TNT Blog Tour: The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill + Giveaway!

Today is another Team Novel Teen blog tour and a giveaway!

First, a little bit about this marvelous author:

Stephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and two kids. Her only talents are reading, writing, and drinking coffee, so career options were somewhat limited. Fortunately she discovered a passion for young adult novels and has been writing them ever since. Stephanie is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series and The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog,


Check out this amazing YouTube video one of Stephanie’s readers created for her! Isn’t that amazing? 

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And now for my review: 


Ellie is minding her own business in math class when Chase announces to everyone that Ellie has a crush on Parker! How does he even know that when Ellie has told no one? And why would he tell everyone like that? What is the matter with him? Ellie doesn’t know, but to help her cope with the drama in her life, Chase gets put into Ellie’s novel, along with all her other friends and Parker. Because writing is how Ellie copes with life.

Wonderfully entertaining! I inhaled it. Ellie is an endearing heroine. I loved how she was confused about everything going on around her yet did her best to be herself. I adored Chase’s character. In fact, all the characters in this book were living, breathing, true-to-life, so much that I’m pretty sure I’ve met several of them before. The writing aspect of this book was super fun. I loved that Ellie was seeking traditional publishing for her historical novel. This was such a fun book, and I can’t wait for the sequel!

Age Range: 12 and up
Genre: contemporary
Part of a Series: Book one in the Ellie Sweet series
Publisher: Playlist Fiction
Released: 2013


Team Novel Teen is a group of bloggers dedicated to spreading the word about clean teen fiction. Check out other posts about The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrioll by clicking on the links below, and click here for more information about Team Novel Teen.

Blooming with Books • Gillian Adams • Jill Williamson • The Life of a Teenage Writer • Once Upon an Inkling • Pages from My Journal • Rachelle Rea • The Ramblings of a Young Author • Shadow Writer World • Who YA Reading? • The Writings of Rosie • Worthy2Read



Support an Author

To support Stephanie, I’m going to purchase a paperback copy of The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, (which is coming soon) and give it to one lucky commenter. USA only on this one, guys, sorry. I don’t think The Book Depository will have the book in time. Giveaway ends May 24th, 2013. To enter to win, tell me if you’ve ever considered writing a story about some people in your life. 


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36 Responses to “TNT Blog Tour: The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill + Giveaway!”

  1. I really felt like I was walking along with Ellie. Stephanie Morrill did a wonderful job making these characters come to life!

    I also look forward to the next book.

  2. amanda says:

    I have thought many times to write a book about my son. Everyone loves when I post conversations we have and the things he does. Maybe one day I will get with the program and write one.

  3. Zara says:

    Yes. I actually wrote a thinly veiled and definitely dramatized version of my life. It was my first novel, but I don’t think it will ever see the sun. Although, some aspects of it have transferred into my paranormal romance.

  4. Rosie says:

    Sadly, I don’t think I could pull off a book about my life. Ellie definitely can, but me? lol Nope. Thanks for giving away a paperback copy, Jill! Great review. 😉

  5. I have not wanted to write about people I know other than maybe a short story about my ancestors to pass down. And I am positive that my life would be a boring story.

  6. Abbi Hart says:

    As I’m not really a writer I haven’t really had the desire to write about someone I know and I definitely don’t think my life would make a very interesting book at all! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Lindsey says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to write ABOUT someone I know, but I definitely use real people to base characters off of 🙂

  8. Georgina says:

    My life is very mundane and interesting only to me. However, some of the imaginary games I played with my sisters and cousins growing up have some serious story potential. We took play very seriously! ;D

    thanks for hosting this giveaway, Jill! I was wondering when Ellie Sweet would come out in paperback. Yay!

  9. Sarah says:

    Kind of. A bunch of my fanfic-ish stories, especially my earlier ones, do reflect somewhat how I feel about my life, my friends, and the people around me. Quite a few people I know have been turned into minor (or, once or twice, major) characters in my stories, though I disguised them quite well in most cases. But I don’t think I’ve ever done anything quite like what Ellie did in this book.

  10. Jessa says:

    I really, really need to read this book. It sounds like Stephanie nailed the teen author thing… Although I can’t say I’ve ever directly written people from reality into a book exactly as they are.

  11. Ginger says:

    Yes! For a long time that was the only type of story I ever wrote. (Almost) every character was a flimsily masked version of a friend or family member. Then I realized that they weren’t stories, but merely very embellished diaries… so I stopped.


  12. Laura Pol says:

    Wow that video of her drawing was amazing! I have been tempted a few times to write a novel about others people lives, but I’m not sure if mine is that interesting or not!

  13. Loved the book — wouldn’t it be neat if you COULD rewrite parts of your life? Great review, Jill!!

  14. Sarah Olson says:

    I guiltily admit to writing people into my stories as revenge. One was a teacher who bothered me, so he ended up as a pretty awfully boring villain who mysteriously disappeared after being humiliated halfway through the book.
    Oh, Ellie, I understand!

  15. 4readin says:

    Yes, I have. I am not sure how good it would be, but it would be very interesting. I have some odd things happen in my life, but not enough to make a good book, I think.

  16. Mama Lusco says:

    I’ve enjoyed blogging and photo-booking funny things my kids have said or done, but don’t have the talent to write a story about them. Sounds like a fun series that my big girl would enjoy. Thanks!

  17. My early works were basically rewritings of my life set in a fantasy world called the Rowa, where I was a elving named Tiger Lilly. I still have the Rowa, actually, and the book I set in it (which I do plan to publish someday …) still has a number of characters based on friends and family (with the flower/tree names they picked out for themselves) but I did my best to portray them as accurately and in as good a light as possible. The not so good characters were all made up out of my own imagination.

  18. There is nothing worse than a guy with a big mouth making an embarrassing statement about you in front of the whole class (very mortifying in fact, especially when it’s not true). I SO felt for Ellie in this scene!

    Loved your review.

  19. Margaret says:

    Whenever I hear people’s backstories and it really fits with their personality, I think, what an interesting character this could make. Then readers could see how different people got to be the way they are and maybe see the people around them in a different light. Lately I’ve noticed that the main character in one of my books is A LOT like me, haha, and I’m not sure that’s a good thing but it can make it easier to write.

  20. ktlemonhead says:

    I’ve always wanted to write a book about my best friend. She is so funny and has so many quirks that I can’t resist the call! Maybe some day I’ll actually do it. 🙂

  21. Naomi says:

    I have started a story where I plan to put people I know in it, but just as minor characters. I wonder, though, if more of my fictional characters are based off of real people and I didn’t notice it! 🙂 I am writing a story and realized that the main character is, in someways, like me. It is interesting and fun, doing things with stories!

  22. Tierney says:

    I have often thought about writing stories about things that people I know have done…the thing is that I usually get worried that they will figure out who I was writing about?

  23. A. C. Young says:

    I’ve had my eye on this book for quite some time. It sounds adorable, and I think I could relate to Ellie very well…

    …because yes, I have definitely considered writing about people I know. In fact, I do it all the time in a file nobody will ever see. 🙂 I put myself and my friends in different scenarios, and see what happens. It sounds creepy, but it’s amazing practice in staying true to characters, writing realistic dialogue, etc.

    As for putting real people in a real novel? I’ve slipped a couple things into my fantasy novel, which will make my friends smile, and which no one else would catch. I call them “tributes.” They’re fun. 🙂

  24. Michael-Ellen Walden says:

    Sounds cool! I need to catch up on all of the TNT books I want to read this summer!

  25. Nettie says:

    I’ve always kind of wished that my life was interesting so that it would make an interesting book, but if I think about it enough I’m sure there is some way to make my life sound interesting.

  26. Katie Nichols says:

    As part of a school project in 2008, Mom wanted me to write about my great-grandmother, who would’ve been 100 years old that year. I wanted to write about her life in story form.

  27. Erin says:

    I have never specifically written about book about people in my life, but I have definitely based large parts of characters on people I know.
    I can’t wait to read this book!

  28. Totally. When some people get on my nerves I will write them into a story, or take bits and pieces of them and throw them in. Now if it’s an inspirational person, I will think harder and longer how to place them in my story to make them edified and shown in a good light.

  29. Anonymous says:

    So got to get my own copy of this book sometime! 😀 And that book trailer was really cool! 😀

  30. Alexa says:

    Oh definitely! My grandmother was actually a model for a grandmother in a story. She wanted me to make a character modeled after her, so I did. And yes to the second one, too, actually. When I was 7 or 8, I actually started a story on myself. Unfortunately, it didn’t get very far :p

  31. Hannah says:

    This is such a cute looking story!!!

  32. Hannah says:

    Many times, I’ll weave into characters traits and reactions from other people I know. My brother, for example, has inspired totally different people based off different aspects of his character.

  33. Julie Smith says:

    I have considered it, although without any supporting action! My sister and I have a history that could serve as an interesting plot, so who knows, maybe I will get started on it one of these days!

  34. Brianna D says:

    I have wanted to write stories about other people before but not anymore. I like to make up my own characters now.

  35. Michelle F. says:

    I could write a book about my mentally ill mother who sees nothing wrong with her behavior and will never seek treatment.

  36. Chantelle says:

    This book sounds fun!

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