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Monday, March 30, 2009

You’ve Got Blackmail

You’ve Got Blackmail by Rachel Wright (April 2nd 2009—Putnam)

Grade: 1.5 stars out of 5

Summary: “Lozzie Cracknell is a girl on the edge. Her parents have recently separated; she forgot to mail the invitations to her mum’s super-important client party; the school bully is out to get her following an unfortunate e-mail incident involving Photoshop and a picture of a horse’s behind; and now it looks like Mum might be dating her English teacher, the utterly loathsome Mr. Hilary Barnett.
Just when she’s got about as much stress as she can handle, Lozzie and her best mate Dex stumble upon a tantalizing mystery—it seems Mr. Barnett is being blackmailed. But who on earth would blackmail a bore like him, and why? As they delve deeper into the mystery, questions pile on top of questions, and the one thing that does become clear is that danger can lurk in totally unexpected places . . .”

Review: So this book is short, extremely short. It took me less than 2 hours to finish this book from start to finish. Maybe it was the huge font or the txt msg like wrds?

My biggest frustration for this book has to be the writing style. I felt that while I was reading this I was being sent back through time to when the 5th grade. I felt like screaming “We teens may still be quite young but that does not mean we cannot understand complete and coherent sentences!” It was like reading from 10 year old point of view—childish, annoying, and random at moments. The characters were as equally charming.

The actual “blackmail” does not occur until midway through the book. Even then the blackmail is quite straightforward. I tried to solve the mystery of the culprit, following the clues and piecing the hints together, but alas, to no avail. Why? I expected twists and turns, like a true mystery. Instead I ended up with a give me. I thought too much in this case. Be warned when reading, DO NOT THINK. Just go with the flow…which may or may not be a good idea.

I am stressing. Why? I cannot seem to comprehend the book. What did I read? Was the entire book based on that 20 page blackmail!? Quite baffling.

The redeeming aspects of this book can be the humor. It was funny in some scenes. The ending was also quite decent.

Overall: …so does anyone have any good recommendations to cleanse my palette?

Cover C+

I feel like I have to clarify something. The book does NOT per se use IM talk throughout the book. It was the persona or the feeling that something was not right. Like the language was overly simplified. Many authors today want to appear hip and cool, using slang words or very oral words like "becoz". I have a very strong disdain to these types of novels.


  1. Thanks for the review I tçdidn't know what to thihnk about this book.

  2. Thanks for the warning! I was thinking about pre-ordering this but I think I'll get something else now.

  3. harsh! I won't be checking this one out anytime soon :) the last book I read that I'd reccomend would be eon by alison goodman. It's really action packed and not predictable, the best things I look for in a books...

  4. I've been wanting to read this book! :) But might not anymore. If you like Harry Potter, Charlie Bone or Septimus Heap. You'll absolutly LOVE The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas.


  5. Oh my goodness, I've been wanting to read this one it looks so good but now I'm thinking of skipping it. I hate those books in all texts and IMs....that just bugs me. I can't imagine how that could be enjoyable.

  6. Yan- I like that lately we've been rating books the same, i don't know much about this one but feel like that doesn't matter seeing your rating :)

  7. Cute title, but man, what a bummer :/ Poor Yan, you need to read more amazing books!

    If you want a nice romance-y book, then I would like to suggest Girl, Hero by Carrie Jones...unless you have already read that. In that case, I got nothing yet ;)

  8. I read your review and laughed a lot. After reding it, I don't think I'm going to read it anytime soon.

  9. I hate it when books feel like the author is patronising young readers (cough*maximumride*cough) Is the entire book in IM chat speech or just parts of it?

  10. Hey, don't be discouraged by this review!!!!!
    The tsimplified words are used to fit the accent and her abbreviated use of words. I've read this book, and although short, (I also read in 2 hours) it's great for a fun read. It's not an absolute bestseller, but it still gets your eyes glued to the page.