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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: Ten (The Winnie Years) by Lauren Myracle

TITLE: Ten                                    SERIES: The Winnie Years prequel
AUTHOR: Lauren Myracle      PUB: Dutton
PUB DATE: 5/17/11                 FORMAT: pb, 208 pgs
SOURCE: bought

Winnie Perry is turning ten and ten is BIG: it means double digits, more responsibility, and being an almost-middle-schooler. Ten means that Winnie can handle anything, even a three-year-old baby brother and a practically teenage (and acting like it) older sister. And with her best friend, Amanda, by her side, Winnie plans on enjoying every last second of their last year in elementary school.
This prequel to the New York Times bestselling Winnie Years series will thrill the tweens who grew up with Winnie and introduce a whole new generation of readers to a heroine they can grow up with.

THREE-ish WORDS: Oh My Goodness Gravy!

MY REVIEW: If you weren’t aware already, Lauren Myracle is one of my top three favorite YA authors of all time…ALL TIME! And her The Winnie Years books were some of the very first of hers that I read, so I was uber excited when I found out there would be a prequel book to the series. Now, Ten has been out for a little over a year and I’m just now getting around to reading it (shocking, I know!), but it was sure worth the wait.

Winnie Perry is turning the BIG 1-0! Double digits baby! And Winnie knows that her tenth year is going to be the best yet…if she can just get through summer camp without her BFF Amanda, having a bossy big sister, dealing with mean girls and just maybe having crushes on boys. But nothing can squish Winnie’s infectious joy and unique outlook on life. And nothing will keep Winnie from having the bestest tenth year ever!

Lauren Myracle’s YA and MG books are my go to books when I need to escape reality or just need a laugh. I’ve never walked away from one of her books disappointed and Ten is no exception. Winnie Perry is one of my absolute favorite heroines and I loved getting to know a younger version of this plucky gal.

Like all The Winne Years books, Ten’s chapters are divided by months, beginning and ending in March (Winnie’s birthday month), and the book follows Winnie throughout her tenth year. This is a pretty quick read, but the laughs are plentiful. Myracle’s hallmark hip and razor sharp wit is abundant throughout, but always appropriate for the intended audience. No other author can make laugh quite as hard and long as Lauren can!

Teenage Winnie is awesome, but tween Winnie is simply delightful. Possessing a unique and quirky personality, this precocious and charming girl, with her natural silliness and trademark “Oh my goodness gravy!”, is irresistible. I love that she refuses to be anyone but herself and how her inner awesomeness always shines through.

It was really fun to get to know a younger, and slightly more know-it-all Sandra; a cute-as-a-button toddler Ty; and an innocent Amanda. Fans of this series will know that Winnie and Amanda’s friendship goes through some hardships in middle school and the beginnings of this struggle are touched upon in this prequel. Even an eleven year old Lars makes a very brief and funny appearance!

Myracle explores some very serious and relevant topics in Ten, including bullying, changing friendships and the often catastrophic and humiliating moments that come with growing up, and she does so with humor while always keeping the story thoughtful and realistic. This is a story that so many readers, from young girls to us older readers, can easily relate to.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Laugh out loud funny, relatable and deliciously addicting, Ten is a superb example of why I adore Lauren Myracle so darn much! Fans of this series will enjoy getting to know a younger Winnie, while readers new to the series couldn’t ask for a better introduction. A definite MUST read for all ages.


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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.

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