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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Four best friends start a party-planning business in this fresh, funny tween novel from the authors of At Your Service and Breaking the Ice.
Twelve-year-old Sadie loves helping her mom with her wedding planning business, and with Sadie’s mad organizational skills, she’s a natural! That’s why it’s so devastating when her mother “fires” her after a Little Mermaid–themed weddi
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Aladdin Mix
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4.5 stars.

Wow, this book was fantastic fun, it was adorable, cute and I loved that we had some realistic stuff going on as well.

We have 4 POVs, 4 characters, 4 friends. Violet (or Vi, as she prefers being called), Lauren (or Lo/Lolo), Sadie (Sades) and Becca (Bec/Beccs) are great friends and after a disastrous wedding party where Sadie gets fired by her mom, they decide to make their own party planning business. To show Sadie's mo
Robin Constantine
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of this super-fun novel about the summer four tween friends launch their own party planning business. Sadie, Lauren, Vi and Becca were a blast to hang out with, so supportive of each other's differences, and really there for one another throughout the various challenges they face in the book. While it's totes adorable - there are also some very subtle life lessons that are never preachy. Looking forward to the next one!! ...more
Jen Malone
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I can't wait to have this book out in the world so we can share Becca, Lauren, Vi, and Sadie with everyone:) ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nov 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Sadie's mother runs a wedding planning business, and Sadie loves to help, but after a particularly disastrous wedding on board a boat, Sadie is told to go do other things with her life. Lauren's parents run the marina in their North Caroline seaside town, and Lauren is very invested in getting good grades and studying for standardized tests. Violet is very sporty and lives with her father in her grandmother's house, which is a step up from the trailer park, and Becca's parents run an information ...more
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Another adorable tween read. What I loved most about this was the group of girls and their fantastic friendship. Each one is painted as both an individual and as a member of the group and each has her own story arc. A fun story about friendship and the magic of summer and here's the big one, this is a great story about INDIVIDUAL CREATIVITY! Probably my favorite thing, when I think about it. A chef, an entrepreneur, a musician, and a big picture facts girl. I loved all of them and I know middle ...more
J. Mann
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning…you will need to seek out your three best friends immediately upon reaching the end of chapter one! Sadie, Vi, Lauren, and Becca are four great friends. They are supportive and kind and generous and funny. Each one of these sweet girls deals with their own issues, but never loses sight of the problems their friends are facing. Every new chapter visits (and revisits) one of the girls. It was an absolute joy to be in each of their heads. I had such a fun summer with them, and can’t wait to ...more
Sarvenaz Tash
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't imagine an MG reader not falling for this wonderful, funny, and insightful story of friendship and self-discovery. I especially loved all the details of the fun parties the girls get to throw. Between their really fun jobs and the girls' unique personalities, the book reminded me so much of everything that was great about The Baby-Sitters Club (a series of books I absolutely adored as a preteen). ...more
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
You're Invited is focused on the friendship of four girls, Sadie, Lauren, (Reb)Becca, and Vi(olet) and their party planning business, RSVP. Sadie originally worked for her mom (who is a wedding planner) but then she gets fired--seriously, her mom fires her--after an on the sea wedding goes wrong. Sadie goes on a mission to prove to her mom that she (her mom) needs her (Sadie). So with the help of her friends, RSVP turns from being just an idea to an actual business.

There are SO many good charac
Stephanie Faris
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You're Invited by Jen Malone and Gail Nall is the first in a two-part series about tween girls who run their very own party-planning business. The concept of a group of girls running a party-planning business is so fun, but these mega-talented authors make it about so much more than that. The themes of friendship and parental acceptance are something every reader can relate to. I can't wait to read part two! ...more
Valerie McEnroe
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the original Baby-sitters Club
Kid rating: 5 stars
Adult rating: 3 stars

Sadie loves helping her mom with her event planning business, but when a wedding goes disastrously wrong because of her mistake, Sadie gets the boot. There's only one thing to do. Grab a few friends and start her own business. From a kid's southern plantation mystery party to her enemy's fashion party, Sadie, Vi, Lauren and Becca are knocking it out of the park. Sadie is the entrepreneur. Becca is the boy-crazy fashionista. Vi is the athlete. Lauren is the
Milana Waller
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was pretty good but also got really boring in some spots. The book really didn't have a plot so I had a hard time getting through. Not the best book but it was worth reading🔸I really want to read more of Jen Malones books ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 stars

Continuing my Jen Malone author binge, I’m making my way through her middle grade novels. Since At Your Service went well, I embarked on You’re Invited with hope. You’re Unvited is super cute, and it’s reminiscent of a modern Now & Then, so I’m pretty sure I would have loved the crap out of it if I’d read it when I was wee.

There’s a strong commonality with At Your Service: these middle graders are very career-minded. It’s a bit strange how much they think ahead, considering they’re 12,
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looooooooooooooved it
Katie Fitzgerald
You're Invited, a collaborative novel by Jen Malone (author of At Your Service) and Gail Nall (author of Breaking the Ice) focuses on four best friends who launch an event planning business. Sadie, whose mother has recently fired her as her assistant to allow her to have more time to be a kid, is desperate to prove to her mom that she can succeed at party planning. As business takes off, Sadie's friend Becca enjoys the opportunity to meet boys, while Vi constantly butts heads with her archrival. ...more
Louise Galveston
YOU'RE INVITED to one rollicking read in this hilarious and heartwarming tale by Jen Malone and Gail Nail. Told in 4 different points of view by four diverse and amazingly realistic girls, the entire novel is woven together with threads of the strongest kind-those of friendship.

My 12 yo daughter grabbed this book from me (I received an ARC to read) as soon as she saw the cover. She returned it to me the next day, saying, "You're gonna LOVE it!" And she was right.

When Sadie, Becca (my fav voice
Rachele Alpine
This was such a fun read and the perfect way to start the summer! YOU"RE INVITED is about four best friends who start a party planning business and the adventures/obstacles that they face. It's a mix of The Babysitter's Club (yay!) and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (love!) and full of a ton of heart!

I loved the personalities of each of the girls. Usually when I read a book with multiple narrations, I find one that I really love and may speed through the others to get back to that charact
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So much fun!! I was hooked from page one, when I found myself “invited” to a Little Mermaid themed wedding. The scene that follows had me laughing out loud. Authors Jen Malone and Gail Nall expertly handle the changing points of view, and the introduction of each character, in this tightly constructed, faced-paced book about four best friends who start their own party planning business. This book has everything I look for in a middle grade series—interesting, relatable characters with real-life ...more
Ronni Arno
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like to read books that my kids are reading, because it gives us an opportunity to talk about the plot, characters, and their thoughts about the story. Both my 12-year-old daughter and I loved this book! The multiple POV's worked beautifully because all the voices were distinct. Each character had their own unique personalities. The story was fast-paced and authentic. As we discussed the book, my daughter told me that having a party planning business is exactly something she and her friends wo ...more
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expected this to be a fluff of a book that I would finish in the blink of an eye, but instead I was happily surprised by it. I loved all the characters, the story, the idea of a party planning business... When I was 7, I tried to start by own party planning business, inspired by Piper Reed Gets a Job but since I could only do my brother's birthdays, and they didn't want me to, it never actually happened. So I'm living my 7 year old dream through this book. ...more
Katie A
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Jen Malone's first book-At Your Service-when I read it. So when I learned (from her!) that she had another book coming out cowritten with Gail Nall I absolutely had to get it. And when I read it, to my surprise (not), it was absolutely superb! Thanks to Jen and Gail for writing this book, and I can't wait for Your Invited Too to come out!

Wow. I just realized how many times I said absolutely.
Mar 14, 2015 added it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This book is so much fun! The premise is fabulous; the setting is delightful; and Sadie, Lauren, Becca, and Vi are endearing, fully realized characters with such great friendships. I enjoyed all of the details about the girls' amazing parties, and I loved watching each girl expand her understanding of who she is and what she has to offer. I think kids will have a great time reading about RSVP's party planning adventures! ...more
Suzanne Dix
What a fun tween read! Girls will be so inspired by the friendship and ingenuity of Sadie, Lauren, Violet and Becca, best friends since forever who start their own party planning business over the summer. While nothing goes perfect, they pull each party off with a sense of humor and a ton of creativity.

Grade 6 and up. I'm looking forward to talking this one up with my middle school students!
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Anyone looking for a fun summer read should go straight for this delightful book. Full of humor, hijinks, and a good dose of sweetness, it's hard to put down and easy to love. Can't wait for the sequel. ...more
Four tween best friends form a party planning business, but when mishaps occur, they'll learn that having good friends to bump through life with is the best cause of all for celebration. ...more
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not exactly what I want to read. Kinda boring but some parts are good too
Christina Gagliano
Jen, you and Gail outdid yourselves! Thank you for this feel-good read that even an old lady like me can enjoy. The characters are very well-crafted and believable. Looking forward to the sequel.
Oct 28, 2015 added it
Awesome book
Jen Petro-Roy
Utterly adorable. Jen and Gail's writing meshes flawlessly. ...more
Debbie Tanner
I'm pretty sure this cover is completely indicative of what lies beneath. Pink, fluffy bubblegum. ...more
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