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The Charming Life of Izzy Malone

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4.46  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Izzy Malone isn’t your typical middle schooler. She wears camouflage combat boots, the stars are her only friends, and after a month she’s set a new record for the most trips to her principal’s office.

But Izzy’s life isn’t so charming these days. The kids at school think she’s a mouthy misfit, her musical prodigy sister gets all the attention at home, and no one takes Izzy
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 2016 by Simon & Schuster/ Aladdin M!X
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Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
Izzy is a middle school girl who prefers stars as friends rather than bunch of girls who chat about boys, makeup and clothes. Being different from others surviving in school is quite different for her. Not having in born abilities and tendency to get into troubles makes her struggle to get attention of her mother who has all the Love for her perfect mucian sister.
Things change when her parents make her to join charm school to appear her more like other likable girls; she receives strange letters
Victoria Kimble
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had a million dollars, so I could buy boxes and boxes of this book. Then I would go around to middle school cafeterias and find all the kids eating by themselves, and I would hand them a copy. Anyone who has ever felt awkward in their life will instantly connect with Izzy Malone. You might even start to wonder if Jenny Lundquist had been taking notes of your life, because how else could she capture the out-of-place feeling that so many of us have felt in our lives so well? This story is ...more
Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
"Normal?" Aunt Mildred looked like Grandma Bertie had just said a cuss word. "What an utterly terrible word - it sucks all the spark and creativity right out of a person. I've simply got no tolerance for people like that."

This book is such a gem! It goes straight to my favourite middle-grade reads list. I fell in love with it from the very first sentence, and my only wish was that it was longer (and translated to Polish, so I could pass it to my niece!).

It's a wonderful story about not being
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you @kidlitexchange for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

Izzy Malone indeed charmed me! I felt for this spirited middle grader who is often misunderstood, verbally bullied by her peers and feels quite alone in this big world. It doesn’t help that her sister is a perfect musical prodigy and her mother, who is running for mayor, is more focused on the image her family is portraying.

The characters truly make this book. They are all unique and
Elizabeth Mathis
Izzy Malone isn’t your typical middle schooler. She wears camouflage combat boots, the stars are her only friends, and after a month she’s set a new record for the most trips to her principal’s office.

But Izzy’s life isn’t so charming these days. The kids at school think she’s a mouthy misfit, her musical prodigy sister gets all the attention at home, and no one takes Izzy’s determination to compete in her small town’s Great Pumpkin Race seriously.

When Izzy’s antics land her in hot water, her p
Kate Olson
I absolutely fell in LOVE with Izzy and her world! It's such an original story, with the pumpkin races, Izzy being a rower, her mom running for mayor, having two elderly relatives living with her ~ I just loved all of it. It's a book absolutely brimming with heart and it hit me deep inside my middle grade core (because we are ALL really 11-year-olds inside). This is a book I would have LOVED to have as a tween ~ a book that shows you that sometimes it may be hard to fit in and feel a part of you ...more
Bookish Devil
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm unable to phrase my feelings. This book impacted my soul deeply and absolutely hate this book for making me cry.
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Izzy Malone just started middle-school and it isn’t going so well. Her big mouth has landed her in the principle’s office too many times and her unique clothes, unusual hobbies, and general “I don’t care” attitude, hasn’t made her any new friends. Izzy feels like she just doesn’t fit, not with the kids at her school and not with her musical prodigy big sister, running-for-mayor mother, or police chief father. Izzy’s behavior has prompted her parents to enroll her in a home-study charm school. Iz ...more
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I picked up this ARC because I loved the cover art, and read all ~270 pages in two nights.

Izzy Malone is, as a character, painfully relatable for any girls who grew up as a "tomboy;" I found myself face-to-face with my own adolescent self, down to the insisted nicknames, since my full name sounded too proper and feminine (similar to Izzy/Isabella).

Izzy is a story that follows finding yourself and your friends in early middle school, and I would genuinely recommend this book to any young girls w
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
5 stars. "Charming" book about pre-teen girls participating in an unusual type of Charm School. Read this book quickly in one sitting. ...more
It really is the charming life of Izzy Malone. I loved this book. I mean, I did expect to like it - but it hit every one of my expectations and soared higher. Much higher.

Izzy was fantastic. She was weird and odd and brave and confident in herself, while also not being confident. She really resonated with me. She wasn't what I expected and it was just perfect. I liked that she was not the usual tween heroine. Her lack of insecurity was a real draw - she was comfortable in her own skin for the m
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Sometimes I feel like a wildflower...except wildflowers are beautiful, and most of the time I feel like a sore thumb in a room full of pretty pinkies."-Izzy

Thanks to the @kidlitexchange
program- for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

The Charming Life of Izzy Malone is just that charming. Isabella "Izzy" Malone feels like an outcast in middle school where she is verbally bullied. And feels like everyone wants her to be like her older sister who she likes to call Carolyn the Grea
* Thank you to the #KidLitExchange and #JennyLundquist for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.

I really enjoyed this book but it wasn't anything like I expected. Somehow, I got the notion that it had a magical quality to it, but I was actually thrilled to find that it didn't and that there was so much more. I think that this is an awesome read for young girls trying to figure out finding their own tribe and fitting in.

Izzy Malone is in 6th grade and feels like she doesn't f
Jo-ann Walsh
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of The Charrning Life of Izzy Malone. All opinions are my own. Izzy (don’t call me Isabella) Malone doesn’t really fit in at her middle school. She is often sent to the principal’s office, and called names like “Toad Girl” by other kids. Her mom is running for mayor and is worried about being embarrassed by Izzy, and her sister Carolyn seems to be the perfect daughter. She desperately wants to be a part of the Dandelion Pad
Melissa Mcavoy
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5th, 6th, realistic, tweens
Middle schooler, Izzy, is a bit of a rebel and a winning misfit. Her sister is an easy going prodigy, her best friend Violet withdrew and terminated their relationship after Violet’s mother got cancer, the crew team is run by the popular girls and wont give Izzy her rightful spot on the team and the neighbor boy she shoots hoops with doesn’t acknowledge her at school. In fact she has so many trips to the principle’s office, when her temper or tongue get the best of her, her mother enrolls her in ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Izzy Malone is the "weird" kid in middle school that no one wants to be seen with - even at home, she doesn't fit in. The story is perfectly written for middle school kids, with family and social struggles that are perfectly realistic. It was fun to read, and had just a hint of romance, which I think was also realistic for that age. I'd definitely recommend it; it's a clean read, with plenty of things for kids to learn.
Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
yoo I loved this book! It didn't simplify complex life situations or family dynamics or individual experiences. It had more character development than any YA novel. It brought up romantic feelings as a part of life but not a central theme. It dealt with friendship, empathy, rebellion, and coming to see the sadness in others instead of reacting with blind anger. So into it. I want a charm bracelet too. ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book!! This book is about a girl named Izzy who is dealing with some promblems and needs help. Then she gets a letter in the mail about a charm school. When Izzy starts the school they give her tasks to complete that get more difficult as she goes on. Every time she completes a task she gets another charm to add to her braclet. Izzy does not who this person is... so read this great book to find out, who is giving her these tasks.
Sara Oachesu
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because it sends a very deep message that should be transmitted to everyone: we all deserve to be respected and listened to. It also deals with being accepted in a new school without having to pretend we're someone that we're not. Some might judge you but you shouldn't be hurt, instead feel proud of your imperfections. This book is recommended to teenagers who want to know more about school bullying. ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
This was such a fun book to read! The voice is fantastic and so Izzy, and I love the small town setting. Younger- and mid-age middle grade readers will especially love Izzy's adventures and obstacles. ...more
Nancy Luebke
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an enjoyable Teen read. I've chosen to review it. I've given it a 5* rating. My hubby even enjoyed it. My granddaughters almost fought over it. It certainly held their attention. This is a fun, clean read especially for the early teen. ...more
Kat Ice
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really "charming" book! I thought this concept was really cute but I will say it seemed to have too many ideas in it. I could have done without some of the issues but in all it was a really cute summer read. I will get into more details in my review on my youtube channel- kwellsbooks ...more
Ashley Aolani Salisbury
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved reading this book. More review to come, promise...just tired right now.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ages 10+
This was a really good book about making friends where you don't expect them and people who change. ...more
Scout Steinmiller
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i LOVED this book! it was super good
Dec 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I think you have to be in middle school to really enjoy this one.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-authors
This funny, sweet, tear-jerking book takes a hard look at what life is like going into muddle school, and into what charm school should be.
Gracie Shoemaker
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book. I liked the plot of the story.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jenny Lundquist grew up in Huntington Beach, California, wearing glasses and wishing they had magic powers. They didn't, but they did help her earn a degree in intercultural studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with thei ...more

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