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That Thing Formerly Known As My Life

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A cross-country move wasn’t exactly what McKinley had in mind for her senior trip, but leave it to her parents to up and move to Rhode Island. Her senior year was supposed to be awesome, but when she ticks off popular cheerleader Taylor, it goes from bad to worse.

The only good thing about moving is the mysterious, Camaro-driving, all-around-likeable Nick Phelan. But that m
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Lucinda
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a really cute YA story. It goes a little beyond high school problems and McKinley does a lot of growing, even if she does take a while to get there. Nick was adorable, would love to see him again.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, ya-contemporary
13 Reasons to Not Move before Senior Year:
- You lose all your friends and even your best friend starts to pull away.
- You have to start all over with the hierarchy of high school and being at the bottom is not cool.
- That cute guy you were digging and starting to form a relationship with? You haven't got a chance with him now.
- You get to trade in your swanky house in Las Vegas for an old, musty-smelling one your family inherits from grandma.
- You now have an ugly orange front door, which requir
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Katie W
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 Stars) A move across the country leaves McKinley struggling during her senior year of high school. The queen bee of the school, Taylor, has it out for McKinley, which makes things worse. There's nothing worse than bullies at school and somehow, Taylor always gets away with it. The only thing that makes it all bearable is her new PE partner and friend--Nick. Although she hates PE, he's a saving grace and takes their friendship outside of the track. The mystery and secrets surrounding Nick ar ...more
Rebecca Rode
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love a sweet contemporary romance with a little intrigue, and this one doesn't disappoint. I instantly fell in love with the main character and her predicament. I moved around a lot as a child, and being uprooted from everything you know can feel like the end of the world, but poor McKinley handles it with as much grace as she can. The romance is so cute and fun, and I absolutely adore the love interest. The questions that keep getting presented add an element of mystery that keeps the story m ...more
Cathy
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a cute book that I enjoyed reading! I thought that the characters were well-written, the plot was interesting and the ending was really good.

McKinley is a cute character, she's my kind of girl, she hates PE and is on the staff of the newspaper. I kind of felt bad for her, she's the new girl and in her senior year she has all of 2 friends and the way the popular kids, especially Taylor treat her, is not cool. But I loved that Nick showed up and treated her kindly. I liked that the whole
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iamnotabookworm
It was like an unanticipated punch in the gut. It momentarily stunned me.

Sally Johnson's That Thing Formerly Known as My Life is set in a high school in Rhode Island. About a girl who is trying to fit in, in a new school, in a new place and far from everything familiar and comfortable to her. Even her parents have become too busy with their pizza business that they have no time for her anymore.

In her first period PE class, McKinley Everest is the only one without a partner. It's because she's t
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Jaide
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
**I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

When I first started reading That Thing Formerly Known as My Life (TTFKAML) by Sally Johnson, a teen/YA-genre oriented 'clean' romance novel, I just knew I would not enjoy it since I am (ahem) a mature reader. However, this charming novel speaks to the young woman still lurking in each female, regardless of age. After your "inner girl" has finished enjoying it, perhaps paying it forward to someone of the younger generation would
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Claire Sayan
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Mylissa Demeyere
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a perfect teenage read, not necessarily one I would give to my almost thirteen-year-old, but one I imagine an older teenager would enjoy reading.
McKinley hates her new school, and the place she calls home now. Her parents decided to uproot her in the final month of her junior year, and she has practically no friends and no social life what so ever.
When the new kid in school, who happens to be a very cute guy, and her PE partner, takes an interest in her, she is a little wary of his
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Beth McGuire
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I RECEIVED THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK STARS MCKINLEY WHO JUST RECENTLY MOVED TO A NEW SCHOOL. SHE IS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH SOME OF THE POPULAR KIDS, ESPECIALLY A GIRL NAMED TAYLOR. NICK WHO IS BRAND NEW TO THE SCHOOL GETS PARTNERED WITH MCKINLEY IN PE AND AS THEY ARE BECOMING FRIENDS THEY REALIZE THAT THEY HAVE A LOT IN COMMON. MCKINLEY IS AFRAID TO LET NICK KNOW THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO BE HIS GIRLFRIEND DUE TO HIM ALSO BEING FRIENDS WITH TAYLOR ...more
Jenny
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a fun mix of snarky, vulnerable, sincere, and breaking out of one's box. It reminds me a lot of another YA novel I love, but yet has enough uniqueness to stand on it's own feet. I love the friendship between McKinley and Nick. I love how he helps her out in a class she struggles in, and helps her begin to find the confidence she needs to be secure in her independence. I love that McKinley isn't afraid to tackle challenging home improvement jobs that help her improve her surroundings ...more
Anita
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
That Thing Formerly Know As My Life is an angsty (don't you love my made up word) coming of age story. McKinley Everest (awesome name by the way) has been moved to a new life her senior year of high school. She is immediately targeted by the "mean girls".Oh mean girls, how I always hoped you would get your comeuppances. Nick has also just moved in and gets to be her PE partner. However, unlike most of the kids, Nick is kind. Nick is also smart, mysterious and oh so interesting.

At first look, thi
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Nicole
Aug 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review!

I would love to say I loved this book. However, I barely remember anything from it, except the basics. I could have sworn that I finished this book, because I vividly remember finishing it and saying "good, I can now do my review." However, life got in the way, and i didn't get a chance until now.

That being said, I don't remember much. It was a good book. There were parts that made me laugh, and characters that made me visualize everything
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Heather Green
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this one down. It was a quick, entertaining read. It was clean. I loved that it turned into a mystery. I wondered from the beginning if Nick was all he pretended to be. I really liked their friendship even if Nick was faking it at first. I loved that he called her Everest. I would have given it a 5, but I didn't like that McKinley was the one to always make the moves. I understand that Nick couldn't do anything until she was older, but even when she had graduated, he still didn't ...more
Stephanie
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it

I must say that this was a very refreshing, shorter YA romance. It took about 50 pages for me to really start to enjoy the book, but I found it very well paced. I felt that the characters were a little more mature than their ages, but I was able to appreciate it. This book sort of felt twilight-esqe - it's full of angst and drama. It was a very enjoyable read, but o can't help but feel short changed on the romance aspect.

Get “That Thing Formerly Known As My Life” by Sally Johnson: https://www.a
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NaDell
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book in a day. It took me right back to high school a little bit! I can remember feeling inadequate and thinking I didn't have friends or family who mattered and comparing to popular kids (even at the tiny school I went to.) I kept thinking the story must change somehow, but I couldn't quite put my finger on what the twist would be, but when the secrets came out, it all made complete sense. I liked the characters, even when she was moody (because what teenage girl isn't moody sometim ...more
Lisa
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-2016
The beginning of this book was very teenage aimed. I felt like it was a bit of a take off of the 'Twilight' trilogy. This feeling dwindled towards the middle of the book, but there was still that unattainable boy feeling throughout. It was an easy and quite romantic read. The story line was pretty good... not what I expected towards the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a clean, no sexual content, romance easy read with a feel good undertone.
Thank you to goodreads a
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Donna May
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book – it was funny and mysterious with some romance woven in. The author has a great way with writing. I could totally picture the story line. This is a great YA romance novel.

High school is a place that you are supposed to love, but when you are the new girl your junior and senior year, it is the last place you want to be. Girls feel intimidated by new comers. But, boys on the other hand – if they are good looking – are treated like Princes. Everyone wants to date them or be thei
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Cordelianne
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This book hooked me from the first page. I loved the two main characters McKinley and Nick. Their interaction in the book was great. I loved the mystery aspect of the book, but towards the end it became a bit boring. I liked the social aspects of the book, the message that life can always get worse and that you should be happy with what you got. Overall the book was wonderful. I would definetely recommend this book if you like romance with a hint of mystery!
Cassie
Sep 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I recieved this book free in order to review, this did not affect my opinion of the book. A short novel about Mckinley Everest a high school senior who moved from Las Vagas to Rhode Island, a lonely 18 year old girl with only two friends until Nick shows up. He is very handsome and goes with the "popular" kids but still spends time with her. This is a great book with an interesting plot. ...more
Melissa Ann
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very interesting even if the plot was a bit predictable. It did make me super hungry though, and I thought that McKinley was a touch whiny for someone her age but that did make for room for character development. So all in all a good read.
Gina
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It is a quick, entertaining read with a happy ending. It is very clean, which I really appreciate and would have no problem with one of my teenagers reading it.
Scarlet Bushman
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cute young adult book. Clean. It was a little predictable but it dealt with real life problems and
the main character was charismatic. Fast, easy read.
Pascale
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I guessed Nick's "secret" right from the very beginning as it was fairly obvious. Having said that, this was a really fun story and I so enjoyed it! Squeaky clean, engaging, fast-paced, it looks into the life of a typical high school with the "in" crowd, the nerds, the athletes, the newspaper crew, and a bit of a far-fetched but sweet and romantic relationship on the side. This is a great story for teens and young adults but is also engaging enough for a more mature audience. I would definitely ...more
Melissa
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 3.75 out of 5 stars

If I were to make a list of books that I thought I did not like but ended up liking, this book is probably on that list. I have a hard time getting in this book at first. The writing style and the storyline are not complicated and it has a very fun air to it. However, I think the first 3 chapters does not help me build a good relationship in a quarter of this book. I really love the plot of this book, hence the rating. But I have some issues with the protagonist. Her dr
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Ashley D
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was just ok for me. I would maybe have to read it again now knowing how it ends. There were some really cute parts in it like when Nick calls McKinley, Everest. I know that this was written in the high school scene but there were a lot of parts that seemed really immature for me. I know that because of Nick's job he couldn't pursue McKinley so she was the one doing all the pursuing which I had a hard time with. He did try to give h
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Deborah Andreasen
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I started out not loving this book. There were a few times I contemplated putting it down. I'm glad I stuck with it.

McKinley moved to her new school at the beginning of her senior year. She hates everything about it, and she's bitter toward her parents for uprooting her and then leaving her to fend for herself while they run the family business. Not to mention Taylor, the resident mean girl, has it out for her. The one highlight of McKinley's new life is Nick, a kid even newer than her. He's fun
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Jamie :)
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review:

I thought this book was a throughly enjoyable read. It was just the perfect mix of cheesy with enough intriguing plot twists to keep you interested. I loved how McKinley was so brutally honest and had the guts to say whatever came to her mind. She really was a likable character and you really found yourself rutting for her and Nick until the very end. With unexpected turns and a gossip magazine circling rumors there was always something turn
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Izzy
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Laura
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but I think it was written for young adult readers. There was too much teenage angst for me to really love it.
McKinley moves just before her senior year and spends the whole book trying to figure out how to enjoy her new home & senior year. All the popular kids dislike her, so life is hard. Enter a new boy at school who has the looks and money to fit in with the cool kids, but seems to like McKinley anyway.
I could relate to McKinley since I went to several schools. Moving a
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