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Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude and Other Commandments I Have Broken

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  367 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Tall, blonde, and pretty Kelsey dumps her skater boyfriend, who doesn't react well to the breakup. Now she's hard at work saving her reputation and working on her new identity as a star reporter for the school's newspaper.
Paperback, 281 pages
Published May 17th 2007 by Puffin Books (first published October 20th 2005)
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Sep 15, 2012 Kala rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Most of the time I go to the library I already know which books I want to get, but occasionally I randomly pull books off the shelf based on the title/cover without any prior knowledge of the author or book. This is one of those.

Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude is one of those weird books that is really easy to read, but when you're done you kind of sit there and go "huh?"

Kelsey is in the 8th grade at the start of this book and has just been forced to move from Boston to California due to her
Jan 25, 2009 Jaemi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Kelsey is less than pleased when her mother informs her they’ll be moving to California prior to her eighth grade year. On top of this, she’ll be enrolled in Susan B. Anthony—a high profile, exclusive private school for girls. Which, as Kelsey will soon inform you, is not at all what it’s cracked up to be. Despite it’s pleasant PR promises, Kelsey’s only friend that first year comes from outside the school. And if not for shared family events, she and Amy might never have hit it off either.

Oct 06, 2008 Nian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Before C.J. Logan, Kelsey was an outcast. In the snotty all girls’ school she attended, she was ignored and friendless. She finally takes initiative and decides to try out a public school. There, she meets C.J. Logan, a competitive Skater Dude. To her surprise, he’s actually interested in her! But she soon finds out that everything about C.J’s life revolves around skateboarding. For the first year, Kelsey is living blissfully. Soon, she realizes that it’s time to dump him. When she does, however ...more
Blythe Penland
Sep 26, 2014 Blythe Penland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was really good. I got this book at a Kiwanis Thrift Store in Black Mountain, NC. I got it this Summer and started reading it. I got to chapter 3, then took a little break. Then picked it back up again. I think that Kelsey really changed by the end of the end of the book. I gotta say though, I can not believe how long this book was. Not in pages, but in how long the book was. The Summer before eighth grade to sophomore year of high school. At first, I put myself in Kelse ...more
Jul 27, 2014 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I've slowly been reading my way through a stack of books my neighbor gave me. She thought my 12-year-old daughter might enjoy this one, but suggested that I read it first.

I think it's written with a slightly older girl in mind, so I won't be passing it along just yet. But there were some elements in the story that I liked. Kelsey dumped the skater dude because he didn't treat her well. I'm not sure many girls would recognize his behavior as disrespectful and uncaring, so I was glad to see a fema
Jun 01, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 4-star
I wish I could give this book a 3.5 stars. It was actually pretty good as far as readability and likeability of the main character. The only problem I had was the fact that the story told had very little to do with the premise of the entire book.

Kelsey is forced to move across the country to Berkley, California, after her parents divorce. She spends a miserable and lonely 8th grade year in a posh private all-girls school, so when she catches the eye of super-hot, celebrity skateboarder dude C.J.
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Kelsey just can't believe that her mother would decide to up and leave Boston and take Kelsey and her brother along to Berkeley, California, just so she could follow her dreams of going to law school. Except that, for her mother, it seemed like the perfect chance after the divorce was final. Sure, Kelsey may look like a character on The O.C., but she sure doesn't feel right at home in California.

She just wished that her mother
Oct 21, 2008 Huiling_mei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-2009
Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude and Other Commandments I Have Broken by Rosemary Graham is all about a teenage girl’s life through out high school and all the typical and non typical things that happen in one’s life. She goes into a private school Susab B. Anthony Academy for Girls in California, because she had to go through her parent’s divorce. Parent’s divorcing is hard to overcome for any people of any age. There she becomes the girlfriend of the most popular boy name C.J. Logan and the ...more
Sana Noor
Honestly, i initial reason of buying this book was because of the title of the novel. It intrigued me, plus secretly i have a thing for skateboarders.

The story was short and sweet. It follows the story of Kelsey, whose parents have gone through a divorce, never mind the fact that they still act like that they are still dating, and her mother up and moves her to California so that she can fulfill her dreams of studying law.

To me the story seemed to be very realistic. Kelsey struggles to find her
Nov 02, 2008 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11th-grade
I can relate to Kelsey, the main character, because of the things that she has had to go through. And just like any other teenager that you’ve known she really makes you want to snap your fingers in that Baruchian style because of her actions and the way she perceives things. There were ups and downs in her new school as well as her new home and she had to get used to the laughter and the tears that came with this abrupt change. The things that Kelsey goes through really made me realize how imp ...more
Jan 09, 2009 Roxana added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy books of skater dudes.
Recommended to Roxana by: Sister
This book was the funniest and shortest most interesting book i've ever read. Last year over the summer I read it and it was a book that made me smile and laugh. Kelsy moves to California and feel she really doesn't fit in. The one day C.J. Logan a skateboard dude ask her to be his girlfriend. Kelsy becomes popular but she doesn't like it. She just goes to the skateboard park talks about how cool he is and that's it. So, she dumps C.J. He then makes rumors that he dumped her because she was real ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Hanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I think because I picked this book up in the library with no premeditated ideas about what it would be like, (I thought the name sounded cool :) I was able to really like this book! Someone was saying that it wasn't what they expected. I had no expectations and was happily surprised.
So what is this book like? I remember there being lots of drama, in which many people can relate to (he-said she-said, how to comeback from a falsely ruined reputation, and seeing how fame effects everyone around you
First Kelsey's mother moves her from Boston to California. Then Kelsey becomes the girlfriend of superstar skateboarder, J.D. Logan, and then when she breaks up with him, she has to endure him spreading false rumors about her on his blog - which she finds out about after spending weeks in MA with her father. Kelsey survives by ignoring the rumors and getting involved with the school newspaper, with the support of a good friend Amy, grandmother Mim, and grandfather Leonard. When after months, she ...more
Liliana Tinsley
This book was very relatable but I don't think this book is good and I don't suggest it for anyone. I broke up with my ex who was almost exactly like the skater dude and I regret it because he treated me awful.
Katie Demedio
Aug 30, 2014 Katie Demedio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this last summer at the beach and, let me just say, it was absolutely worth every second of my vacation I spent on it! If you like fluffy, chick-lit books, this is it. Read this book!!!
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I liked it. Shows how reputations can affect you or how you think of people. Explores relationships and self-perception. Really good
Ms. K-M
Jul 30, 2008 Ms. K-M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kelsey is new in town--and seems to have found the perfect way to fit in. She catches the eye of skateboarding champion C.J. Logan and soon starts dating him. But she gets tired of his skateboarding obsession--and the way he keeps pushing her to the side. So she dumps him. Which, it turns out, is not something that happens to C.J. He responds with a scathing post about her on his blog, claiming that he dumped her because she was "a total sex fiend." Now Kelsey has to reclaim her reputation by wh ...more
Sep 21, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that turned a board eight grader into an avid reader and now English major.
Dec 07, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Local, YA author. Graham teacher at SMC and set this novel in Berkeley.
Clarissa Sanders
Easy, quick, cute read not something that really stands out.
Sarah Jane Thomas
Author is a professor at my work. She kindly came and spoke to a library group in my area. She gave away some free books. This one takes place in my neighborhood, so it was fun to pick out those parts. And her voice as a teenage protagonist was believable. Topic of finding your own place in the world and dealing with high school rumors was and always will be relevant.
Tori Isabel
May 06, 2010 Tori Isabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading what was going on in this book and it reminded me of being careful about 'certain' decisions teens make. At the same time, this book was based on Kelsey's perspective and based on how Kelsey's life takes stirs up a dramatic glitch in her social life not long after her divorsed parents made the decision of moving to Calfornia.
Dec 23, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Daisy Contreras
Jul 14, 2010 Daisy Contreras rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Omg this book was soooo boring like i actually, SWEAR TO GOD, made me fall asleep!!!it held no interest in my mind. oo you cant dump a guy so intresting. oo ur not popular well i have sumthin to say to that.. NOT EVRYBODY ISS!!!!jesus this book annoyed me i couldnt even completely finish it i just stopped.
Amy Wilder
Jan 08, 2010 Amy Wilder is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up while browsing YA literature, looking for something contemporary and not paranormal (harder than you'd imagine). I have been reading it off and on for a while now, hasn't really sunk hooks into me the way Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature did - or at least not yet!
Mar 08, 2009 Allise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I underestimated this book. I usually stay away from books like this, but I pulled it out at random, so I just decided to read it. It was a fun, easy read. It teaches you that you shouldn't abandon your friends and work for a guy and that you shouldn't always believe what you hear.
Katrina Knittle
Not one of my favorite book. it is a good book, but you have to be into it in order to enjoy it. The book was interesting up to the end when it seemed to trail off. I do also wish that the author would have said a whole lot more about the guy.
i love this book......i'v read this book 3 times and all 3 times i'v read it in 2 day's ....i can read it all the time. and some skaters remind me of people in my school especially the last one.
i love this book
Sep 11, 2013 Aurory rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Trailed off at the end in a big way. It felt like the author was working in it as an in-class essay and realized there were only five minutes left to finish everything up.
Aug 08, 2012 Kyra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't that good. I thought it would be better, but the author mostly told the story, and there wasn't that much stuff about the guy.
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