GOING ELEMENTARY SCHOOLERS TO BE EXPOSED TO A SAME SEX COUPLE hubbub, and being appropriately outraged in various social medias (fb, greader, yalsa-bk, etc) I figured the responsible thing to do would be to read the book.

Truth: I didn't think I'd be interested in the book initially, because when I had flipped through the ARC back in July, I was like, ag, chat transcripts, blech. (Sorry Lauren Myracle, but I had to say...more
**WARNING: includes spoilers**

Another awesome novel by Lauren Myracle =)
I wouldn't say this is her best, but it's still pretty good. I couldn't relate at all, though-- fifth grade was not like this for me. There were no ice cream socials, no Greek weeks, no Medusas, none of that.
Still, this is a very fun read. Finished it in one sitting. Lauren Myracle's style is so light and happy, it's impossible not to like one of her books in at least some way.
I thought this book was really dramatic, thou...more
I won this book on goodreads, and although it is intended for a younger audience, I figured I'd read it for the fun of it. I thought the book was cute, with interesting characters and "poetic justice" for the mean girls.

However, I found that the suggested age level was a little young for the subject matter. Especially the computer stuff. Although it is a different time, I don't really agree with 10-11 year olds being on chatrooms and IM, so I don't think I would let a girl of that age read this...more
I loved this book because I loved my fifth grade school year and this whole book, and the books that follow in the series, are a big warm reminder of the innocence and fun of the fifth grade. The drama between the girls seems catty and unnecessary, and that is simply a sad but true representation of fifth grade girls. Its a realistic view on the world from the eyes of four different girls brought together in a very funny situation about life, love and most importantly friendship. We always conne...more
Z○e  *♥ItsGreekForLife♥*
Pretty funny and clever. I was surprised at how the author easily acted exactly how my friends and I act. It was almost a little too much like how we acted.
Dec 22, 2011 Brynne marked it as to-read
I have read thid book last year and it was SOOOOOOOOO good! I am reading it AGAIN!
This book was fun, witty, and downright adorable... I ate it up in less than 4 hours.
Katie-Rose, Milla, Yasaman, and Violet are all starting the fifth grade and Rivendell, but are divided by the labels that others assign to them, and which each girl then internalizes to a certain degree. Katie-Rose is the loud-mouth spaz; Milla is the popular girl; Yasaman is the quiet Muslim girl; and Violet is the new girl. Under normal circumstances, these four girls might never have become friends. But a mix-up over Tally the Turtle, Milla's good luck charm, brings them together in a united...more
A very cute book meant for tweens. I remember how important friends were in 5th grade so I really enjoyed this book.

Ms. Myracle takes four girls who differ in race, family and even religious beliefs and makes a story where through a challenge they become friends. I believe the age group this is intended for can learn a lot from this book about who your real friends are. And I believe that girls reading this will be well entertained. I know I was. I really liked each of the characters and liked...more
Henry Acosta
It's the beginning of fifth grade for four extremely different girls. Violet is the new girl, and not only does she have to deal with the pressure of adapting, she has to deal with the depression of her mother, who has bipolar disorder, in the mental institute. Yasaman is the Muslim girl everybody ignores. Katie-Rose is the peppy, energetic girl who is deemed the loser. And Camilla is best friends with Modessa and Quin, the popular girls, who treat her like crap. When Milla's lucky turtle gets s...more
Christine Crawford
I picture a lot of 4th - 6th grade girls really enjoying this book. It's the story of four girls who end up becoming friends throughout the course of the first week of 5th grade. The characters are refreshingly diverse - one is Black and has a mother with psychological problems, one is Muslim, one has two moms and the other his half Chinese. And they all have believable and unique personalities. I actually really liked the character development of the four girls. I was disappointed thought that...more
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Luv ya Bunches is a terrific book. I especially love the characters. There's Katie-Rose, a total goofball. Then there's Milla, a popular kid who has an obsession with a toy turtle named Tally. Then there's Yasaman, she is great with the computer. She even created a website called which turned out to be LuvyaBunches. There is also Violet, the new kid.

More than two stars...not quite three stars. I think this book could have been great and I think Lauren Myracle is capable of greatness, but it wasn't quite there. I applaud her direct dealing with Yasaman's religion and bigotry she faced. I applaud the non-issue she made of Milla's mothers--it was treated very well by not making it a spectacle. I also applaud that she brought up mental health in a non-invasive way. Not only with Violet's story but it appeared to me that a few of the main charac...more
M. Aedin
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This book Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle is about four friends starting fifth grade and they didnt know each other at first but then they met in the hallway. They started to have trouble with friendship because of this girl named Medusa, I mean Modessa. This name was created by Katie-Rose one of the friends. I think this name is perfect for Modessa because she is mean and evil witch in the book. Camilla was one of Modessa's friends. Katie-Rose and Modessa dosent like each other so Camilla had...more
Lauren Myracle is a girls publishing superstar. Her Internet Girls trilogy was the first to use only IM speak to tell the story of three friends and their high school adventures. She followed that with a more traditinal trilogy of books about the tween set. Now she has turned her attention to the nine and ten year-olds with her new novel.

Yasaman, Violet, Millie and Katie-Rose are four girls starting Grade 5 in Southern California. All four of these girls have secrets and issues. All four run afo...more
'esther liu
This book is about four girls named Violet, Katie-Rose, Yasaman, and Camilla. They start school and Violet doesn't like it there. Milla joined a club and the group members are Modessa and Quin. When they are at school, Violet asks for directions while Katie-Rose answers, she knocks people down and let Yasaman take the blame. After, Yasaman forgives her and becomes friends than the club has to find Milla's bobble head turtle and Katie-Rose hopes that people will listen to her and make sure she is...more
For summer reading I decided to read "Luv Ya Bunches".This was my first book and I enjoyed it very much. If I were rating this book- I would give it five stars. If I could recommend this book to someone then I would but I would recommend it to a grader. Only because these four girls are in 5th grade for the first time and if your in 5th or 6th grade! You can really relate to the issues and problems they wen through as a 5th or 6th grader. The reason why this book was very good was because, this...more
Maddie Mashek

Star Rating:
I rated this book 4 stars because I have read it over and over again since I was ten.

Plot Summary:

Yasaman, Katie-Rose, Camilla, and Violet are four girls who meet up when they are all in 5th grade together. They all fight their own personal battles, like Camilla, often called Milla, is unhappy with her friendships. They are mean, popular girls, named Quinn and "Medusa," Violet's mom is in a mental facility and moved to town to be closer to where she is with her father. Yasaman is un...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Katie-Rose doesn't have any friends at school. She's really hoping that over the summer, popular girl Milla will ditch her not-so-nice friends and want to hang out with her, instead.

Milla's not too sure who she wants to be friends with. Her current friends aren't always nice, but she doesn't want to be a social nobody, either.

A new girl, Violet, enters the mix, and she's waiting to see which social group she should join. She's not afraid of residen...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) Kissing Kate l8r, g8r (Internet Girls, #3)

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