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The good girl, the bad boy, the diva, the hustler, the rock star, and the nerd. Six teens legally liberated from parental control for six different reasons, all with one thing in common: something to hide.

Now they’re sharing a house in Venice Beach, acting like a family, and living their lies. No parents. No limits. No alibis. One witnessed a crime, another might be a
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“You just won the jackpot, little brother. They’re gonna emancipate your ass.”

This was a YA contemporary story, about 6 legally emancipated teens living together in a house on Venice Beach.

The first thing I’d like to say is why are there only 5 people on the cover? This book has 6 main characters!

Anyway, I did have problems at first keeping track of each of these kids, but
Neil (or bleed)
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2015-reads
Tell me this isn't a stand-alone. Tell me there is a fucking sequel because oh my god I can't accept that cliffhanger. That was cruel. That wasn't I signed-up for.

So, this is a series. Oh god, yes. (See comments below)

Emancipated is about.... wait for it.... emancipation. Surprise! Hahaha. Seriously, Emancipated tells a story of 6 teens who considered or declared emancipation because of personal reasons-- family issues, career, hidden agenda, dirty secrets and whatnot. Six teens who has their

Let's start with saying that I totally agree with everyone 1) saying that the story goes nowhere and 2) asking why on the cover the are only five people when there are supposed to be six...

There are some aspects of this book that I liked and others that I really didn't.
Story and plot speaking: It has potential and I liked the idea BUT there's no ending at all. I know that it's a trilogy but usually all the books in a series end in some way, or at least they leave you with a "WTF is gonna
Kelly Gunderman
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: wtf, arc, edelweiss
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I was really looking forward to this book. I's a book about a group of teenagers who are emancipated from their parents and living by themselves in a beach house. How could this book possibly NOT be entertaining? I expected parties, romances, and some serious teenager screw ups. Well, I got these things, but in an incredibly boring, watered down fashion. To me, this book was the equivalent of sitting
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
1 star if this is not a series, because that ending is not okay for a stand-alone.
2 stars if there will be a sequel.

I want to give my short thoughts about this incredibly frustrated book. When I requested it I was hoping for an interesting mystery. There is certainly something going on, but it's hidden behind the endless switches between characters that all sound the same - and of course they have to be a cliché.

Paolo, the popular guy who knows he looks good, uses his charm for money. Lucy,
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
2/5 Stars!

This book follows a group of emancipated teens ranging from 15-18, popular to recluse and straight and lgbt. They are all living in a house on Venice Beach with no parents. But some people are hiding secrets.

I had some problems with this book because I felt like a lot of the character personalities were based of stereotypes and not very original. The story didn't grasp me, jumping POVs so much almost made me dizzy because sometimes I didn't get why some had chapters to
Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
Mar 02, 2016 rated it did not like it


This book. Was. Soo disappointing!! I've been waiting to get my hands on it for practically a year and once I did.. Well... Ugh.

It's so DUMB. There's 6 people, roughly the same age, 4 girls and 2 guys. Two are step-sisters, one's a spy, and one girl's past clashes with the previous life of another. Mix in a gay guy and a tennis player-lawyer wannabe (who's kinda full of himself) and you get your half dozen. Except... There's only 5 people on the cover....?
Nov 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
There are so many things wrong with this book I don't even know where to start. The characters are all super flat and also kind of dipshits. The writing came across, idk, weirdly clunky and mechanical. The pacing is a hot mess, super slow for like 75% of the book and then things start happening and get really dramatic in literally the last 10 pages where the timeline starts skipping around and then it abruptly ended, like what? I think it's supposed to be some slow burning suspenseful mystery ...more
Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
I received a free copy via edelweiss.

DNF at 21%

Emancipated is only the second review copy ever that I haven't been able to finish. When I requested Emancipated I was super excited. The cover is gorgeous, the blurb sounds super intriguing with a murder mystery vibe (to be honest I was expecting something like Dangerous Girls) but I couldn't make it past 1/4 of the book. For a 400 page book, I don't think I could have read the rest with such a mind numbingly slow pace. Overall, not a book I would
Read InAGarden
Jan 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Really hard to be a believable book. I stopped reading about 28% of the way through. It's not just that the characters are all living on their own at 14, 15, 16 - their dialogue is stilted and does not ring true to what teenagers would say. I guess in the land of make believe a parent would say I'm moving across the country so I'm going to let you live in a house with 5 other teens with no supervision - but not in any land that I've ever seen. The book seems like a teenagers version of what they ...more
This is a DNF (did not finish) review.

I read only a few chapters but could not relate to any of the characters. I found that the book had way too many points of view and it was difficult to keep track of the characters.

Thank you to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen books for a review copy of this book.
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher via Edelweiss.

Diversity Rating: 2 – It’s a Start!

2 (Maya is Mexican, Lucy is black)
QUILTBAG: 1 (exactly one gay white guy: John-Michael)
Disability: 1 (Maya has dyslexia)
Intersectionality: 1 (see Maya)

I really should have known better, but the premise was so tempting. Six emancipated teens living in one house? One witnessed a murder, one might be a murderer, and one is a spy on all of them? It
Liz Barnsley
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting and intriguing tale this one - a mix of teen drama and mystery it was very readable and often compelling.

An eclectic mix of kids share a house, all emancipated from their parents and responsible for themselves for varying reasons, on the surface they are pretty normal teenagers. Underneath though they all hide secrets and not everything will go to plan.

There is a lovely flowing style to the narrative and I was engaged with every one of the characters - the underlying mystery is well
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-zed
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Six teenagers discover that freedom comes with a huge price.

Opening Sentence: It happened like this: Candace needed to leave home and Grace found the solution.

The Review:

If you’ve watched Pretty Little Liars (yes, I’m guilty), then you’ll have an inkling of the kind of feeling I got when I read this book. There’s lots of drama, teenagers with dangerous secrets and suspense. In Emancipated, six teenagers move to LA to live under the same
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Emancipated was a very pleasant read. Basically, it's a great new teen drama with elements of mystery, romance and comedy. The story focuses on a group of 6 teenage kids who, for many different reasons, become emancipated and end up living together in a Venice Beach house. Each one of these kids comes with unique baggage and from unique background, and they all have secrets to hide. They're quite an eclectic bunch, too. There's a local tennis star dreaming of becoming a lawyer, an ...more
Hannah (fullybookedreviews)
The only reason this has two stars instead of one is that I found myself mildly entertained once I stopped eyerolling and finished it it one go.

But yeah. I don't have the energy to write an in-depth review, but suffice to say the concept is completely implausible and cheesy - really, 6 teens all get emancipated and live in a fabulous house on the beach? And are all comfortably well-off, and drive nice cars and go to school or work as an actress or code apps or used to be child tv stars or screw
Elise (TheBookishActress)
2 stars. Another forgettable YA suspense novel for the books.

The largest problem is the lack of driving plot; it’s too long and watered-down. The entire book is mind-numbingly slow and packed with odd plot holes. The ending comes out of nowhere, without even a decent cliffhanger; it’s just flat-out not resolved.

The characters have no personality traits beyond a lack of logical sense. They're boring and extremely flat. It practically doesn’t matter that the publisher forgot a person on the
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I overall liked this book. It was interesting though there were some boring parts. The main problem I had with this book is that I didn't feel any connection to the characters whatsoever which was upsetting because the best part of a book is feeling the characters feelings and that didn't happen for me in this book.
Kristen Cansler
Mar 17, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: edelweiss
DNF @ 15%

This book was so strange. I felt like I had started halfway through without any idea of what was happening.

Full review in May.
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
Yet another book that I have had on my TBR for a while. I was so excited when my copy of this book came through because the blurb had me hooked straight away. Whilst I mostly enjoyed this book, there were a couple of issues that I had with it.

I think my favourite aspect of this book was the multiple POV. We got a look into each and every one of the characters’ heads and each of them added something to the story. Each voice was unique and they didn’t mesh together. Each POV showed off every
Tiffany (About to Read)
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I got the feeling early on that I may have misjudged Emancipated. It sounded like a great book from the synopsis and the cover screamed “read me!” but it ended up being middle of the road. Not that I’m really complaining about that. At least I didn’t dislike it!

One of the problems I had in the beginning of Emancipated is that the teens seemed to want to be emancipated for pretty silly
Bekah Ward
Well, I don't know about this book. Yes, but also no??

The plot of this book is great - 6 teens, who for various reason, have been emancipated. Fascinating idea, for certain. But it wasn't really explored?? We follow the teens through their actions and what they do together. However, even the dramatic parts were't very dramatic. I wasn't on the edge of my seat, so to speak. The whole book felt slightly anticlimactic.

It was pretty easy to keep track of the characters, as they're all quite
I'm a bit disappointed.
I wasn't expecting this to be a fantastic book- the blurb was merely intriguing and sounded like something different.
But I was still hoping for something better than what this novel offered.

How the situation was established seemed lazy.
The mystery angle of the story just wasn't done very well. It was predictable, but also didn't seem important.
The characters were okay. I didn't fall in love with any of them though, which is what I've come to expect from good contemporary
Tomoko Miyakoshi
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-summer
A bit of a slow read at first, but by the time I was 2/3 through the book, some secrets were unravelled, more suspicions were made, and turned into a truly exciting read. Absolutely love the way M.G Reyes slowly let more details out and kept me wanting to find out more. All of the characters with their own secrets to hide. There's been talk about a sequel, so I can't wait. Just warning you though, the ending is quite a cliffhanger.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oohhhhh!! That was unexpectedly great! :D I really enjoyed it! *is confused as to why the Goodreads rating is so low...* I liked the plot, the characters, the setting, the conflicts!

I realized that this is probably not a stand alone when there was like 5 pages left!!!! I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!!! If the author doesn't get a 2nd book, I will cry! D: I NEED IT GODDAMMIT!
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
I honestly do not understand why this is getting low ratings.
I bought this book just out of random, basically. I saw it advertised but then the low rating kind of turned me off ... I have to say, I'm actually glad I read it and didn't let the ratings stop me.
I really enjoyed this book and was really drawn into the lives of these emancipated kids. It wasn't very hard to follow and everything fell into place so perfectly but throughout reading it I was on the edge of my seat, wanting answers
Remi Foliage
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

I didn't know anything about this law. I thought the idea of this book was just a joke. Here in Taiwan, we don't have this cool emancipation thing. (I don't know about you, but I think it's pretty cool.) Well...honestly, if I were an American, I think my parents wouldn't sign this for me, either. Haha.

Things I Liked About It

- the story

There were so many secrets in the story. While you're reading, you're also slowly revealing the truth.

Things I Disliked About It

There's nothing I
Allison Kise
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do you love unraveling secrets? If so, the book Emancipated by M.G. Reyes instills the use of mystery throughout the plot of the novel by telling the story of six emancipated teenagers with secret pasts. In doing so, the book is a perfect fit for the young adult mystery genre.
The story is centered around teenagers that have been emancipated for various reasons, sharing a Venice Beach house. Paolo, a top-ranked tennis player, was emancipated to stay in California to further his tennis career
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When I was a teenager, I had a couple of friends who dreamed of escaping their parent’s homes and rules and wished that they could be emancipated. That was never something that I could fathom, as while I didn’t always see eye to eye with my parents, ultimately I knew that they had my best interests at heart. When I saw this book on an end panel at work, I picked it up because I am always on the lookout for new YA fiction with a diverse cast of
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