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The Center of the Universe: Yep, That Would Be Me

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I CAN'T FIX THE WORLD. I CAN ONLY SIT BACK AND CRITICIZE IT.





Welcome to the story of my life. Well, at least the story of my junior and senior years of high school. It's a profound, touching, and hilarious (if I do say so myself) tale told through cunning poems, revelatory diary entries, perspicacious (look it up) word definitions, shrewd bits of advice, and off-the-cuff (
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Paperback, 292 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Simon Pulse
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Arminzerella
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Allison
Sep 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is like the BEST candy you've ever eaten in your entire life. That first bite is so good that you end up shoving every single piece (of the jumbo sized bag) into your face and are left with a pile of wrappers. It's hysterical, annoying, ADDICTIVE! One of my favorite lines compares being high to running in a marathon--only you can't run straight. Love, loss, parental grief, the rare parental approval, studying, good friends, bad friends, honesty, college, first time--you know what I mea ...more
Kyle Wikle
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very fun book to read. It was quirky and funny and was not too difficult to just pick up and read a few pages. Many of the pages had either big huge bold letters that took up much of the page or sometimes just a single sentence. This made this 295 page book absolutely fly on by and kept me wanting to read more! In all, I enjoyed the pace and story line in this book very much and might consider checking out more books by Anita Liberty.
Casper
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This books is a great read for any high school students. It is a good blend of romance, comedy and information. This book can help one identify some struggles that may occur in high school and help others avoid these struggles.
Grace
Nov 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: koallage
yup! this book was so forgettable i had forgotten i had already read it until i was 68 pages deep and realized i was feeling a very familiar sense of disappointment.
Edna Fuentes
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
it was a good book to show kids life isn't always going to suck even if you always anticipate the worst ...more
zoë
Apr 03, 2020 added it
I forgot this book existed until recently and I loooooved it as a 12 year old loser
Alex
Jul 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
The book’s written like a diary, with SAT words and example sentences, poems, and charts rating how annoying her parents are. I’m still trying to figure out how much of this book is fictional. I thought it was all made up, but How to Heal the Hurt by Hating, also by Anita Liberty, is real… so I’m confused. I attempted to Google and figure it out, but my Google skills are somehow very lacking.

But this book is hilarious. Seriously. Anita is completely self absorbed and arrogant, but unapologetical
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Brandy
There’s a lot a teenager can relate to in this lightly-fictionalized memoir of the author's junior and senior years of high school: the frustrations of not having a boyfriend, the frustrations of having boyfriends who are less interesting up close than they were from afar, the frustrations of having parents who move their teen daughter across a city to a loft apartment with no privacy, the frustrations of having parents who enroll their daughter in summer acting classes but also don’t make a big ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by JodiG. for TeensReadToo.com

Anita Liberty is not the happiest teenager you'll ever meet. In fact, she can be downright morose. But she does it in a way that is so hysterically funny you can't help but love her.

Among the people who contribute to Anita's misery are her twelve-year-old sister, who is already in a committed relationship; her friends who vary in their degree of "friendliness" from week to week; the boys who are, well, boys; and her parents, who don't seem to know anything
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Alanna
Apr 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
I do not recommend reading The Center of the Universe by Anita Liberty. It is the average mushy love story about a stereotypical lovesick teenage girl. She kisses a different boy just about everyday. She hates her parents for a lot of bad reasons. The story is suppose to be true, but I think only some little details are because it is so far off.

The Center of the Universe was not a good book. Nothing happened. The story never made me smile, cry, scream or even laugh. The Center of the Universe wa
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Shauna
Jun 30, 2008 rated it liked it
picked this up to read and maybe help me navigate my teenager better. he got ahold of it and already read it and then i started it and am shocked at how many swear words and sexual references there are and i feel like a terrible mom for letting him read it before me! it's basically in a diary format. it's interesting how teenagers think for sure. it's also a quick read so far.

7/20/08: finished this today. It was a quick read. It was entertaining but I think too much for middle schoolers for sur
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Adriana
Fast read, somewhat humorous but too crude and even raunchy at times, which I felt was inappropriate for a teen book. I've read other teen books that use strong language and innuendos before, but this one came off as too forced. The character's language was also on the immature side for being 16, 17 and 18, it came off more like a 14 year old. The best parts of the book were when the author herself wrote an intro. and epilogue, so I probably would rather read her stuff written for adults. I just ...more
Rekha
Aug 06, 2008 rated it liked it
The author has based this book on her actual teenage journals, diaries and poems. The voice is angsty and dramatic and arrogant (oh the pain of always believing oneself the smartest person in any room) and funny. I think it would be easy for an adult to read this and dismiss the character in the book and her concerns, and there were a couple of points where I felt that way too. But then, I would ask myself: do the notes that I still have from all my high school friends sound kind of like this? A ...more
Ashley
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has been, or will be, or is a teenager.
I picked this because I thought it would work for an assignment. It didn't, but the book itself is funny and reminds me of all those crazy feelings we all had during high school. I found myself having been in the EXACT same shoes as Anita during my "teenage years." This book has it all: love, hate, jealousy, kissing, making out, pot, beer, SEX, musicals, family, parents....ALL OF IT! Two thumbs way up for this. "As for you, go have fun being a teenager. Or not. I don't care. It's your universe. ...more
Lilly
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying this was a book to easily get through, I literally finished it in less than 4 hours. After reading the past the prologue and reading the first 10 pages I figured I would hate it because of this girls stuck up attitude. However once I pushed past it I noticed the way she thought of herself related to me. In a cheesy sort of way Anita Liberty's little biography showed me how that all can be pushed past. It also proved that not everything does suck and even though "I can' ...more
Grace.707
OH MY GOD THIS WAS THE BEST BOOK I EVER READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I READ IN THREE DAYS LAST SPRING AND SINCE THEN I HAVE READ IT AT LEAST A MILLION TIMES SINCE THEN(before I lost it. )-:)I think that almost anyone will be able to relate to Anita's issues in the book with school, friends, family, relationships, and life. Anita actually wrote this book and it's all true! This book is quirky, creative, edgy, touching, hilarious, and just plain amazing! You will feel all of the cha ...more
Sesana
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun, quick, light read. Nothing earth-shattering happens, but does it have to? I enjoyed it enough that I added the other two Anita Liberty books to my "to read" list. The structure is a little different. It alternates diary entries (which do not start with Dear Diary, of course) with poems and SAT definitions. It also includes a prologue and an epilogue from Anita updating the events to the present. It really does sound like a real teenager, and I appreciate that. (Maybe not enough em ...more
BookChic Club
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
As you can tell just from the summary alone, this is an extremely hilarious, laugh out loud, and very funny book. Told through various poems, diary entries, SAT Problems, and the occasional list, Liberty's debut teen novel is the perfect read for any reader who enjoys sarcastic humor. The voice in this book is just so perfect and rings so true, and the plot is just compelling. If I didn't stop myself, I'd have read this book in one sitting. It is that good, and that quick of a read. It's just so ...more
Tracy
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, fiction
I read this book to see if it would be a good recommendation for my 14 yr old daughter. Absolutely NOT. Too many eff-bombs, too much focus on make-out sessions, drinking, smoking pot and having sex. However, I, personally laughed out loud and found this to be hilarious, fun, silly, ridiculous. Maybe this is one best read with age, maturity and hindsight. In any case, I thought it was a very fun read.
Astrid
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
I had this book recommended to me by a friend. I expected it to be comical and relatable, it's not. The main character kisses random boys every other day, developed new crushes daily, and dumps boys as soon as they like her. She annoys the heck out of me! She is everything wrong with teenagers today, and as a teenager, I hate the stereotype this book appeals to. The redemption for this book was the ending. I didn't find the closure terrible, and feel that she nicely concluded the book. ...more
Deanna
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever been annoyed with their parents
Recommended to Deanna by: BBYA Teen @ McArthur
Shelves: ya
I picked up this book after a teen patron said "If you are standing up and reading this book, you should sit down because you'll be laughing so hard you'll fall if you don't."
Honestly, I couldn't have said it better myself! I laughed my butt off reading this. I made my family listen to me read funny parts aloud and they cracked up too. Delightful!
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Jennifer
Apr 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
There was a lot in this book that made me laugh out-loud. There was also a lot in this book that made me cringe out-loud. I'm not sure if the cringing was caused by the liberal peppering of the eff-word or because I KNOW I effed just as much, for exactly the same reasons. Overall, I thought the book was funny and honest and a perfect look at the life of a teenager. ...more
Mr
Oct 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenagers
Recommended to Mr by: my aunt
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The Center of the Universe I would reommend this book to someone a litle older then me because of some of the adult conflict and cruel language.Teenager girls would eb able to relate to some of the different relateionship.-Skylar Mattis
Christopher
Apr 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Definately for older teens since the depictions of being an older teen are actually realistic and not moralizing, horrifying, or sugar coated. The main character reminded of Veronica from Heathers with all the funny journal pieces.
Renee
May 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Read in two nights. Felt like looking over my own journals, unsurprisingly. Not a lot of meat but enjoyable in bringing back some memories of being a self-focused kid, though I never had the mouth she had. :)
Gretchen
Aug 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is technically YA, but it is hilarious and totally worth it for anyone who likes Anita Liberty...or incredibly cynical sarcasm.
Kaitlin
Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people 13+
Really good, has awesome poems. Has a lot of cussing and sexual references though.
Autumn
Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Cracked me up the whole time!
Izzie4life
Dec 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I LEARNED THAT THIS GIRL IN THE BOOK (ANITA LIBERTY) IS A NORMAL TEENAGER WITH A TWIST READ THE BOOK ITS REALLY GOOD AND SUPER FUNNY I THINK ITS LIKE 280 PAGES BUT I READ IT IN 5 HOURS ITS ADDICTING
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