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Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,162 ratings  ·  175 reviews
It's summer before eighth grade, and Erica "Chia" Montenegro is feeling so many things that she needs a mood ring to keep track of her emotions. She's happy when she hangs out with her best friends, the Robins. She's jealous that her genius little sister skipped two grades. And she's passionate about the crushes on her Boyfriend Wish list. And when Erica's mom is diagnosed ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely worth 5 stars. I learned so much about cancer, and other subjects from Carmen's rambling, and the mother.
This book is about a girl with an average life. She's an eighth grader, not popular, but not unpopular. She has the typical worries of an eighth grade girl- family, friends, boys, and clothes.
Erica's life is turned up-side-down when her mother comes home with 9 bikinis. Her mom can e strange sometimes, so she doesn't think much of it. But once at the dinner table, he
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is really interesting because it talks about family and feelings. This book is about a girl who is turning 8th grade name Erica but sometimes her family call her Chia. She has emotion problems and family problems. Like she is happy sometimes, she's jealous, and worried. The family problem is that her mom has a breast cancer. So her family needs to work together for doing chores. Lastly, Erica needed to work on the fundraiser for her mother.
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a nice one. It's about a young teenager trying to help her mom that has breast cancer and is failing school. She finally get things untangled and makes friends with her sister.
Tina Peterson
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel was another book I wasn't sure I wanted to read. This wonderful book came with another book that I had requested and I wasn't planning on including it with the Best of 2013 Middle Grade reads until I read it ~ it wasn't at all what I was expecting.

This book opens with your typical, everyday 7th grade, hyper boy vigilent teen ager focused on what all little 7th grade girls are aware of. You have boy/clothes/when am I going to reach the "close encounter of t
Sofia S
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel is a realistic fiction book about a girl named Erica who has a pretty normal life until her mom gets breast cancer. Her life turns upside down and she suddenly has so much responsibility! She depends on her mood ring to tell her how she is feeling.

She has so many struggles when this becomes her new life. Her family goes to this church in a valley far away to ask God for help and to heal their mom, so they made a promise/promosa to God to do something that is supposed to
Mar 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
Cant even rate this it's disgustingly horrible but great vocab too girly
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Nicole logan
In this book ask my mood ring an eighth grade girl has a very awesome summer until her mom Is struck with breast cancer.she has many problems and so does her mom, I had a grandparent with thereroid cancer he died a month after my birthday after surviving 5 years of this book is very specific and gets close to details.The plot is very good but more importantly we have a few characters.introducing Erica the main 8 grade character p, or 6+[]|4|=carmen although this sister seem ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshelf
Imagine the summer before 8th grade and you just found out that your mother has breast cancer. That’s what happens to Chia/Erica the main character in the book, Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel by Diana Lopez.

The book follows the life of Erika Montenegro, a teenager getting ready to start 8th grade. After learning about her mother’s cancer, she visits a famous church and makes a promise to run a 5k race in exchange for her mom’s health. Because it’s such a hard time in her life, Erica is feeling s
Mary Sanchez
Eighth grader, Erika Montenegro, from San Antonio, Texas is a normal teen who collects things. She has a large Chia pet collection and thus her nickname is Chia. She also has a younger, brainy sister, Carmen, who is hard to deal with. Chia deals with all her emotions which her mood ring displays. But there's a new emotion now that her family learns her mom has breast cancer. Her family deals with this sickness by going to a nearby church and making "promesas" promises after they see the miracle ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel was a really great book. It was about a topic that I find special to talk about because cancer has been a big part of my life. I haven't had cancer but a lot of important people in my life have.

This book was all about how Erica dealt with her mother having breast cancer. Erica had to make a promesa so show that she will do something for her mother to become heathly. Erica is nicknamed Chia because she gets these Chia pets for every birthday and Christmas.
Banelly Alonzo
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I rated this book 5 stars because it was really interesting to read and it has some non-fictional stuff. It was about the main characters mom having cancer and she did a promise that she would gather 5,000 people to do a 5k in exchange for her moms health to get better it wasent and easy job at first. I would recommend this to anyone who likes reading about how people help out others . They could make this book better by not putting to much stuff about her sister being so smart and her being so ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I know this is a YA book, but I feel like it was really oversimplified. What message was the author really trying to get across? Was is breast cancer awareness? Was it about promesas and cultural understanding? I also wonder what the purpose was for throwing in that the dad listened to NPR in the car. Don't get me wrong, I listen to NPR, but it just seemed like it was randomly thrown in the story. I thought the story was all wrapped up a little too neatly and didn't paint a very realistic pictur ...more
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
All the reviews rated this really high, but I am shocked it made the lone star reading list. Of course, I never liked girl drama and it is laden throughout the book along with the whiny sister. There were times that I almost abandoned it. 6th grade girls will like it because they will like the girl drama, the mom has cancer (love sad stories), and the wish list for boys. I just didn't care for it.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
This took me 20 fucking days to read. I have no words for the struggle it was to get through this. The subject matter is serious and I do sympathize with the main character, but MY GOD the dialogue in this book was equivalent to sticking rusty nails into my eyeballs.
Jordan Lopez
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Diana Lopez is a good author i enjoyed this book and while reading it!
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Girls ages 11-13
It was a pretty good story, but there was a lot of improper grammar. There is also the fact that I could not figure out what message the author was trying to get across. It was all just kind of thrown together. Also, if you don't enjoy reading about about middle school drama, do yourself a favor and don't get this book.
May 09, 2017 added it
The main character in this book had many obstacles that she had to overcome. In the beginning of the book Erica was told that her mom has cancer and Erica had a big problem with it. She was deciding weather or not to tell her friends.Erica had to help to take her of her little sister and little brother.
Cierra Hall
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very good book an I rate it 5 stars! This is a very heart warming book and I recommend it to all.
Liz Friend
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
The story: Chia just got some terrible news: her mother has cancer, and now everything she had planned for her 8th grade year doesn’t seem that important anymore. She makes a promesa (a kind of deal with God)and now she has to find 500 people to sponsor her in the Race for the Cure. She doesn't want to talk about it to her friends…but it turns out she’s going to need her friends more than ever before this is all over!

June Cleaver’s ratings: Language PG; Nudity PG; Sexual Content G; V
Leonardo Etcheto
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of drama and introversion. Pretty much everyone reacts poorly when the breast cancer diagnosis: the father gets frantic, the kids go bonkers. The mom does hold steady. “Promesa” was a good theme to run through the story. A great feel good ending about how you have to let people help, don’t wall off when trouble starts.
The lack of manners from the neighbors when “Chia” was looking for sponsors is a classic. This book was recommended to me by my daughter and I like to read what she rea
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Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was very well done. I have my different genres of books that I read. Books like 'Gone with the Wind' or 'House of Mirth' are my heavy reads. These types of books, like this one or 'Notes from a Liar and her Dog,' are my lighter reads when I don't want to exert much energy mulling over the text. I just wanna read for fun! And I have to say, this book was tight and developed. I emphasized with all the characters. The mother, although sick did not act like a victim and I loved that. In fa ...more
When I visit the library and don't know which book to get, I close my eyes, spin around, walk back and forth across the isle a few times, and pick a random book. This is how I found the book 'Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel'. When I saw the title, I thought, Oh no, not another I-don't-know-if-he-likes-me-so-I-asked-my-friend-but-she-gave-me-a-dumb-anwer-so-now-we're-fighting kind of book. And it was like that. Sort of.
'Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel' is the story about a normal girl with a normal
With a title that refers to mood rings, how could this be anything but a feel good novel? Of course, it's that and more as the main character, eighth grader Erica (Chia) Montenegro copes with the fallout from her mother's operation and treatment for breast cancer. While her father creates rules to keep the household quiet so her mother can sleep and heal, Erica assumes extra responsibility for her younger sibling Jimmy and watches helplessly as her sister Carmen obsessively counts everything. Th ...more
Madison Truesdale
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ask my mood ring how I feel is a book about a family that figures out something that they will never forget. The Montenegro family get really worried when they figure out that Lisa, the mom in the family, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The day she gets diagnosed with breast cancer she has nine days until she gets mastectomy which is a surgery where you get your breast removed. One day before her mastectomy the family went to the church to a special room called a "miracle room." Everyone ...more
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Are mood rings a thing again? Or is the author trying to relive her youth?

Chia (more on that later) is an average middle school girl: not a great student, not seriously popular but not friendless, etc.. Her biggest problem is that her mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and Chia now has to live up to a promesa made so that her mother will get better, as well as cope with the changes that this brings to her family. She has minor problems, like her brilliant-yet-deeply-annoying younger sister
Ms. Yingling
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Chia is ready to start 8th grade, hang out with her friends, and maybe get a boyfriend, but when her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer and has a mastectomy, this becomes more difficult. Her mother needs her rest, and Chia and her sister Carmen are expected to babysit their two year old brother and help out around the house. TO complicate matters, Chia makes a promesa that she will sign 500 people up to sponsor her in a 5K to benefit breast cancer research. Her friends help out a bit, but it ...more
Dustin G.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What I think about this book was really happy, and sad. It's the same feeling of having a family. I've had a lot of emotions for this one. This book is about a girl name Erica (Chia) montenegro from san antanio, Texas. Erica has a mood ring, she uses her mood ring to keep track within' her emotions. Her brother Jimmy is a brat and Carmen is like the weirdo. Erica's mom has breast cancer Erica is really worried and sad. She tells her friends about it even her friends is worried. Erica hangs with ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Erica Montenegro is better known as "Chia" for all the chia pets she has collected. But now she is dealing with her mother being diagnosed with cancer. Her father tries to protect his wife but she doesn't want to be treated like she's sick. Her sister tries to cope by promising at the shrine to clean the bathroom for intercession by the virgin. Chia can't think of anything for her promesa. Instead she fights with her sister and thinks about boys and parties. She gets a mood ring to try and help ...more
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