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Notes from the Blender by Trish Cook
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Sep 30, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: realistic, favorites, humor, kindle-ebook, must-read, oh-my-heart, read-in-2012, reviewed, stand-alone
Read from October 01 to 02, 2012


I just finished reading Notes from the Blender and I’m grinning so hard my cheeks hurt and I’m actually tearing up too. Damn, it was good.

Notes from the Blender we follow Declan and Neilly.

Declan is a teenage boy obsessed with metal music, he wears black all the time, he plays way too many video games and is a little bit of a pervert. In a completely hilarious way. He doesn’t have many friends, and that probably has more to do with his choices than with him being socially awkward, because I never felt he was. Other than making sex jokes all the time. Okay, so maybe, just maybe he was. A little.

Neilly is in the popular crowd. She has a popular boyfriend, a best friend, goes to lots of parties. She’s beautiful and you know, the usual. She is a little self-centered too, but we forgive her.

So how do this two completely different people get mixed up together? Easy, get his dad to knock her mom up and you’re set.

Yes. So now Dec’s dad is marring Neilly’s mom. And they are having a little “devil spawn.” Their lives get turned upside down. New house, new family, new people, new everything. Which means they are moving in together. And above it all Neilly just lost her best friend and her boyfriend all in the same day. And Dec can’t stop having not-so-sisterly-thoughts about Neilly, or feeling like his father is trying to replace his mother (who died in a car accident when he was nine) and/or him.

Notes from the Blender was hilarious. I don’t come across many books that make me laugh out loud like this, actually I think only one book made me actually laugh-laugh, if you know what I mean? And this one did too, not to that extent, but I found myself grinning most of the time. Dec is incredibly hilarious with his inappropriate comments and all.
"A bond that he will always treasure. I was being raised by a human greeting card."

But, surprising enough, it actually made me cry too. I know, what a mess! But I couldn’t help but feel for Dec so much! He was used to being just him and his dad and then all of a sudden he’s having a stepmother, and two stepsisters (with one yet to be born)? It was understandable he would miss his mother, and I hurt for him.

Notes from the Blender is told from both Dec and Neilly’s point of view, so you get to understand and feel for these two characters, and see how they grow and learn to accept each other and what life was throwing at them. I don’t know if I should classify this as a light read, given it made me cry, but it’s more on the humor side, I assure you. Dec just got to me a little more than it should have, probably.
"I had a terrible epiphany at that moment. I had thought that I didn't understand girls because I never got near them, but here I was, sitting in Neilly Foster's kitchen eating ice cream with her, and I had no fucking idea what made her mind work. So it wasn't proximity that was the problem. It was that they were fundamentally unknowable."
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59.0% ""A bond that he will always treasure. I was being raised by a human greeting card."
LOL Dec is so funny!!"

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Fafiliebe ♥ Prince Maxon ♥ Raffe ♥ hiiii do u recommend this one ??

Elle (Ligia) Eeek! I doo! :D

Fafiliebe ♥ Prince Maxon ♥ Raffe ♥ why does the cover say he is not hot... is he not ??? i like pretty boys !!! seriously..

Elle (Ligia) Not so much actually.. xD If you're looking for some romance this might not be it. It made me laugh and grin a lot (and cry) and it was good, but there's not really romance in there. I mean... the two main characters are going to be siblings! lol

Fafiliebe ♥ Prince Maxon ♥ Raffe ♥ i don't know i always look for romance.. but i love how 2 siblings fight with each other it makes me laugh...

Elle (Ligia) oh this one is funny, so maybe it's worth it :)

Brendan Thanks so much for the great review! This is exactly how we hoped people would respond to our book, and it's really thrilling to see it reaching the right reader. As far as the romance goes, I've heard a number of readers say they wanted Dec and Neilly to get together, which never even occurred to us as a possibility while we were writing it.

Elle (Ligia) I'm so glad it is the way it is, I loved it like that! :D And yeah, Dec and Neilly wouldn't really fit, now would they? It means a lot that you liked my review, so thank you! :)

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