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Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  4,931 ratings  ·  482 reviews
Wealth, privilege, and way too many pastel-tinted opinions...that’s Carly’s life. And guess what? It’s. Getting. On. Her. Nerves.

Carly wants to be real, and she’s always counted on her little sister, Anna, to love her and support her—and tell her how right she is. But when Anna turns “hot” over the course of a single summer, everything goes weird. Suddenly Anna’s swimming
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Jul 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My whole "relationship" with the main character was strange. I liked her, then I got annoyed, then mad, then annoyed again, then I finally liked her again (but not as much as I first did). At the very beginning I had great hope for her. Carly seemed to have it right. The very beginning of the book opens with Carly writing a letter to her sister Anna and I could totally understand what she was trying to say. I could relate to the exact feelings that she was describing. A few more pages into the ...more
It took me 3 days to read this one, I feel like this says a lot! Not the best book I've read. Hate to admit this but I was often (way too often) annoyed with the main character.
Jul 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: real teenagers
2.5 stars. Or maybe 3, I don't really know.

"Do you remember when you said sixties music was an acquired taste?... Well, maybe I'm an acquired taste too."

This book was absolutely painful to read. It is crushingly authentic teenager-ness. The main character, Carly, reminded me a bit of what I think of as the good parts of my personality gone horribly wrong. She wants to be different. Real. Not like the people around her, mindlessly obsessed with money and appearances and practically drowning in t
I had really high hopes for this book. I’d read an interview on another author’s blog with Lauren Myracle and she talked about setting her books in Atlanta because she grew up here. I thought this would be a refreshing change from reading books set in NYC or LA. Well, it wasn’t much of a change. I guess it was just equal opportunity because all this book proved is that you don’t have to live in NYC or LA to be a rich, vapid mean-girl. The book was set in Buckhead which should have been sign #1 t ...more
Lauren Myracle should stop writing books.
I mean, I did enjoy her Winnie books, mostly because when I was eleven, I read eleven, and so on, and she carried me through my tween years and had a lot of the same issues I was faced with. I will always appreciate her for that.
But I feel she has really said everything she has to say, as far as I can tell. Many many times.
And guess what?
It's. Getting. On. My. Nerves.
Here's a basic plot breakdown of her books:
-Our heroine feels restless for some rea
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 14, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The phoniest book I've read in years. Not a single original idea; cliche after cliche; and simply boring. I kept reading because I happen to live in Atlanta; it was funny to pick out Buckhead references. But, God, if this pink sludge is considered to be a good YA literature, we are in trouble.
Rating: A

Review: I loved this book and sucked it down in one night of self-abandoned reading. (I even skipped watching the Gossip Girl season premiere (for shame) to read this book.)

Is that not enough enticement of how awesome this book is?

I'm afraid that anything I write won't be truly awesome and it'll make you think that the book isn't completely awesome, and that would be (for shame) too bad. I'm half-tempted to just repost the fantastic review of this book from the (fantastic) blog Forever
Feb 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
First off, I have to say how much I adore the cover for this. I love the showing of pictures instead of the actual words, it just draws you in before even noticing who wrote it or what it's about. Second, I heart Lauren Myracle's books, so I was super excited when I saw she had a new one coming out. Anyway, with these two factors, I knew I was going to be reading a fantastic book and I was right.

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks is a mix of romance and the importance of relationships between sisters
Hi everyone,
I really liked this book and I really liked the story, it was really entertaining and once I got it I just couldn't put it down. In my opinion, I thought the story just caught my attention at the beginning and for a while after. The only reason I gave this book a 3 was because I just felt like 200 pages into the book, it just started to drag me along. That might be just me, because I'm not a fan of non-fiction of realistic fiction books, but I would recommend this book if those are s
Issie Cassidy
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The reason i read this book was because I read the first page in the book. The first page wasn't the very begining of the story and from what i read, I needed to read more than that first page. It just proves that the begginings of books need to be made intruiging so that people want to read more.

This book i have put under my own choice. I decided that this novel was a book that taught me about another lifestyle other than my own, this could include a poor family, a rich family, a book about ab
Feb 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off let me say how much I adore this title. Even before reading the summary or seeing the cover image, the title sprang out to me, piqued my interest, and 3 months shazam! review!

So let’s step aside from the title and talk about the book itself. Like the summary states, the main focus is the sisterly love. What I found the most enthralling was the fact that they were scenes that they laughed, teased, and overall acted like true sisters. And then there were scenes where not everything was p
Salona Khanal
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As clear as crystal-
The author Lauren Myracle of the book Peace, Love and Baby ducks demonstrates a very clear and understandable characteristics of the characters in the book through their concerns for their loved ones and their feeling of jealousy. For example, Carla(one of the main characters) who is the older sister of Anna is always concerned of Anna getting in trouble with school or parents, she is protective of her and cares for her even though most of the people give their attention to A
Educating Drew
The Short of It

Baby sister isn’t the baby anymore.

The Long of It

Carly, the older sister by one year, returns from her summer trip helping the environment. Her parents might secretly think she’s a hippie or cause seeker. Upon her return, her newest decision was to stop shaving her legs. Anna is entirely opposite. Even though she’s younger only by one year, she’s definitely the baby and princess in the family. Anna also fits in with the country club lifestyle that their parents provide (Carly snub
Oct 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: sucked
I have a pet peeve, a horrible pet peeve worse than steak knives scratching glass plates or people who think grammar is irrelevant as long as u r totes awsom. That pet peeve is whiners, babies, and complaining of any form. It isn't so bad that I set the book down when she got annoyed with Peyton's hairy leg humour. I read through the first day of school, even. Storming out in the middle of dinner over an insensative comment from your father is stupid. Storming out in the middle of dinner is path ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ya-general
This one just didn't work for me. The narrator--elder sister, Carly--starts off deep, then becomes incredibly shallow; she's kind and loving and protective of her younger sister, Anna, then she's suddenly spiteful, all because Anna is the prettier of the two.

Also, the story felt kind of cliche to me in parts. Carly tries to be a free spirit, her own person, comfortable in her own skin, and she ends up being shallower than her own, "hot" sister ever was. There are other analogies, too, that struc
Myracle's previous book, Bliss didn't do it for me, but this one is a good read I can honestly recommend to my students.

The sisterly relationship in the book feels real, much like the relationship in Laura and Amy did: there are good things, and bad things, about being/having a sister. It's also good at showing how relationships between friends change, and how people change as they grow. The only thing that didn't ring entirely true was the boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, but that's not somet
First Novels Club
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, donna
Confession: When I first saw PLBD in a bookstore, I was like "What the heck is this book about?" Talk about a cryptic title. But I chose the (excellently narrated) audiobook on a whim. The best whim ever. And if someone asked me NOW what it's about, I'd most likely stammer and "um" a lot and eventually say, "It's about sisters. You MUST read it."

And you really should read it, like, if you're a girl
or if you've ever been a girl
or if you've ever not had a crush on the guy you should've had a crush
Okay, so hear me out.
In 2011, I brought this book to read on our family holiday. I was ten, and I picked this book chiefly because of its title. I didn't finish it because ten-year-old me felt the subject matter was inappropriate (lmaoooo)

Naturally, I decided to actually read it eight years later to see what was up.

2 stars.

This book is your average lame coming of age story. And I mean lame. The characters are tropey, pretty unlikable, and the plotline is exactly what you would expect from a lam
Ella Perkins
This book is about a girl named Carly. She has a younger sister Anna who is more developed. they both go to the some school. But when Anna thinks that she is more like Carly, like doing the wrong thing, Carly's life goes upside down. The guy she likes now likes her sister. how will that be resolved?

I noticed a text to world connection. I think this because almost every older sister has to be a role model. There younger sister would usually copy. That is just like what Carly and Anna do. i would
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had judged Lauren Myracle for what looked like cloying books but had no idea how good of a writer she was until I read Peace, Love and Baby Ducks. Not one of those "geek chic" books for YA librarians, this book is super relatable.

A teen librarian I work with had mentioned that I wouldn't like it because I don't like "girly" books. I just don't like Sarah Dessen. This book has a few pop culture reference but only a few, so it won't date so badly.

Dealing with identity, family, school, and romanc
Jun 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book, especially if you are someone with a sister. It's very much centered around the moral of sisterly love and watching out for one another. I didn't really like the beginning, but it comes together in the end.
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Jill booksandescape
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle is a novel about Carly, whose life has always been privileged. Carly wants a more real life, and looks to her sister Anna for support. But over the summer Anna turns 'hot', and she begins to turn away from Carly. This novel is a fun and fluffy read.
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peace Love and baby ducks was a really fun book to read, and i would reccomend it to anybody who likes realistic fiction, and being surprised! I must say that there were some pretty shocking parts in the book,so if you want to read this... expect the unexpected.
Jun 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of two sisters who are really close in age. Told from the point of view of the older sister who is trying to be an individual and find herself, plus deal with her sister who is close ot her but has, literally outgrown her.
I really liked it.
Kailey Baxstrome
Wow! This is basically amazing! I've had this book for 2 years and never read it! Great wordplay and I love the ending! The party had me on the edge of my seat! Love it, too bad this wasn't a series!
I didn't mind the book it was well detailed and descriptive but maybe TO descriptive.

- Haylea
Sashi Kaufman
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I was pleasantly surprised by this book which I expected to be more annoying in its fluffiness. It's still pretty fluffy, but well paced with some interesting characters.
"Peace love and baby ducks" impressively captures the utter ridiculousness of privileged white teenage drama. Perhaps a little too well at times, since the main character can been extra irritating with her judgmental attitude. (And you think bible thumpers are dicks? Look in the mirror, sweetheart.)

but still, it's an oddly entertaining book.

The writing is good. The pacing is decent enough & there's some good humor sprinkled throughout. The relationship between the two sisters is realistic
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Lauren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels. She was born in 1969 in North Carolina. Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r.

Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA's "Best Books
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