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serafina67 *urgently requires life*

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  315 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
The hilarious online misadventuring of a teenage girl, as told through her blog.

Serafina doesn't have a boyfriend, doesn't have a best friend, and her parents fight all the time. But she does have a shiny new laptop (a present from her guilt-ridden and therefore overly-generous dad). And with the shiny new laptop, comes a shiny new identity: serafina67, blogging (and kissi
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press (first published April 7th 2008)
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Runa
Nov 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Loveliest Evaris
Oh my God shut this brat up. There is something about 12 year olds that irks me. Well, even if this kid ISNT 12 years old, she sure acts like it. All hyper and whiny over the internet. And to top it all off she's a BRITISH brat. I can barely handle American brats here at home, no way am I gonna read about some snot nosed pigtailed pile of slag and her "Mummy" issues.. Barf.

And I created THREE -- count em -- THREE new shelves JUST for this book! Hurray?
Sarah
Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this is one of the BEST books i have EVER read. i usually just read internet based books to relax, but this one really drew me in. it was so funny, so sad, so happy...everything a good book ought to be. i recommend it to everyone!
Tiani *The Writer*
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
IT WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME!
Jada Grant
I found it quite boring and the language was so childish you would think the narrator is 10 and not 16. Also some of the abbreviations were so weird, what does 'zomg' even mean? But there were quite a few bits I found funny and I liked the usernames some of the characters had
Laura
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
For those that just understand the idea behind blogging and basically exposing your life on the internet for everyone and his mate to see then perhaps Big Woo will be a shock for the system. However in this age of social media and the internet it’s probably a long overdue shock that is needed. Big Woo is the totally honest and all laid to bare life of Sarah or as we know her in this tale as Serafina67. She starts a ULife blog (probably similar to the likes of LiveJournal and Blogger formats) and ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Natalie Tsang for TeensReadToo.com

Susie Day's SERAFINA67 *URGENTLY REQUIRES LIFE* is a hilarious and intimate peek about being a British teenage girl, which besides the weird slang is strikingly familiar to being an American teen. It takes place over approximately four months and is entirely composed of Serafina67's blog and accompanying comments. (Note: There is a glossary in the back with definitions to weird English slang. Don't be like me and discover it after you've finished rea
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Kirsten
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In a comical way author Susie Day tells the amusing story serafina67*urgently requires life* in a bright pink 235 page novel. This realistic fiction novel is told in an interesting text/blog form.

Serafina is a teen who's parents divorce has newly impacted her life in the U.K. She writes frequently and goes through friend, boyfriend, and family troubles with her blog.When her father's affair turns into an engagement it adds one more trouble to her list. Read to find out the unexpected turn of eve
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Michelle
Nov 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
To sum up this book in one word, it would be *blah.
It was a fun idea, but the characters did not interest me at all, and I kind of feel like I wasted two hours of my life reading this book.
Sydney S
May 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
I thought this book was sooooo good after reading the back. I thought if this is a blog book I would love it. WRONG. Personally I hated this book worst book I ever read.
Caitlin
Sep 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very boring book, didn't enjoy it at all
Fiqa
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
Cool and amazing booookkkk♥♥♥
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally posted at Fluttering Butterflies

Big Woo by Susie Day is such a wonderful little book! The first half made me grin like crazy and laugh out loud and I had the general feeling of giddy happiness reading it. And then in the second half of the book as the story touches on some more serious things, I felt my heart absolutely ache. I think it's wonderful how connected to the characters I felt, despite the structure of the novel.

The subtitle for the book is 'My not-so-secret
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Anna
May 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Saying that the Internet is changing communication falls in the trite-but-true category; what’s often missed while bemoaning chat acronyms and the much-hyped isolation of the young is the way “social utilities” like MySpace and Facebook create once-impossible chances for connection. A small-town kid with broadband can find kindred souls all over the world. Every misfit has a niche on the web. Young adult novelists who understand this have turned to a new form of epistolary fiction: the blog nove ...more
Miss Ryoko
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I picked this book up at the library book sale because I tend to enjoy reading books written via technology (such as Lauren Myracle's fabulous TTYL series, which is written in AIM messenger format). And this book, while at times annoying because of the "teenagery" context (I'm finding myself talking more like Serafina these days), was witty and fun to read. I think I felt a connection with Serafina because we have a similar voice in the way we type online (though, I'm not AS...imaginative ;-) wi ...more
Kristen Osborne
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: summer-2012
So I don't know about the 1 person who reads these reviews, but I feel that I don't say everything I need to say with my former review format. And they were getting boring. SO I'm back to normal people format!

I don't add in a summary because, THERE's A SUMMARY UP THERE BY THE BOOK

SO Anyway, back to the book. Its pretty good, I guess. It draggggged on in the middle, but I liked the plot and the main character was interesting enough to keep me reading. I didn't like how lolbabe dropped off the fac
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Sesana
As the searingly pink cover indicates, this is a teen chick lit. Basically: Bridget Jones by a teenager on a blog with comments turned on. And that's the format, but it's also the point. Because it does touch on all aspects of internet community, the friendships, the trolls, and the weird. Obviously, the big thing that sells it is Serafina's voice, which is just perfect. In fact, she reminded me of a friend of mine. And that made it all more real for me. It can be very funny in spots, too. A gre ...more
Kate Pua
Oct 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
the most horrible book I've ever read. Very cliche like all other diary-themed books, where the first person always record their miserable, daily life events in their diary and bla bla bla so on. Not my cup of tea. Maybe to others but certainly not mine. I previously owned a copy of this book but I had a full refund with Scholastic after I only received it for the first 3 days since it was too horrible to bare. There are plenty of other great books out there which has more of a wide view of the ...more
Stacy
May 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, fiction, ya
This book was a nice light read. It was about a teenage girl living in Britain who was keeping a blog. She had friends commenting on her thoughts and she went through the normal trials and tribulations of any teenage girl. It was just a little bit too young for me (that's why the 3 stars) and I had a hard time concentrating on some of the book. It wasn't very long, but some of the language was a little out there for me. It is a blog and that's how a lot of teens talk now. It would be a good book ...more
Angeline
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
While I was initially annoyed by the poor grammar, I understand that it was the author's way of developing a voice. As I got into the book, it drew me in. It's not a masterpiece and it's not for everyone, but it was just what I needed. I read it when I was really stressed out and it took me away. Serafina67 is a fun book. The blog set-up is cool and the characters seem like actual people. It tackled some big issues like eating disorders, feeling outcast, and family relations while remaining ligh ...more
Stephanie
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
BIG WOO is such a great book: very funny but with serious issues underneath and wonderfully real characters. The whole dynamic of the blog and its commenters was SO believable, the voice was spot-on, and how could I not fall for a girl who, yes, worries about boys and her weight, but also writes VTNs (Very Thrilling Novels) and fantasizes about traveling with Doctor Who? Funny, sad, lovely and real.

(Note: in America, this novel has a different title: serafina67 *urgently requires life*)
$hanel
Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
When I picked up this book I loved the cover and then I heard that the book was written in all blog and text format so I thought "perfect for me." When I began to read the book I could not put it down! The story is about a girl named Sarah who creates a blog that pours out about her parents divorce and her own popularity and social life. Although the book does have some swearing that got to me but other wise the book was perfect!
Ania
Dec 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Don't be fooled by the title. This book is neither funny, interesting or inspirational. It's written as a series of posts, on a blog, by a teenager, and we all know what that means. Bad grammar, vagueness, unreadability and atrocious spelling. Half the time I didn't know what was going on and I didn't care. At the end of the book I felt confused and cheated, as some major event seemed to have eluded me. I didn't feel the need to read back and find out what it was though.
Anna
Jun 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
Okay, blogs are easy to read when you only read one entry per day and then they are fun, but a book written in them is hard to read. Only the comments sections were particularly fun or anything like that. The voice was off and overall it wasn't very good. I did laugh a couple of times though so 2 stars.
Johanna
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
A bit tricky at times to understand because you have to fill in a lot of blanks by yourself. Interesting and challenging format: the entire book is a series of blog posts and the comments that follow. A classic "empowered girl" book with enough swearing, slang, and mature content to keep it from getting too preachy.
Erin
Jun 21, 2009 added it
This was a super crazy/weird/physco/complicated book!!! It was really hard to understand in places but it kinda keeps you attention right in it! Reading it for a long period of time is the easiest way to finish/understand it.
Grace
Aug 10, 2010 rated it liked it
I actually thought that this kinds of books would be unable to tell a story. But it proved me wrong. This book tells a story. It's funny and a light-read. A good kill on time. Actually, nice twist on the ending. It was rather surprising.
Deva Fagan
Nov 11, 2011 added it
Recommended to Deva by: Stephanie
Shelves: 2011-read
Quick and funny! And what a fabulous voice! I expect some readers might be turned off by the net-speak and formatting (the book is told as a series of online blog posts, with comments, similar to reading a livejournal) but I loved it.
Mholt
Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw this book I thought it wouldn`t be to appropriete but after i read it I thought WOW this is awesome! The book is written in all text form and the book does have some cyberspeak but is still a great novel! ...more
Krista
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2017
Not a bad book, I enjoy the blog format of the book and the plot of it. The first time I read this book I was shocked by the plot twist but this time I was expecting it and saw the foreshadowing of it so good job.
4/5
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“RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS
As devised by frantastica:
dvds with Johnny Depp in them
white chocolate chip cookies
peanut m&ms
popcorn
pillows X 17
Method:
put all on sofa and mix till cheerful.”
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“FRANTASTICA: You Know Who says you look fabulous, darlink. ;)

SERAFINA67: ONG Voldemort has been eyeing me up?

FRANTASTICA: Well, you are looking a little bit Slytherin now. Tom Felton will not be able to resist.

SERAFINA67: Eeeee sekrit crush! Why are evil people always the prettiest?

PATCHWORKBOY: MWAHAHAHAHAHA! *twirls moustache evilly*”
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