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Ann, Not Annie

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Ann, not Annie, is tired of her nominal existence and has vowed to turn things around by dating the hottest guy in school, Jacob Waters. Easier said than done since Jacob isn’t even aware she exists. The truth is, due to Ann’s lively temper she spends more time in detention with the rest of the school rejects than she does fantasizing about Jacob Waters wearing spandex.

Published September 20th 2017
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Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)

Thank you to Book Tasters and Sage Steadman for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

High school, teenagers, dysfunctional family, and growing up.

This is the teenagiest book I’ve read all year and, man, was it fun.

Ann, Not Annie is about a teenager with a drunk mother and dead father who is trying to get through life and high school the best she can.

The first thing I noticed about this book was how Sage Steadman does not sugar-coat her characters and their personalities. She
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Actual Rating 3.5
“Thank you to Book Tasters and Sage Steadman for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review”.

Ann, not Annie is the story of a girl who is running away from reality by using her anger to shield her from people, thoughts and herself Until she met Danny who is eager to help her to enjoy the real teen life. But Ann has a new idea, which is to become Gf of too hot senior Jacob, who is clearly not a right choice.

On the other hand her life at home sucks, Her mother is an
Ann, not Annie exceeded my initial expectations of what I thought this book was going to be — a cute account of an unnoticed high-school girl finally getting the attention she desperately craved by dating the hottest boy in school. And while that’s partially what this book was about on its surface, much of the story went quite deep and completely broke my heart.

Reminiscent of a more grown-up version of Dork Diaries with the cute illustrations peppered throughout, Ann, not Annie confronts many i
M.  [storme reads a lot]
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was good. I read a lot of YA, and this one I could relate to in some ways. Ann isn’t the most likable person, but I think it’s because she just wants a normal life. She is dealing with a lot of thoughts and emotions, and I know high school can be really hard to deal with. And this book reminded me of how much I hated the time. You don’t know who you are, and it’s hard to find friends. So you think a boy and popularity will solve your problems. But it doesn’t. I think this boo ...more
Lynda Dickson
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Shelves: young-adult
Ann's father died in a car accident a year ago. But she didn't just lose her father that day: now, she never sees her Uncle Joe or her older brother William, and her mother lives in a constant alcoholic haze. At fifteen, Ann is virtually left to raise her thirteen-year-old brother Tommy on her own. No wonder she acts out and gets sent to detention all the time. It's there that she bonds with social outcast Danny - over Thoreau, of all things. When things start getting a bit too serious, Ann make ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Review

What is going on??? All the books I am reading recently are sooooo good and I end up loving them o.o I guess despite the business of this month I got luck in the books department and that is totally OKAY with me! And this book was beyond my expectations it was like a tornado that came from nowhere it sucked me inside its vortex and did not let go of me until the very end... And I must confess I have a thing for tornados they look disturbingly beautiful, dangerous (duhh eye roll
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
One thing I really enjoyed about this YA book are the squiggly drawings scattered throughout - it reminded me of the notes we used to pass back and forth when I was in high school (about the time Fred Flinstone was there too). It gave the novel an endearing quality.

The book centers on Ann (please don't call her Annie), who is a true "nobody" longing to be a "somebody" at school. She spends quite a lot of time in detention with her best friend, and she swoons over the best looking guy in school.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
“I’m just here to relay a story to you that was once shared with me about a girl named Annie, who, despite her best efforts, fell in love. That, after all, is what the great stories are written about: How people manage to find themselves in love.”

➸ ✩ I was very kindly sent this book thanks to Booktasters in exchange for an honest review and I unexpectedly loved it. It starts off with so much curiosity, I was instantly hooked. We don’t know who’s narrating it and that was something I
Ashley Aponte
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. The narration was unique, and the characters were relatable. It was an easy read, and the story kept me wanting to read more. I'm sure some will be uncomfortable with the drug and alcohol use, but I see it as realistic, especially in this day and age. I thought this was a great story of a girl who has a tremendous loss all while dealing with hormones, high school, and finding herself.

Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Let me start off by being objective. This book was an enjoyable read. The writing was great and detailed in terms of perspective. I didn’t notice how far I went into a book because of how the words flowed with each other like each word was synchronized with each other. For short, The writing style was pleasant and I loved it! It’s one of the things that you should look forward when reading this book.

Additionally, the plot was amazing. There was so much emotional content to it. Big things happene
Elle W
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Emily at Reaching While Rooted
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
The thing I love about the YA contemporary genre is it's spunk. The stories that come from this set often embody a take no prisoner approach that tells you how it is not often found in other genres. Steadman's new novel Ann, Not Annie is the perfect model.

Ann, not Annie, is tired of her nominal existence and has vowed to turn things around by dating the hottest guy in school, Jacob Waters. Easier said than done since Jacob isn’t even aware she exists. The truth is, due to Ann’s lively temper sh
Anne (The Reading Life)
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This is one of those books that after you finished it, you just sit there for a full minute, thinking about what you've just read.

This book exceeded my expectation completely. Although I actually don't exactly have an expectation, I did not expect it to be this good at all.

This book is an art piece. It took me on an emotional roller coaster and taught me more about life than what I can from my parents in a year. Last time I read a book like this, a YA book with a YA character with such dep
Ankita Gogoi
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Book Tasters and Sage Steadman for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sage Steadman pleasantly surprised me with her sensitive portrayal of a teenage mind. The book clearly exceeded my expectations and me as a reader could not help but be a part of Ann's life in all her angst and coming of age passage. The novel itself is a slice of life depiction of a 15-year-old Annie who prefers herself to be called Ann. It documents her fragile and at the same time her str
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The main character Annie, or as she would like to be called, Ann, has it very though. After her dad died and her mom started drinking day in, day out she didn’t have a choice but to take care of her brother and her mother. She has a temperament and is often found in detention, where she meets Danny. He knows what Ann is going through even if Ann doesn’t realize it herself, so he decides to keep an eye out. Ann tries to push Danny away because she believes he’s trouble and that’s the last thing s ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-favorite
Ann, Not Annie by Sage Steadman is a well-crafted and poignant account of a girl struggling to find herself and gain social acceptance as a teenager in the most difficult of circumstances. Through deft narration, the author develops both Ann’s complexity and simplicity in a way that instantly charmed me, and had me rooting for Ann to lift herself up and overcome her pain as she tries to navigate high school as a head of household. The author builds a good bit of tension with Ann’s family predica ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Big Thanks to booktasters and Sage Steadman for the book in exchange for my honest review .

Ann not Annie a yA novel about a high school girl struggling to have a normal life after her Father's death , sounds a cliche but the way it was written made it a great book

The loss of her father was the bitter beginning of a series of struggles and emotional shocks .Her mother became a raving alcoholic throwing all the responsibility off from her shoulders  ,elder brother William left for college cutting
Himanish Prabhakar
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
My review is 3.7 stars.

A new author in one of my favourite genres, and about the book, well I chose the book on the description, always. At the end of the book I found a sense of satisfaction. Because for a budding author I found this book as interesting. It has a good plot and lovely story weaved around it. I liked the writing style of the author, something new and refreshing.

Characters are lovely, and they are well developed nicely along the book. I liked the MCs. I like the POV but I must say
Rahayu Dewi Sa'adah
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is amazing! The conflicts, the plot, the setting are so familiar but because of that and the way of the writer wrote the story is make me binge to read! I finish it in just one seat!

Ahh and I absolutely enjoying the doodles! That’s super cute! And Tommy!!! He is so precious! I really want him to be my little brother! :((
Jill Kenna
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not gonna lie, I was expecting your typical Young Adult book all about the woes of high school going into this. But what I actually got was so much better! This book deals with some very heavy topics and does so very skillfully (and realistically). I really loved this book and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Ikomon Emmanuella
Ann, not Annie is a wonderful book.
The author writes exhaustively about a little girl who was unable to grieve and eventually became an angry and disturbed kid.
This is actually a very tricky subject but the author did justice to this storyline.
In the book, you can read and understand all the processes she went through, you can feel all her pain and several emotions.
This was an awesome read for me
The book is so real, I got some quotes I love which I written out...i might just stick them to my
Mr. Cochran
I have mixed feelings about this one. The short comics in between chapters were fantastic; I wish there would have been more. Ann's greater awareness of the world around her as the story progresses was also done particularly well.

There's a point in the story where Ann's best friend points out all the ways in which Ann's life has become a cliche, which felt like a sort of playful admission by the author. This book has a lot of the popular, albeit overused, tropes in young adult literature: a lov
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love coming of age novels. They’re so mundane that they’re relatable. I don’t expect anything too taxing but not necessarily boring either. They’re the perfect quick contemporary read. That’s why I was so excited when I got a chance to read Ann, Not Annie.

Her best friend and devout alien believer, Lisa, doesn’t like the changes she’s seeing in her BFF. Neither does Danny Feller, a fellow detention inmate and resident lost boy who has started keeping an extra watchful and unwanted eye on Ann.

Chirwa Amos
Some writers do not like being told what to do by us readers when it comes to some of these things. But tell them we won't stop. Especially when it comes to prologues, the kind that stands to serve no real purpose but to do more harm than good—we do not need them really.

We did not need Ann, Not Annie's Chapter 0 either.

Ann, the book's covergirl—yeah, pew pew protagonist—is introduced to us first page, in a way that makes us sit up. But she is hardly the type of person we would like to be caught
InStyle Book
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What An Amazing Book At Start i think i disliked ann because of her high school behaviour but than i just love her.
I love the Scene when tommy talks with his sister about engaging with boys of her high school.
I like this part very Much its a well said Sage Steadman that What else can we do? Deny it? Ignore it? Run away from it?
It doesn’t make it any better. Sometimes we have to accept that life
is the way it is and try to embrace the things about it that make it
good. The good comes with the
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: naab
One of my friends asked me to read this book instead of her and write a review. when I read the summery I decided that this is going to be some junk love story with a stupid girl and some boring boys. I said no to my friend. then 2 weeks later she asked me again to do it because her schedule was so busy she couldn't do it. I decided to tolerate whatever stupid love story it was just for my friend.

and it ABSOLUTELY turned out to be something COMPLETELY different from what it summary suggests.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Sage Steadman and BookTasters for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Ann, not Annie is a book in which imporant topics are being discussed, such as alcoholism, addiction, (teenage) insecurities, sexual assault and many more.

Annie is trying to get through life and figure out who she is, while also taking care of her younger brother, grieving the loss of her dead father and dealing with her addicted mother. On top of that, her older brother left and is unreachab
Izuchi Joseph
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
It will suffice to say that this piece was a good and easy read. I dash through its pages like an explorer seeking hidden truth.
A typical story of a girl in high school besieged by waves of misfortunes, she was taught life’s lessons the hard way, one could say she grew up way too fast as a result and in light of her dysfunctional family. Ann who was frequently called Annie by friends, family and foe was having a hard time fitting in at school, her temper and the fact s
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it

This book was amazing! I didn’t really know what to expect from it, going in to the story, but when I read a couple pages I knew I was going to like it. And I did!

Ann had a really difficult time after her father died, almost a year before. She secludes herself from the rest of the world and tries to deal with everything as best as she can. Tries to:) She has to take care of her thirteen year old brother Tommy, whilst she is only fifteen herself. Her Uncle Joe, older brother William, and her
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Sage Steadman was awarded a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. While pursuing her passion for writing, she worked as a licensed mental health therapist. She published her debut novel, "Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter," in 2010 under her pen name, The Hippie, and since, re-released the second edition under her real name. The novel has been deemed an “idyllic” read, f ...more

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