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What Would Emma Do?

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,726 ratings  ·  152 reviews

Thou Shalt Not Kiss Thy Best Friend’s Boyfriend...again...

There is no greater sin than kissing your best friend’s boyfriend. So when Emma breaks that golden rule, she knows she’s messed up big-time...especially since she lives in the smallest town ever, where everyone knows everything about everyone else...and especially since she maybe kinda wants to do it again. Now her

Paperback, 307 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Simon Pulse
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Jacob Proffitt
Sep 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
The cover copy of this book was simply too tempting to pass up. How do you recover from kissing your best friend's boyfriend? And in a small town where everybody knows everything about everybody else? Intriguing, yes? Unfortunately, Eileen Cook fumbles this wonderful premise and seems intent on digging her hole deeper the longer the book continues.

Two factors weight this book down throughout (and that's before you get to the tragically stupid non-ending). First, the tone of the book holds
Mar 11, 2009 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Of course I love it- I wrote it. : )
Well that was disappointing.

I was expecting a nice fluffy book. Instead I got a town full of preachers who made me super angry and zero romance.

Here's the thing, I'm Catholic, I believe, but I also think faith is very personal, it's not something I talk about unless it's already been brought up and I dislike it when anyone shoves their believes (or anti-believes) in someone else's face. Emma herself is not like this, but the rest of the town is. They're also bat-shit crazy, and will believe
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
I think I’m going to skip Eileen Cook’s older books. They aren’t working for me and I really love her newer stories.

That’s all I’m going to say.
Jun 02, 2009 rated it liked it
This title was everywhere when I decided to enter the blogosphere. Its cover was on every blog, reviewed nearly daily and yet I was so preoccupied with the start up of PSnark that I didn't really absorb the reviews. Thank goodness.

Though the title mimics the question of 'what would Jesus do?' and openly questions Christianity, I didn't feel it was disrespectful or had an ulterior motive. I was dense enough not to realise this would be a book with heavy emphasis on the exploration of religion but
Jan 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Modern-day Crucible. That about sums this one up. Set in a small-town in Indiana, Emma (Elizabeth) Proctor attends a private school--a Christian school--and church. It seems anyone and everyone is a believer in Wheaton. (At least on the surface.) Even the title is a play on words, What Would Jesus Do. Emma thinks sitting around and discussing WWJD is pretty lame. She thinks everything that goes on in Wheaton is lame. She's counting down the days, weeks, months until she can leave town forever ...more
Anna Motteler
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I loved Emma, she was innocent and blunt, and I feel like I could relate to her a lot, and that's always a plus.

She kissed her best friends boyfriend. Even though that sounds horrible, it's not like she meant for it to happen. Her & Colin were best friends long before her and Joann were, and HE kissed HER and admitted that he has had feelings for her for a very long time. But even though Emma thinks she does for him, a new guy comes into the picture. Sounds like
There’s this one line from the Stepford Wives (the new version with Nicole Kidman) that still sticks with me. “I thought: now where would no one notice a town full of robots? And then it came to me. Connecticut!” Following that same thought process, I think I read the author’s mind: “Now where would a modern-day Miller’s Crucible occur? Of course! A tiny, Bible-thumping town in Indiana!”
Emma lives in Wheaton, where the Church is the law. You can’t do anything without someone not knowing.
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Eileen Cook has certainly created a great novel. I loved Emma's witty, sarcastic, and teen angst ridden character. She is someone that all girls can relate to in the way she just wants to break out of her small town, has boy trouble, and friend issues. The main two main problems in this book is how Emma kissed her best friend's boyfriend right before Christmas and how suddenly all the popular girls are suddenly dropping like flies because someone is slipping them something. I enjoyed seeing how ...more
Michelle Sallay
Feb 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Ok, so I kind of hated this. Emma lives in a small religious town and complains about how hypocritical everyone is when they send Bibles to Africa instead of much needed food, while each new chapter opens with a completely ridiculous (and often religiously offensive) "poor old me" rant to God about her so very horrible disastrous life. And she wonders why God won't step in and make it all better. Oh, and her life isn't so horrible, she isn't a starving kid in Africa that is for sure. I have some ...more
Aug 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
There was so much more to this book than the summary says. There was a modern day witch-hunt, a church ripe with prejudice (that they preach against), and a lot of sass.

It was actually really funny because this story takes place pretty near where I grew up, so I knew the landmarks and I knew exactly where they were talking about even if they didn't say it by name. It was driving me a little crazy too, because I have no idea where Wheaton is...

Anyway, Emma gets in trouble with her best friend
Jennifer Wardrip
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Emma was raised by her single mom in a small town in the middle of Illinois. She goes to a private Christian high school which is socially ruled by the local minister's daughter, Darci. She has a damaged relationship with her best friend, Joann, and her boyfriend, Colin.

Everything was going fine until at Christmas Emma and Colin kissed. Even though the kiss was in a mall in a different town, it happened right in front of Joann's mother.

Now Emma
Elizabeth Nygren
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. It reminded me of the play The Crucible. I liked it though. It was a really interesting spin if you had read the play. I really like Eileen Cooks books because at first you think they're just going to be like a regular teen drama but then it's like nope! Here's se conspiracy and mystery and it just draws you in. I love it! Colin really bothered me and I liked Todd more. He was very mysterious. And Joann was a pretty loser best friend and Emma was basically a normal ...more
May 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Emmas everywhere
Recommended to Erin by: the cover
mostly because of the cover. Emma.... I thought the cover and the info on the back was really misleading cause the whole book had nothing to do with kissing your best friends boyfriend. It was all kind of about this "person" who is makeing all the popular kids faint. And she really hates her town and she wants to get out of it and she needs a schalership for track. For personal details about who should end up with who in here consult me privetly.
Cloie Rainilla
Feb 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
Guess I better explain the one star rating, huh?

Ugh. This book made me irritated and sad. I was expecting something funny, full of drama, and romance. I didn't get any humor or even romance. The drama was there but it wasn't entertaining.
Instead I got hypocritical christians. A whole town full of them :(

The ending wasn't even an ending.

Never gonna read this again.

1/5 stars.
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ultimate-faves
This was so good with a sad horribly good ending that makes me want to read the next book, but sadly there isn't one. I really don't know what happened but I'm going to think for the best. But really good, I really enjoyed it
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I forgot how much fun it is to read Eileen's books.
Review to come..
The cover of the book and the synopsis on the back are so misleading. I'm going through Eileen Cook's backlist and I was apprehensive about picking this book up because I was assuming it was going to be about a love triangle between a girl, her best friend, and her best friend's boyfriend. What I got instead was a much deeper story about religion, hypocrisy, and doing what was right. There wasn't even really a love triangle. Although Colin does flip-flop between his feelings for Emma and Joann, ...more
LaBrie James
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
I am so glad that book is over with...

At first I laughed out loud and thought this is going to be a good story during the first couple of pages... but then it became awful. A black hole of judgmental doom.

It’s so judgmental on all characters. The book makes Christians look bad, disliked the “brown people” references (even if it was in sarcasm), and I though Emma was very immature. She was judgmental in her own ways. The whole was ridiculous and felt like a bad teen movie.

Plus it isn’t about
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: rom-com
I had decided to give this one 4 stars because it’s funny and amazing, but then I got to. The non-ending, and that knocked one star (and I’m being generous). Hate when authors do this. I invest all this time reading your story, the least you can do is finish it, for God sake...
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This falls hard into the holiday light read category.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, ya
This is my least favorite Eileen Cook YA book to date. It was a fun quick read but the story just wasn't as entertaining in my view.
Liz Niskanen
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked it all though I wish it didn’t end the way it did.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Boring, no real pay off.
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’m probably going to say it more than once, but I loved absolutely everything about this book! If it comes down to it, I’ll even admit to wanting to spend a day inside Eileen Cook’s mind, because it seems that it could be a fun place to be for anyone who has ever read any of her books. Admittedly, apart from this book, I’ve only read one of her books so far, but I have another two waiting on my kindle to be read, and because I had such an awesome time reading this book – and finishing it in ...more
Barbara Martin
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, romance
The story is set in a small town: Wheaton, Indiana, where Emma Proctor attends a private Christian high school. In school, Emma and her classmates are expected to question everything with “What would Jesus do?” Emma thinks that sitting around to discuss WWJD is a waste of time.

Emma is hoping for a sports scholarship to attend a university away from Wheaton. She has only applied to one, Northwestern, hoping beyond hope that she will be accepted on her track scores. She doesn’t like the small
Jodi Davis
Read this and other reviews at my blog.

Emma has made the worst mistake you can make, she kissed her best friend's boyfriend, Colin. To make it worse, she lives in a small town, so she runs the risk of everyone knowing about it. Somehow the kiss keeps quiet, but now her best friend doesn't trust her, the boy is ignoring her, and Emma is feeling awful. When scandal breaks out in the town, and only Emma and Colin know the truth, she must decide what is worth giving up to save someone else. With so
Michelle Wrona
Eileen Cook is a spectacular author. Now, to this day, I've read most of her books, which were all pleasing. This one, not so much compared to the others' spectacularity. In many ways, this will be a more grown-up Margaret from Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

This is about Emma, who sinned a lot lately. She kissed her best friend's boyfriend, and her bestie's mom saw. That basically ruined a lot, and word gets around fast in a small town that Emma can't wait to get out of. All
May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading this book for a while now, so I have had time to really process the different views that the author wants the readers to see. I’ve noticed that she chose to make honesty a really big deal in this book.
There are three main characters in this book; Emma, Joann, and Collin. They are all best friends, but Joann is dating Collin. Collin and Emma are closer than Joann and Collin because they have known each other a little bit longer. So, over spring break, Collin and Emma were
Jul 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: seattle, 2009, psc
Emma is a high school senior growing up in a small, born-again-Christian town in Indiana. She is fed up with the hypocrisy and narrow-mindedness of her fellow students, and has all her hopes pinned on receiving a track scholarship to Northwestern so that she can escape. There's drama with her two best friends, her mother, and the school, all typical themes in a YA book, but sadly, the way they are explored is quite cliche. The main storyline centers around the drama that ensues when one of ...more
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Eileen Cook spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

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