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40 Things I Want To Tell You

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,262 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Amy (a.k.a. Bird) seems to have the perfect life: loving parents, a hot boyfriend, the best friend ever. She even writes an online advice column, full of Top Tips, to help other teens take control of their lives. But after a new guy shows up at school, Bird can’t seem to follow her own wisdom.

Pete is the consummate bad boy. He’s everything Bird is not: wild, unambitious an
Paperback, 286 pages
Published February 10th 2012 by HarperTrophy Canada (first published 2012)
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Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Everyone is saying that they loved the book, but i found that it was such a disappointment!
When i read the back of the book i was so excited and had to read it right away(i love bad boy stories). When i started reading I loved the guy character and I thought this was going to be a great book!


The begining of the book doesnt start off too bad but -
you get further into the story the ideas and events are completely random!
One day when she walks out of school one d
I'm torn. Alice Kuipers' 40 Things I Want To Tell You didn't quite reach the level of expectation I had for it, sadly. Its a coming of age story about Amy (a.k.a. Bird), an organized, predictable, self-assured young lady with the grades, the drive, and an advice column on the side. She has everything planned - all the time. Except she's suddenly become tired of being herself, which compels her to do something utterly unthinkable, utterly wild. Unluckily, her one momentary stray into the promiscu ...more
I had this notion that 40 Things I Want To Tell You was about a teenage overachiever who basically cheats on her boyfriend and she thinks her life is over. Well I was wrong because there was so much more to this book. Amy is your classic "do-gooder." She's also an honours student and is also dating her next-door neighbour and best friend Griffin. Things start to unravel in her life when gorgeous bad boy Pete walks into her history class and she starts to crush on him hard.

What I loved about thi
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I first saw this book sitting on a bookshelf in Chapters, and although I didn't hear anything about it before, I was absolutely fascinated by the cover. At that time, I was waiting for my husband while he was running errands, bored out of my wits and trying to kill time. I picked it up, found a quiet corner and started reading. By the time my husband came back to get me
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Βλέποντας στις νέες κυκλοφορίες των εκδόσεων Ψυχογιός το "Σαράντα Πράγματα Που Θέλω Να Σου Πω", γεννήθηκε μέσα μου μια ασυγκράτητη επιθυμία να το διαβάσω. Τι κι αν χαρακτηρίζεται ως εφηβικό, η περίληψη και μόνο, όπως και ο πολλά υποσχόμενος τίτλος, με έκαναν να πιστέψω πως πρόκειται για κάτι πραγματικά καλό που αξίζει μεγαλύτερης προσοχής. Πλέον, και αφού έχω ολοκληρώσει την ανάγνωσή του, δεν είμαι σίγουρη για το πως πρέπει να αισθανθώ απέναντί του. Έχει πράγματα που μου άρεσαν, έχει όμως και πρ ...more
Crina (Reading Addict)
I had my eyes on this book for quite some time and today, because I wanted to read something easy, cute and quick, I said to myself why not. But I was kind of wrong about it, due to the fact that it turned out to be something else...

I mean it was YA/Contemporary but it also dealt with other serious issues which are kind of, kind of not, hinted in the synopsis. And honestly, to say from the beginning, I didn't care for any of the characters and when 'the thing' happened, I just told myself 'you
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is such a beautiful, breathtaking book. I can't recommend it enough! If you can track this one down, definitely get a copy!

Review copy received as part of an upcoming blog tour! Keep your eyes out for it! :)

UPDATE: actual review.

Amy just wants to fly; no matter what she has planned out for her perfect life, all she really wants is to learn to fly. To take that risk, jump, and realize that she can make it.

And don't we all want that? To finally break free of those things holding us back? Th
I didn't like it to be honest.I gave it one star only because I liked the cover they gave for Greece(half star) and because today I' m in good mood(that's the other half star) There isn't much to tell really...the book is about a girl who gets pregnant and screws up her life.No big deal. I like books that can make me escape reality not to dig me deeper in it. Seriously if I wanted a dose of stupidity I would speak to girls from my school that manage to get themeselves knocked up every year rathe ...more
Middlemist Red
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, young-adult
40 Things I Want to Tell You was such an easy and cute read. This book is not a romance novel, although the description on the back may lead you to think so. This is a realistic novel about finding the courage to do what's good for you when there are people all around you trying to force you to follow the path they chose for you. Sometimes things don't work out according to the plan. But, that doesn't mean that it won't turn out okay. Life can never be predictable no matter how hard we planned f ...more
Sharon Mariampillai
This was not the read for me. I wanted to read it for so long, and I finally got the book from the library app. This was a bad boy type of story. I love those types of stories. However, I was disappointed with the way the book turned out. The story started off okay, but then as the story continues I got more and more confused. The writing style was not that great. I did not really like the characters. There were times when I wanted to throw my phone. I was not a big fan of the book. Overall, a m ...more
My Summary: Amy Finch - known as Bird to her family and friends - has everything under control.

She's a straight-A student, has a perfect boyfriend, perfect parents, and she knows how to take control of her life. Amy knows how to fix things, and she loves it: she runs a website where teens can go to get tips about how to take control of tricky situations.

But Amy feels herself losing control, and even though she keeps giving out advice on how to take control, she can't seem to follow any of it. H
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Mar 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian-ya
3.5/5 stars

I found this book very hard to read for several reasons, including that one of the secondary characters reminded me of someone I know / a situation I have to deal with personally. If not for that, I might have liked it better.

Overall, I think the story is very realistic, and while some readers might negatively judge Bird's actions throughout the story, I think a lot of teens might not understand what they want out of life. They may promise forever and imagine a future with someone who
Diana  Hindi
Mar 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
this books is basically a tremendous disappointment.
let's see,
plot : nonexistent.
events : disconnected and trivial, almost with no real purpose to the story.
charterers : okay. maybe.
Ending : I didn't bother to get there.

Pete who was supposed to be one of the love interests for the antagonist, NEVER talked to her, not even a word. and on their first encounter they kiss? he never makes an appearance or any kind of conversation with bird. but somehow she knows he /wants/ her. B
Nabeeha Baig
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was ok


It was the most deceiving novel I've ever read. I thought it'd be like a nice little story where Amy and Pete go back and forth, although they're so different, and although this storyline sounds cheesy and cliché, start liking each other and end up together. And Pete needed to be in the story WAY more!!¡! Amy annoyed the hell out of me and I thought she wasn't listening to Cleo as much as she should be. I visualized Pete as Alex Turner, I didn't like the author's description, I just t
Nov 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a teen book, this was pretty damn good. Parts made me angry and parts made me cry. I can’t remember the last time I cried when reading. It always makes it so damn hard to keep reading. This novel is forever a reminder that unprotected sex, even once, is a bad bad thing. It’ll ruin your life and if people know they can be so damn cruel.
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Amy's that girl. We all know her. She's good at school, she's pretty, she's got everything down, right to knowing where she wants to apply to school. People like to make a lot of jokes out of these girls, because they're so predictable, we know exactly where they're going to be in a few years. But Amy's sick of being that girl, and she struggles with some bad decisions to determining if that's just the role she's been filling, or if that's really who she is. We get to connect with her in such a ...more
Maraki M.
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Αφηγείται σε πρώτο πρόσωπο η Έιμι, ή αλλιώς Μπερντ, μια έφηβη που φαίνεται να έχει την τέλεια ζωή: οι γονείς της την αγαπούν, έχει ένα καταπληκτικό αγόρι, παίρνει άριστους βαθμούς... Γενικώς, έχει τα πάντα υπό έλεγχο. Έχει όνειρα και φιλοδοξίες για το μέλλον, είναι αποφασισμένη να κυνηγήσει και να πετύχει τους στόχους της. Όλα αυτά, όμως, ανατρέπονται, όταν ο Πιτ μπαίνει στην ζωή της. Ο Πιτ είναι το κλασσικό "κακό" αγόρι, επικίνδυνος, κακή επιρροή, άγριος. Η Έιμι ξέρει από την πρώτη κιόλας στιγμ ...more
Ikhlas Hussain
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary-ya
In 40 Things I Want To Tell You, Bird (real name Amy) seems to have a perfect life, warm and caring parents, amazing grades at school, a loving boyfriend, and a bright future. Bird wants to go to Oxford, and she’s lined up her whole life so that she gets what she wants.

In her spare time, she writes an advice column for fellow teens, full of helpful tips and advice to ‘take control of your life’. But what Bird doesn’t know is that her parents’ marriage is falling apart, and when she gets tangled
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Amy Finch, known to everyone as Bird, is an ammeter advice columnist on the Internet, helping other teens take control of their lives. Bird appears to be able to do just that, balancing her schoolwork, her boyfriend Griffin and her best friend Cleo. But Bird begins to lose control when she meets Pete, the new kid in sixth form and someone a girl like Bird should not be interested in, even if she didn’t have the perfect boyfriend. In truth, Griffin and Bird went from being friends to dating so fa ...more
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know how I feel about this book.... Other than the fact that I absolutely loved it!! So much, in fact, that I managed to finish it within SEVEN HOURS. That must be some new record for me, haha.

40 Thing I Want To Tell You is about a girl named Amy, called Bird by her friends and family, who has her whole life's plan worked out for her. Just when she's about to finishing thing up in her final year at high school, things start falling apart for Bird. Her parents are fighting more than
Jules Goud
Wow. Words cannot describe how good this book was.

Alice Kuipers drew you into Amy story and her life plan that goes wrong after one night. She regrets, but also loves.

Amy is an interesting character. She had the perfect life, the boyfriend that she liked. Her own advice column. Then, she meets Pete. Suddenly, her life starts falling apart and her foundation starts to crack.

Amy, Amy, Amy. The things that she does, honestly, I can say that I understand some. Others, not so much. She gets so self
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, feels, y-a, beautiful
First of all, I love the cover of this book. It's definitely one of my favourite covers of 2012, along with This is not a test. It looks all vintage-y and I love the blue and the birds gahhh.
Secondly, this is the first book I've read by this author and I adored it. I love her writing style, so effortless and beautiful.

Third, I love the title of the book and the 40 things within the book didn't disappoint. I loved the idea of this book and how it was executed.

Fourth, I don't usually like books
Ioanna Bouna
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Σε μια στιγμη αυπνιας και θελοντας κατι αναλαφρο και δροσερο επιασα αυτο το εφηβικο βιβλιο ..με την εφηβικη λογοτεχνια εχω αριστη σχεση και αυτο το girly βιβλιο θεωρησα οτι ηταν ιδανικο για τις "μικρες"ωρες που ηθελα να διαβασω κατι χαλαρο ...Με απογοητευσε ωστοσο ..Αν και ερρε γρηγορα, η ηρωιδα ηταν "βαρετη" και μερικες φορες ενοιωθες σαν να παρακολουθουσες στιγμιοτυπα απο τα χτυποκαρδια στο μπεβερλι χιλς...Οποτε σαν τελικο συμπερασμα ??μια που το διαβασα και μια που τελειωσε ..nothing..
Christina Ruskjær
God bog, som handler om at man ikke altid kan kontrollere alt. Bogen mindede meget om tvserien "The secret life of a american teenager" og "Juno". Bogen foregår i et engelsk miljø, men på mange måder minder den om den amerikanske kultur i forhold til teenage mødre, abort osv.
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was such an easy read. And it was so cute and I think realistic. I think some people actually go through that kind of situation.
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Briana Cooper
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I couldn't put this book down! Though it was predictable and cliché, I found it drew me in. Unfortunately, the ending felt incredibly anticlimactic. I found it almost ruined the book for me.

The writing wasn't great. It reminded me of watching a reality tv series, you're drawn in despite knowing it's kind of terrible. Can I also say that the main character was so frustrating? She was incredibly self-absorbed, and I struggled to find a redeemable quality. Avoid reading this book entirely if you wa
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