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The Taming of Lilah May (Lilah May #1)

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Lilah May is always angry. So angry that she's on the verge of being excluded from school, her parents despair of her, and only one person in the world can put up with and understand her violent mood-swings. And that's her best friend, Bindi. Lilah hasn't always been this way. It all started when her beloved brother Jay disappeared two years ago. No one has heard from him ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published May 12th 2011 by Frances Lincoln Children's Bks (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 13, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
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I'm not sure if this has been even nominated for awards. I'm sorry for that non-sureness but I cannot lie; it should win some. Just like Zelah Green did. I reviewed them too and pretty much really liked them too. But this- this book is different. Still contemporary but more surprising.
Firstly, do you know one of the things I love about Lilah May? (Come on! Be physic.) You're not going to believe it but... the made-up words. I love it, I'm sometimes known for "inventing words" but I didn't think
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Sep 02, 2014 Josie M. rated it liked it
I can say I picked this book up on a complete whim. It was featured on my e-librarie's website so I checked it out, having no inention of puting time or thought into it, so I guess you could say it took me by surprise when I started to read and throw myself completely into it. I thought the concept of this book, althugh not totally unique, was interesting. I found myself relating to the main character more than I thought I would, this book is only 182 pages long so that doesn't really give a lot ...more
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I find books like The Taming of Lilah May by Vanessa Curtis to be really interesting. I've not come across many books to do with anger management issues very often, and especially not girl characters dealing with their anger and rage. I like that. I first came across Vanessa Curtis when I read Zelah Green, about a girl dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder. Again, I love the difference in these topics to other more mainstream YA
Aug 16, 2014 Kulsum rated it it was amazing
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Dec 17, 2011 Rachael rated it liked it
Lilah May is an awesome girl but is very angry. She has family problems in a quirky family, all because of her big brother.

I love the contrast between young Lilah and older Lilah, how she has changed over the past years.

The storyline is something which has been done before though, and it was a little cliched in places, but I do want to know what happens to her next!

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Jul 18, 2014 Reesha rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens
For me, this book was a short read. I was surprised how the theme of this book was miscommunication. For me, I believe that the low amount of talking between Lilah, and her parents contributed to her anger. As a passive person, this book didn't grab me. I notice how she constantly thinks about her brother. Again, it didn't appeal to me because I don't have a male sibling. I notice that the author's style has taken a style of going back into history. I found it a bit confusing, as I had no idea ...more
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Aug 14, 2012 BBlah Blahh rated it liked it
This book was better than I expected it to be. Although I feel like the novel was building too much suspense towards the part we find out what Lilah did to make her brother, Jay, leave. I was so disappointed when I found out what the reason was. It was so ordinary, and definitely not original. It was very realistic, as I am a sister and I would feel terrible if my brother left with no trace.

Let me just say that the ending had all the suspense packed up in those last 30 pages or so wasn't such
Apr 21, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
Amazing, I had this book just lying around for three months because I picked it up in a rush and when I read the summery it looked like a crappy book with a very simple story line that mainly consists of an annoying chavey girl...But boii was I wrong ! This books flow was so natural, I didn't feel forced to read this and it just kept getting better and better.The thing i loved about this is that it was a light read, so it only took me three ours to read this.It really did suit the number of ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
I though it was good but had a very strong content. It was meanigful and heartfelt as Lilah tells her story. She puts a liitle anger and a little sadness into each chapter.
i rate it 4.5 stars. (I'm guessing the date I finished it slitly)
Jun 18, 2014 Zillay rated it it was amazing
An amazing, interesting book. When I started reading this book I couldn't stop reading it. I was up till midnight reading it- it is so good. It's my favourite book along with The Wanderer by Shannon Creech and Twelve minutes to midnight.
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Feb 16, 2012 Nikki Heath rated it really liked it
What a great book! Sincere, emotional and very moorish. One of those books that you start to read and don't want to stop until you find out WHY. Fab:)
Jan 12, 2016 Gaynor rated it really liked it
Very readable, this book held my attention as I wanted to know what happened to Lilah's brother. However I think I preferred Zelah Green,Queen Of Clean by the same author.
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i hope jay comes back
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I'm a children's author whose first book 'Zelah Green: Queen of Clean' is published by Egmont UK and won the Manchester Children's Book Awards 2010. It was also shortlisted for the 2010 Young Minds, the 2009 Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the NASEN awards and the 2010 Bolton Children's Book Awards and longlisted for the Branford Boase 2010. The sequel 'Zelah Green: One More Little Problem' is ...more
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