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In Front of God and Everybody (Confessions of April Grace #1)

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If God wanted April Grace to be kind to her neighbors, He should have made them nicer!

Growing up in the country is never easy, but it sure is funny—especially if you happen to have a sister obsessed with being glamorous, a grandma just discovering make-up, hippie friends who never shower, and brand new neighbors from the city who test everyone’s patience. From disastrous d
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 9th 2011 by Thomas Nelson
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“Growing up in the country is never easy, but it sure is funny--especially if you happen to have a sister obsessed with being glamorous, a grandma just discovering make-up, hippie friends who never shower, and brand new neighbors from the city who test everyone's patience. From disastrous dye jobs to forced apologies and elderly date tagalongs, you'll laugh 'til you cry as you read the "Confessions of April Grace"!
Here are just a couple of April's thoughts: On her sister, Myra
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Leah
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
in front of God and everybody: CONFESSIONS OF April Grace

by KD McCrite

I am going to say something about this book that I NEVER say about Christian book selections - HILARIOUS! I mean Laugh-Out-Loud and read it to your husband funny!

April Grace is an eleven year old (going on 15) living in the Ozarks with her older sister, Myra Sue, her parents, her suddenly-hip grandmother and her new "citified" neighbors. April Grace is not about to tolerate being talked down to by her new neighbors, nor her
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Shay West
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I started reading Confessions of April Grace around two in the afternoon and finished around eleven o'clock that night! I literally couldn't put it down, even though eleven is way past my bedtime! :)

I was wrapped in the book from the very first page. April Grace is a sassy little thing who is proud to be a "hick" from the Ozarks and lets her snotty new neighbors know it (on more than one occasion). She adores her parents, idolizes her grandmother, and dislikes her older sister Myra Sue (as every
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Adriana
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I've been wanting this book for ages. It's one of the rare books that I buy and I'm so happy I don't have any regrets. This is a christian fiction book. I have not read one in a while. I've only read two in total so that's not saying much. Now before you stop reading because you read "christian fiction" let me just say that it's not that bad. There's only like one moment where if you weren't really religious and don't like to read about the stuff that you
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Zizi
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
It was okay, I just don't see myself reading again any time in the future, or ever again. Thank you, Mama for getting it for me regardless!!
Abbie Coon
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Bonnie
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I didn’t except a book narrated by a 5th grader to make me laugh as much as it did, but this spunky bookworm is part Nancy Drew, part Punky Brewster and a whole lot of fun. McCrite has a huge talent for getting inside the head of a girl who just finished the 5th grade and the way that April Grace described the people and events of her life made me fall in love with this sweet and heartwarming book!

Not only is it a story of a slightly sassy country girl who is not afraid to say what she is think
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Elevetha
Aug 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Elevetha by: Miss Clark
Shelves: humor, quirky, 2011
3.5 stars. Fun Southern narration. Humorous and quotable. Enjoyable fast read.
Alexis
This was such a fun book! I loved that it took place in the Ozarks and I loved that April Grace told it like it was. The characters were wonderfully made and the story had a good mix of humor and seriousness.
Rabiah
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Originally Posted at: http://iliveforreading.blogspot.com/2...

In Front of God and Everybody really brings back childhood memories of reading. Spunky, hilarious little girls which were the envy of every 8-11 year old. One of my favorite childhood heroes, was in fact, a kindergartener, and then first grader, Junie B. Jones, the character from the laugh-out-loud and amazing series by Barbara Park.
April Grace really brought back memories of the series (I still have all the books!) and it really made
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Karla Nellenbach
Feb 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Summary:

Eleven-year-old April Grace Reilly is even more fiery than you'd expect of any redhead. Her smart mouth and tendency to call things as she sees them gets her in hot water more often than not, especially since her parents are--in her mind--too nice for their own good.



The summer of 1986 starts out peacefully enough...that is until Ian and Isabel St. James move in next door. Their city ways and superior attitudes rub April Grace the wrong way right from the start, and things don't get much
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Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog: http://www.knittingandsundries.com/20...

April Grace Reilly is eleven years old and lives in Cedar Ridge, Arkansas. She's had her share of snooty city folk looking down on her and her family, and when a couple in a shiny car pull up the drive and are rude, she goes inside the house and lets her 14-year-old sister Myra Grace (who LOVES city folk) deal with them. THEN she finds out that they're her new neighbors, and her mom finds out that she was rude, and th
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Betsy
I cannot believe how much I LOVED In Front of God and Everybody. A friend of mine recommended the book, and I am so glad she did. The book is categorized as Young Adult/Teen, but believe me, adults will enjoy this charming story just as much. You will be drawn into the story from the first chapter. April Grace is a 11-yr old firecracker whose story makes you laugh out loud. She is a proud-to-be-from-the-country girl who does not understand why anyone would want to live any other way. Her family ...more
Kari Anderson
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
April Grace is a country girl through and through. She has a hatred for the wealthy since being made fun of by a rich family when she was younger. So when a couple cruises up in a Cadillac and says they’re her new next door neighbors, that’s just the start to her rocky summer.

In April Grace’s stressful summer, she also has to deal with her wannabe movie star sister Myra Sue and her grandma’s new boyfriend who April Grace is very suspcious of.

But this stressful summer may be the one in her life t
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Angie
April Grace is a country girl from the Ozarks and proud of it. She lets her new neighbors know what she thinks of them from the beginning even if she does get in trouble for it. Isabel and Ian St. James are from California and snooty; they have bought a run down place down the road from April Grace's family. The place is in such bad shape that April's parents invite Isabel and Ian to move in with them until it is habitable. Cultures clash between the St. Jameses and the Reillys and hilarity ensu ...more
Marcia
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book...I wish I could rate it higher than a 5.0. It is a farm girl turned Nancy Drew kind of story....with a little dash of humor and friendship thrown in. I was planning on reading this when I purchased it last year so I was happy to find out it was on the MO Mark Twain Award list for this year....what better excuse to read it than to be able to recommend it to my students?

I liked how April Grace was suspicious of Grandma's new boyfriend from the very beginning...I think his hearin
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Fred Pollock
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tweens
(note: I reviewed this novel earlier on my own goodreads page. This is basically the same review with a few minor word changes.) I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were fun and quirky. The story revolves around new neighbors in the rural Arkansas area where April Grace Reilly and her family live. These new arrivals are from California and very accustomed to city life. Not only are they fish out of water, they are really cranky about it. April's parents, who try very much to be kind a ...more
Marie Kuhlman
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found the light-hearted moments in the book not too sweet and *gag* like some books I have read over my many years. I also was very impressed with the skill and tact that my friend demonstrated when touching on more delicate subjects. Don't get me wrong, I love the gore, the grit and the down-down of some books, but not every book has to be that way in order to get the point across - even when it includes subjects of a sensitive nature.

I could relate to Isabelle St. James - her anger, her sadn
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Lynne
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book for middle grade kids. The characters were fun and quirky. The story revolves around new neighbors in the rural Arkansas area where April Grace Reilly and her family live. These new arrivals are from California and very accustomed to city life. Not only are they fish out of water, they are really cranky about it. April's parents, who try very much to be kind and helpful always, end up offering these folks much more help than April Grace is comfortable with. In addi ...more
Jeanie Loiacono
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
http://www.amazon.com/Front-Everybody...

If God wanted April Grace to be kind to her neighbors, He should have made them nicer!

Growing up in the country is never easy, but it sure is funny—especially if you happen to have a sister obsessed with being glamorous, a grandma just discovering make-up, hippie friends who never shower, and brand new neighbors from the city who test everyone’s patience. From disastrous dye jobs to forced apologies and elderly date tagalongs, you’ll laugh ‘til you cry as
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Karen
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
"How anyone can be that dumb and still be allowed to eat with a fork is beyond me."

That quote sums up the voice of young April Grace in this hilarious book from KD McCrite. In In Front of God and Everybody, April Grace stands in amazement and watches the goings on of her family and their new big city tenants during the summer of 1986. I adored this quick read and hope it becomes an eventual series. It's going to be marketed as Christian Fiction, and, unfortunately, I know this often turns some p
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Mary
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tween girls, kids/parents looking for Christian fiction, fans of humorous books
April Grace's summer takes a turn for the worse as she deals with her new snobbish neighbors, her grandma's new and bombastic boyfriend, and her older sister's increasingly bratty behavior. While her parents and grandma encourage her to try to find good in everyone, April Grace finds it difficult to keep her snarky comments to herself. Thank goodness she lets loose, because it makes for a very funny book. In the end, lessons are learned all around, characters get what's coming to them, and adver ...more
JudyAnn
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I like this book. The humor will take adult readers back to their young adult and pre-teen years.

The book has deeper 'lessons' about people, life, hopes and dreams, but touches them all with a light wand.

This is the first book in a series. According to the author, it is based in a time before the Internet, instant communication and search engines so the characters can work out their stories without the 'help' of Google and Wikipedia.

I recommend this book to both young and adult readers. It is
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Brandy
Jul 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, netgalley, nook
April Grace and her family live on a dairy farm in a rural area of Arkansas. When a couple from California move into the dilapidated house next door, she knows that some upsets are coming! Add in a Grandma who is dating, wearing make-up and kissing and a sister who has gone crazy to emulate the whiny California woman, and April Grace is up to her eyeballs in a comedy of errors and .

April Grace is a great character full of witty quips and a smart mouth that will have the reader laughing (and Apr
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Maria Tag
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good book. I enjoyed it for the most part. I loved the lessons in it and the good ending.
Plot: April Grace lives in the country. Her life is pretty, well, interesting. But when her life gets disrupted by 2 snooty new neighbors and her grandmas' new 'boyfriend', what's April to do?
Positive content: Wonderful Christian lessons throughout the whole thing. April's mother, Lily, is a great role model. Several character go through heart transformations for the better. A good book.
Negative content:
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Nancy
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am interested and excited that this book made it to the Mark Twain nominees because it is from a Christian perspective. It is incidental and not preachy, which is awesome. It is first person, from April Grace, the 11 year-old narrator's journal voice. I enjoyed the characters, the plot was not driving the story like the characters do, but it was interesting and held my interest. The characters are flawed and honest. The Ozark , small town in Arkansas setting is something I'm not familiar with. ...more
Hannah
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Kelly Hager
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
April Grace is eleven going on 35. She's very smart and even more opinionated, with sarcasm enough for a whole town of people. Her targets? Her older sister, who's trying to be chic; her grandma's boyfriend, who talks crazy loud and seems shifty; new neighbors who are complete snobs.

I loved reading about April Grace's view of the world, probably because I don't have to live with her. (She's an amazingly precocious and likeable girl, but she's clearly not learned that there are times it's best to
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Halee
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was a very fun read. Not overly amazing or extravagant which is fitting for the storyline, as the main character has a very simple lifestyle... So I actually enjoyed that aspect of this book. Although, (like I said before) it's a very easy and fun read, it had its especially interesting moments. April Grace, the main character and narrator of the book, is a very observant person and she writes the things that goes on in her daily life.....Almost like you're reading a journal. ...more
Amy
Mar 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
What a cute book. Was labelled as young readers, and I guess it was that, but I still enjoyed it. Simple country life told from the viewpoint of an 11 year old girl - who is hysterical in her opinions and ideas. Definitely had a bit of a christian-lit angle, but since the gist of it was to treat people like you want to be treated and not to be too judgmental, I didn't find it too preachy or overly "Christian".

I see there's a sequel and I think Im going to have to read it - I do like these charac
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K.D. McCrite was raised on a small dairy farm in the Ozarks. She has a degree in psychology from Drury University, and has worked as a librarian and as a mental health case worker.

She currently resides in Arkansas.
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