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37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  905 ratings  ·  149 reviews

Ellis only has four days of her sophomore year left, and summer is so close that she can almost taste it. But even with vacation just within reach, Ellis isnt exactly relaxed. Her father has been in a coma for years, the result of a construction accident, and her already-fragile relationship with her mother is strained over whether or not to remove him from life support.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jan 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-half-of
I imagine it could've been a good book, but I was deceived by the cover. The one I had, had a cool pic of her on the swings at night, and I thought "hey this looks cool", I never really believed in the saying "you can't judge a book by its cover" (literal), now I know to do some research before I grab a random book.... If I'd seen the other cover I may not have been as interested (just because of the type of books i like to read). But i'm a young rather 'innocent minded' teen and I was not ...more
Jennifer Marie
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful teen novel that leads the reader through an accurate portrayal of how a fifteen year old experiences loss, emotional turmoil, friendship and betrayal, first loves, questions of sexuality, and the pressures of high school in a neat 240 pages. Once I started reading, I had to be forced to put it down (we were Christmas shopping, and I'd wasted over an hour of my friends' time) and finished it the moment I had time (aka, the moment I returned to campus: I curled up in my favorite chair ...more
Shay Dawn
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found this in the college library and read it.

I liked the plot about her dad, and the prose, but the actions in the story made me uncomfortable, starting with the party scene and leading up to the point I quit, which was shortly after a hang-out session gone wrong.

I wish I'd known it was going to get sexual. I'm not putting this on the DNF because I did read it mostly.

It's a chick-on-chick romance without much foreshadowing -- I had the book with the other cover, with the swing on the
Jordan Kuehl
37 Things I Love (in no particular order) by Kekla Magoon is about a girl named Ellis. She is just finishing her sophomore year in high school and is ready for summer. Her dad has been in a coma due to a construction accident that happened 2 years ago. Ellis has been struggling to keep a healthy relationship with her mother due to the fact they are deciding if they still want to keep him on life support. I relate to most of the teenage characters in this book based on how they handle different ...more
I felt sorry for the protagonist for what happened to her father, who was one of the most important people in her life, but other than that I felt detached from her and I couldn't care less about all the decisions she made in the book which, in addition, I couldn't understand even when I tried to. Her friends were insipid characters who didn't undergo any sort of personal growth over the course of the story. Other than that brief moment where she mourned for her father, this book failed to get a ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-s
Loved how at the ending, the number 37 was tied in, that was cool. Otherwise this was an easy read, with 37 short chapters, with not a whole lot of thinking involved... except for that twist in chapter 23... hay carumba. I also noticed that the reading level on the back said ages 14 and up, but I thought this was more for a middle school level, even though the characters are in high school
LeAnn Streeter
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a story put together with 37 things the narrator loves, each chapter is a different thing but the story is tied together by each one. The story is about the main characters life and how she goes through some major changes. Her dad had a terrible accident a few years ago and he never woke up from the coma so her mother decided it was time to let him go. But that was only her mothers decision, she didn't to let him go she still had hope he would wake up. She had a very strong ...more
Sydney Jacob
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
In the book 37 Things I love (In no Particular Order) Ellis, the main character, has had a rough two years. Her father was in a construction accident and has been in a coma for two years now. Her relationship with her mother and her best friend are not exactly in the best shape. Ellis and her mom rarely ever see each other because her mom works nights at the radio station and Ellis is at school during the day, and when they are finally together they do not know what to say to each other and have ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA realistic fiction readers.
Recommended to Ashley by: Found at Library. The cover was too gorgeous not to pick up.
4/5 Stars

Ellis father has been in a coma for years now after a construction accident in hopes that he still might wake up one day. There are only 4 days left of her sophomore year before summer vacation starts and Ellis is ready for it. Our main character goes to visit her father frequently after school, which adds more strain to her already troubled relationship with her mother. Ellis is also fighting with her best friend, or at least on her end she is. Often passive aggressive, Ellis has a
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia-books
I thought it was a beautiful book. Each chapter we get something that Ellis loves or things she might love. Sometimes those things changed. Sometimes I didn't know why she loved certain things or people until we saw more of her life. It was really special. I loved that format.

This book has a romance element. It has some comedy. It's really a story about a girl growing up . A girl coming to terms with the fact that her mother wants to pull the plug on her father. A girl realizing that she's been
Oct 15, 2011 rated it liked it
37 Things I Love is a very deceiving book. From the cover I expected something light and fun. What I got was a rather serious story that touched on first love, lost friendships, and the death of a loved one. I dont know if maybe my expectations were just set for something completely different or what but I just didnt really care much for 37 Things I Love.

The characters in 37 Things I Love were lacking quite a bit. The main character, Ellis, had very little personality and almost no backbone. She
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started to think of my review for this book I had to pause and really consider what the main flaw of this book was. It wasn't that the characters were undeveloped, it wasn't that there were too many topics covered, and it wasn't the fact that the title wasn't tied in to the story until the end of the final chapter. The main flaw in my eyes was that the book wasn't long enough.

Personally, I liked the characters. The only reason I found them underdeveloped was because we didn't get to
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In 37 Things I Love, Ellis, realizes that changes need to happen but doesn't want them to. Her father, who has been in a coma, is about to come off life support because of Ellis's mothers request, due to Ellis's fathers condition. Ellis was very unhappy because she wants to hold on to her father a little longer. Her best friend, Colin, helped her through the tough times and now their friendship has grown into something more. At the end of the story, it turns out that 37 Things I Love is the ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
It really should be 3.5 stars, but you know.

I loved the writing in this book...

And I thought the story told well...

But this book seemed uneven to me. The chapter length and format would indicate (at least to me) a younger reader, but the characters and their actions a bit more mature. The cover is bubble gum sweet, yet the book a bit dark dealing with real life issues such as growing aprart from your childhood friends, drinking, sexuality and death.

This quick paced book didn't allow for much
Mariah Pilcher
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: engl-420

This is a story of a teen girl who has to deal with many problems all at once: her father is in a coma in the hospital, her best friend is mean and spiteful, her love life is complicated, and to top it off, she tries to get reacquainted with an old friend. Things go wrong, love is lost and gained, and new relationships are formed. This book is all about the different types of relationships a teen can have, how they can go wrong, and how they can go right.

Roberta Weiner
Continuing through the YA section - this was unexpectedly touching. A wonderful book for an older child or teen dealing with serious loss
Carrie G
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tearjerker
(FULL DISCLOSURE: I read this book several months ago and was so unmoved when I finished it that I didn't write a review right away. Now, 20-ish books later, some of the details have gotten fuzzy. I apologize!)

I liked this book. It was good. It wasn't "The Rock and the River," (which I was really hoping for!), but it was good. I think my "complaint" (if you can really call it that) about this book is that, while the main character is a sophomore (almost junior) in high school, this book felt
Sara Peardot
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
37 Things I love, by Kekla Magoon is a very easy read. It is about a high school girl, Ellis and everyday problems she has to over come involving friends, family, and relationships. Ellis's dad was in a bad construction accident two years prior. He lives in an assisted living facility and lives off machines. Ellis's mom told her she thinks it is time to let go of her dad but Ellis refuses. Ellis has two best friends, Abby and Collin. She tells Collin what has been going on with her dad but she ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Two things I liked about this book in no particular order are that it read fast and dealt with the topic of grief well.

That's it.

Ellis seems a bit lost when it comes to navigating the relationships with people in her life. One of the most notable relationships is Cara, who used to be best friends with Ellis and Abby. Towards the end of the book, we learn why Cara and Abby constantly butt heads. The whole point of Abby's character is that as a reader, we're not supposed to like her, and Magoon is
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
In the story 37 things I love the character Ellis changed. In the beginning of the story Ellis was stressed out with her friends, family, and school. At the end of the story Ellis became more relaxed. She learned how to communicate with her Mom and not just her Dad. Her Dad is in a coma and her friends are very annoying. Ellis still visits her Dad, but can talk to her Mom too. Ellis made a new friend who is very fun and understanding. Ellis got a lot of anger out in the beginning of the story ...more
Natalie Phister
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ellis' Dad has been in a coma for two years. She and her mother don't know how to talk to each other, especially about the problems and the future they face. Meanwhile, her best friend, Abby. is getting herself and Ellis into all kinds of trouble, and Ellis is starting to realize that maybe Abby isn't the most healthy friend to have. As the story progresses, Ellis struggles to come to terms with all of this and more as her life crumbles around her. But she picks up some new
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
There were some really great things about this book! I loved the plotline with the Ellis' dad in a coma. It was heartbreaking. I also liked how her relationship with Cara grew, and all of their scenes together. The writing was also pretty wonderful for the most part.

What I didn't like were the side characters - Ellis' friends. They were not... great, and they felt very underdeveloped. The end was also kind of unresolved, which was annoying but I think I get it.

Overall, this was a quick,
This is a story about a 15 year old girl whose dad has been in a coma for two years and whose mother is talking to her about finally taking him off life support. It's about how friendships grow and change until we are just friends because we've always been friends, not for any other reason. It's about grief and how some times it's easier to let something consume us then it is so talk about it and work through it. It's about death and I cried reading it.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-books
3 1/2 Stars. This was just the right amount of sad I needed tonight. I think because the main characters are so young (sophomores in high school) there was a lot of drama due to lack of communication. But I definitely was like that when I was their age so I cant fault it. I liked the symbolism of the list of things the main character loved with the age of the father. And I did enjoy Cara a lot. She was a good supporting character. Colin was as well. ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer-female-ya
Started out not very great. Too much telling and not enough showing. The characterization was surface level and inconsistent: Colin is the overlooked "Nice Guy", Abby had no redeeming qualities and the main girl, Ellis is popular though she likes nothing about her popularity. The parts about grief are pretty good though and the f/f relationship is pretty sweet even though the closeness happens a little too fast
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the story except for the new feeling she is having with Cara... Her friendship with Abby and Colin is so realistic and I can truly relate. Sometime in your life you will have a friend like Abby who will always put you down and make friendship so hard to understand but as we mature this kind of friendship will help you find a precious one. It will also help you find your real you.
Sarah Saenz
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book could have been amazing. The skeletal story plot had so much to build on. The author had a few lines that really captured moments while whole paragraphs were bare and empty. The plot line followed that of Glee or any typical TV show about a girl searching the universe to find herself. It was typical and bland but could have been great.
This book was unexpected. This is a great book about loss and finding yourself. There is some LGBTQ+ rep, as well, which is always good to see. I would recommend this book to people that have lost someone because it really encompasses grief very well.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this in one sitting. I'm glad my copy was the girl on the swing. I would have gone in with the wrong perception maybe, if I had one with the bathing suit girls. Or not read it at all.

Really liked it. Seems like it's the way teens really think when they're acting their age.
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