Tuesday, March 5, 2013

ECHO by Amanda Clay-REVIEW

Karin's review:

ECHO is a page-turner. I love the relationship Echo has with her main group of friends. I love how her and Julian are so close. I love her blossoming romance with Eddie. There are so many things to like about this story. During the scenes when Echo and Julian were working I kept seeing this in my mind:

 Of course, Echo has a lot more going on in her life than a rich boyfriend being embarrassed to be seen with her. Echo is struggling to overcome the damage her terrible mother causes. There has never been a more deserving person of the title “Evil Witch.” Echo’s mother calls her fat, belittles her interests, and dismisses her successes. If it weren’t for her friends and fashion she’d be in trouble.

I admire how all of her friends try to get her to eat. I think it is realistically portrayed.

I would have liked to see more of the disorder though. Not that I wanted another WINTERGIRLS, but a little more evidence of the damage she was doing to her body would have made it even more riveting. There was a mention of something bad, but we didn’t “see” it happen. Just her after-the-fact thoughts. Also, only a couple of mentions of her weight.

This is definitely a book you are going to want to put in your collections - both middle school and high school. It is needed! In addition to the eating disorder, it also demonstrates how you don’t have to follow the mainstream to be happy in life.

I look forward to reading more about Echo and her friends in Amanda’s future books.

Julie's review of ECHO:

 Emily(Echo to her friends) is getting ready to go to Nocturne in Vancouver. A place where her cousin will be showing off her newest clothing creations. Emily is looking forward to modeling one of those creations. Of course she wants to look her best and that best means being the skinniest she can be. Echo at first starts out by limiting her intake of food. It then progresses to times of binging and purging. When Echo sees herself in the mirror all she can see is the fat content of her body. Soon her best friend Julian confronts her about becoming too skinny but Echo assures him that she is eating and being careful. When her new boyfriend Eddie and several other friends begin to take notice and express concern, once again Echo assures them all that she is being careful. Echo knows that she is in control and nobody can stop her from reaching her goal. Echo wants to be perfect, she finds out at Nocturne what a steep price being perfect can be.

My Thoughts:

ECHO sucks you in from the first page to the very last. It is told from Echo's perspective so the reader is able to see all of Echo's thoughts and feelings that lead her on this journey of destruction. ECHO's characters bring a variety of feelings to the reader also. Echo's best friend Julian is gay and they share many evenings together working on just the right outfit to put together. His care and concern for Echo is heart-warming as he confronts her about her eating disorder. I could not stand Echo's mother! In my opinion she is the majority of the problem in Echo's eating disorder. Instead of a nurturing mother she is more like a jealous high school girl willing to do what it takes to cut out the competition. Eddie made a great boyfriend for Echo as he too had a dysfunctional family life.

Amanda Clay did a great job portraying the progression of Echo's eating disorder. The characters were well thought out and consistent in their behavior. A great story for teens who love to read about angst and drama and real-life situations. My one warning about the story would be that some of the language could be offensive to some readers. While I have read books with much more cursing, the "F" word is scattered throughout the story. An entertaining first novel from Amanda Clay that has me looking forward to her next novel.


Both Karin and Julie have worked with Amanda Clay! Karin and Amanda both worked in the same school district(Norman Public Schools), Amanda as an elementary school librarian and Karin as a middle school librarian. Julie worked with both Karin and Amanda as a library assistant in both elementary and middle school. 

Here are Karin and Amanda in 2007 when the district won the National School Library Program of the Year Award:

Saturday, January 5, 2013


The Grand Prize Winner Is:


You win the scarf and fingerless gloves set along with your choice of 5 books off of the prize list.


Second Place is:


You win your choice of 5 books off of the prize list.


Third Place is:


You win your choice of 2 books off of the prize list.


Fourth Place is:


You win  your choice of 2 books off of the prize list.


Fifth Place is:


You win your choice of 1 book off of the prize list.


First come first serve on the books ladies. I will try to keep you posted on what's available, but if more than one of you choose the same book I will have to give it to the first one that requests it. So get your picks in quickly. Email us your address!       




We will announce winners this evening! We are adding books to the prize list and with Karin's internet battles it will take us a while to get it ready. Thanks for your patience!

Friday, January 4, 2013

HBRC Day 20-Create a book trailer

Today we would like you to create a book trailer for your favorite book of 2012. Today is the last day of the HBRC. We will announce winners tomorrow January 5th. Thanks to all who participated in the Holiday Break Reading Challenge! Leave a link for your book trailer.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

HBRC Day 19-Guess the covers

Today we would like you to guess these books by their covers:

Email us your answers.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

HBRC Day 18-Create a Collage

Today we are asking you to create a collage of the books that you have read in 2012. Any kind of design is acceptable.

Julie's books:

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

HBRC Day 17-Goals for reading in 2013

Today we are asking you to share your goals for reading in 2013. Have you joined any challenges for the year? Do you set a goal of how many books to read on Goodreads? You can either share a link to your post or just share in the comments section what goals if any you have set.

Julie's Goals:

Unfortunately I did not make my Goodreads goal this year of 125 books. So I think that that is what I am going to set once again for 2013 and see if I can reach it. Another goal I have is to focus more on the books that I have downloaded to my Kindle. I have a tendency to just download and then forget they are there. My goal always is to whittle down that TBR stack, but I have definitely found out that that is just a dream! There are ALWAYS going to be too many books in that pile. Both in actual paper books and on my Kindle. I have also decided I am not going to join any other challenges this year. I'm trying to simplify life. While I enjoy reading challenges I find it stresses me out to not reach my goals. I finished one of two challenges that I set in 2012 and seeing the one unfinished challenge totally disappoints me!