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Read My Lips

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  888 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
Popularity is as easy as a good secret.

Serena just wants to fly under the radar at her new school. But Serena is deaf, and she can read lips really well-even across the busy cafeteria. So when the popular girls discover her talent, there's no turning back.

From skater chick to cookie-cutter prep, Serena's identity has done a 180...almost. She still wants to date Miller,
Paperback, 238 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Simon Pulse
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Nov 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
A very creative spin to the whole girl-wants-to-be-popular story. A girl who is deaf finally has the chance to fit into school, but only if she’s willing to read lips and gather all the gossip. Besides the interesting twist, the same Popularity plot is there:

1. The protagonist is the New Girl who wants to fit in. In her entire existence, something (or someone) has hindered her route to popularity.

2. There’s a group who rules the school, AKA the bitches and/or the sluts.

3. Protagonist falls in
Mar 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2009
There is nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it just failed to stand out from other teen books to the point where it deserves more than 3 stars. Cute plot, cute writing, and a quick read, but there wasn't a whole lot of depth in the book, and it was nothing that I hadn't read before, if you get rid of the specifics.

Serena, a deaf teen who reads lips, moves with her family and begins at a new school, where she meets a group of girls. In her quest to be popular, she agrees to start rea
This book gave me some serious headaches but not so much that I stopped reading. It's just that it contains the bouts of insecurity often found in teenagers and it nearly killed me! Serena is likable and can be really funny, but she's also an idiot most of the time in her decisions. However, I was rather fascinated by the ending and I absolutely loved the last page. I loved the romance, even though Serena nearly screws that up, too. It's believable and I loved this fresh new twist to stories. It ...more
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Debbie by: Leah
This is a recomendation from my 12 year old daughter, Leah. She thought it was really good and wanted to share it with me. Brings me back to highschool! As Leah says, "its about all the "itchy girls with a B". Remember the "mean" girls! What a treat! It's a good easy read.
Amy Leigh
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The cover of this book is cute, simple but still pretty. I was drawn to the premise that the main character is deaf, which is so rare in books and I wanted to see how the MC would develop in writing. This book wasn't my favorite but I didn't hate it either. It did have a very Mean Girls feel to it.

Serena has just moved and is the new girl at her school. She knows she will stand out bc of that and bc of her disability, she is deaf. Just like most girls, she wants to be part of the popular clique
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-the-nurse
It was so disappointing because this book had so. much. potential. I mean, how many YA books deal with defying the "disabled" stereotype? Um, like none. Anyways, I was excited to read Read My Lips (it was on my to read list for years) and had no real expectations for what the book would be like.
Then I read it. And was disappointed. It was just like any other piece chicklit out there! Don't get me wrong, I love chicklit, really I do, but there's a time a place for a nice, big slice of chicklit w
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: july-2016
I first read this book back in high school and I remembered it being great. I related well to our main protagonist Serena because she wanted to stand out from the crowd, be a rebel, read manga, and occasionally skate. I don't do all those things at all. But back then I thought this idea of teenage rebellion and this mould we were all expected to fill was awesome

Now at 21 years old, it's just annoying. It seemed to me that Serena was being a stuck-up who was different and had to laugh at everyone
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I don't honestly know why I'm so drawn to these kind of books. They all seem so interesting until I realize the author has the writing skills of a 12 year old. Read My Lips seemed like such a cool book, the idea of a deaf girl reading lips and spying on people is downright evil yet perfect. Throw in peer pressure and some romance and you might have a hit! Until the reader realizes they wasted money on a poorly written book. The plot is fun and different from most other books, but its overall lay ...more
Jul 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Julie by: Terri Clark
Shelves: teen-lit
While I'd argue that the Deaf character's ability to lip read 85% of what she saw was believable, no one would argue with the true emotion of feeling like an outsider at a new school with the added weight of a disability. I especially felt the parent child relationship was more fleshed out than in most YA novels. I'd give it a 3.5 but we can't divide stars...
Dec 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
I really liked it, it was a fast and well written teen chick lit read about a deaf girl who uses her skill of lip reading to get in with the popular crowd.

Nominee for the Schneider Family book award.
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a book my cousin Shannon told me to read. I had a lot of fun reading this book! I think it was a good read.
Cara Salazar
Jan 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
The book, Read My Lips by Teri Brown, was a terrible ‘realistic’ fiction about the life of a hard-of-hearing teenage girl. This book was recommended to me as a good book to read when you want to be frustrated, and after reading it I can see exactly why it was recommended to me in this manner. Upon starting the book, I actually found it to be interesting. However, as the book progressed I noticed that none of the characters have much character development or even personalities. The book often fel ...more
Lamar H
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Read my lips by Teri Brown was a very interesting book in my opinion, although I usually struggle to finish reading books I happened to be able to finish this one in a short amount of time. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed reading Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer or any other book in the chick lit genre. I would also recommend this to anyone who is in the younger audience because personally I believe this book is written in a simpler ...more
Karly Brown
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book, “Read My Lips” is an excellent read for teenage girls going through their high school years. The story follows a teenage girl, who is deaf, as she enters a new high school. The view point from the main character is very unique, not many books are from that rare perspective. I think the author, Teri Brown, chose this for two reasons, the first being that teenagers with similar situations would be able to connect to the main character and feel a greater connection to the book. The author ...more
Alexis DiVenere
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Nadera Moustafa
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
“She has an eye for gossip” literally explains the entire book. Read My Lips interested me on how the deaf girl, Serena, is looked at as a freak, but later on, rises to popularity because of her talent of lip reading. The author, Teri Brown, used many personifications to show us about Serena’s personality. Like how her “revolting grey primer on [her] walls mocked [her]” (Brown 38). This was what Serena was thinking after ignoring her mother, and this showed that Serena had a very angered persona ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This YA novel was a great pleasure for an Older adult to read! The pace of the story was like a roller coaster. Every chapter held a twist-- sometimes good, sometimes bad for the main character, Serena Nelson. Serena is a 15-year old new girl in school, also profoundly deaf but able to read lips exceptionally well. In her previous school, Serena's deafness was a handicap; in the new school, she was offered popularity by a group of "it Girls" for her ability to read lips in order to spy for gossi ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Kate Stericker
This is not an enjoyable book. The plot seems unstructured and lacks realism (but not in an entertaining way), the writing is weak, and the main character isn't particularly likable. The entire book relies on showing rather than telling--Serena (constantly) tells us she's a punk but behaves essentially the same way as the other characters, the romance advances to 'I love yous' despite being motivated solely by 'electricity' and constantly derailed by fights, and the individual scenes are full of ...more
Kelsey Keating
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I honestly didn't like Serena at all at the start of the book, and frankly I didn't warm up to her a ton, but her story was compelling. I got dragged into loving girls I thought I was bound to hate.
I felt this book is from the era of girl-bashing while pretending to be about being yourself, but in the end, Serena realized her attitude about the girls she befriended wasn't right.

Not my fave, but a fun quick read.
Kate Bukowski
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a really good book, but at the end it just felt like the author gave up and tried to wrap it up as quickly as possible
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
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Finding diversity of race and sexuality is difficult enough in YA at times, but finding a novel written from the point of view of a disabled character is often even harder. After reading Brown’s other YA novel Born of Illusion and loving it, I put Read My Lips on my TBR thinking a book by her about a deaf girl was one I could trust without reservations. Well, I was wrong again. Read My Lips gives it a good try and has some solid moments, but its sex-shamin
Colin Alexiou
Jan 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
The book "Read My Lips" by Teri Brown sheds light on what its like to be a deaf girl in a mainstream school and the perks and also hardships that can come with it. I found that this book was extremely disappointing. The author uses various high school stereotypes that honestly ruined the book for me. Currently being a high school student myself I found this incredibly annoying and unrealistic. The author on multiple occasions would misspell words that a stereotypical high school student would sa ...more
I like the idea behind this! New girl Serena is deaf, but is quickly adopted by the "popular" crowd when they find out she can read lips... imagine what secrets she can uncover! What gossip and dirt she can dig up! So yeah, they're totally using her, but at least one of the group (Rachel) is nice and less shallow about it all. Of course, there's also a super secret sorority that Serena might be able to get into. It's all very fun and bitchy, and such a fast read that I was done in no time.

I woul
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
Read My Lips
June 03, 2008 by Simon Pulse
pages.256 $8.99
Teri Brown
ISBN-13: 9781416958680
ISBN-10: 1416958681

Many people has heard this "Never judge the book by its cover". But somehow many people judges people by the way they look. Why is that? Who knows why. Read My Lips is an average book it's okay on one side and it is horrible on the other side, in other word 50-50. Read My Lips teaches a lot of lessons to the readers, such as the term "true friends" and betrayal. The author, Teri Brown, was v
Jul 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-reads
Rating C+

Review There were a few things that I liked about this book: I like stories that involve social climbing-cum-morality tales as a story line; I like YA books that use social classes/school politics as a theme; I like some PG-13 romance; and the idea of having Serena be deaf was a new twist on all of this. Also, both Serena and Miller had some heavy history (her's about being deaf, his about being orphaned) that played in nicely with how they interacted and got to know each other.

But ther
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
When Serena’s parents make her move to a small town she’s not sure her skater chick self will fit in with all the preps. To top things off she’s deaf and quite a few people, including some teachers, think she’s a freak. Even though life isn’t perfect Serena is pretty content with her life and especially enjoys hanging out with her crush and the school rebel Miller. Surprisingly though Serena makes friends with preppy girl Rachel very quickly. While Rachel is really nice she is also part of a gro ...more
Emily Lichtenberg
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book 'Read My Lips' focuses on the life a deaf girl in a mainstream society and how life can be difficult but can have perks for mainstream deaf people. I found this book to be very middle school mentality, and unrealistic of the world's views of teenagers In high school. But the book did catch the actuality of mainstream deaf people and how common it can be for some deaf people not to sign and how well they're at reading lips and verbally speaking so that they can communicate with the hear ...more
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
All Serena really wants at her new school is to fit in, but when you’re deaf, that’s not so easy. When some A-listers discover Serena’s talent for reading lips, they offer her the chance to get in with them. But acceptance come with a price – the popular girls have enlisted her to spy and uncover any and every secret that’s of use to them. But is getting into the in-crown really what a skater chick like Serena really wants, or is this new job of snooping showing her true colors as a conforming p ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story is basically about how far will a person go in order to fit in with the other students.

Serena is a deaf girl and is starting a new school. She's in tenth grade. She lets some of the girls know she can read lips extremely well.

Some kind of sorority is mentioned, and some of the girls are talking about how Serena can snoop for them.

She's getting to be strongly attracted to a guy named Miller who doesn't happen to like the “preppy” look. She's torn between being with him, and being with
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