The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet – Review & Giveaway

Book two is out! I LOVED book one. Read my review here. And I loved book two, as well. So much so that I’m giving away a paperback copy. But first, a little about the book, The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet.
Ellie2Back Cover Blurb:
For once, Ellie Sweet has it all together. Her hair now curls instead of fuzzes, she’s tamed the former bad-boy, Chase Cervantes (she has, right?), and her debut novel will hit shelves in less than a year. Even her ex-friends are leaving her alone. Well, except for Palmer Davis, but it can’t be helped that he works at her grandmother’s nursing home.
Life should feel perfect. And yet, it’s not that easy. Ellie’s editor loves her, but the rest of the publishing biz? Not so much. And they’re not shy about sharing their distrust over Ellie’s unlikely debut.
Ellie has always been able to escape reality in the pages of her novel, but with the stress of major edits and rocky relationships, her words dry up. In fiction, everything always comes together, but in real life, it seems to Ellie that hard work isn’t always enough, the people you love can’t always be trusted…and the dream-come-true of publishing her book could be the biggest mistake she’s made yet.
My review: 
I loved book one, and I love book two as well! Ellie is such a fun character to read. And her life is never boring. I enjoyed reading about her editing process as she got ready for the release of her first book. And it was so much fun how everything came together in the end. While this book held some disappointments for Ellie, she learned that some people can change and some can’t. That resonated with me, because I’ve experienced that in my own life. And though it was a hard lesson for Ellie to learn, it all worked out okay. Live goes on. And sometimes, it’s for the better, even if we never would have thought so from the start. I highly recommend both books! Fun, fun, fun.
About Stephanie:
The-Revised-Life-of-Ellie-SStephanie 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, The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, and the award-winningGo Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, You can also find her online at

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Twitter: @StephMorrill
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15 Responses to “The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet – Review & Giveaway”

  1. ladysaotome says:

    I know I have caught a friend in a lie but I can’t really think of any specific examples right now. Depending on what the lie is, I may confront the person and explain why I’d rather hear the truth in love than a lie. Or if they are doing something wrong, then as a friend I would be obligated to say something to them about it. Ok, I thought of one that wasn’t too serious – back when Hubby & I were dating, he used to rave about my brownies. So I would bake and mail them to him every few months (we were long distance most of the time). Come to find out, years after our marriage, that he doesn’t like them but just didn’t want to hurt my feelings. He could have just told me and I would have found some other way to express caring. And I’m not thrilled that I put so much effort into something he didn’t care for and that my sending brownies every few months became a running joke with him and his brother back then!

  2. ladysaotome says:

    Oh, and I forgot to say that the Ellie Sweet books sound really fun. I like the titles & her being a writer is unique, I’d enjoy reading about that. And she sounds like a neat character to know. I’ve added them to my Amazon wishlist so I don’t forget to buy them soon!

  3. Abby Cross says:

    No not really c:

  4. Abbi Hart says:

    I can’t think of a time when I caught a friend in a bold faced lie. I really only have one close friend and she’s just not the type who lies a lot.

  5. Katy says:

    My friend told me this wild tall tale ad I believed it. (I was 7.) I told my Dad about it and he said it wasn’t true. So I went back to my friend and told her what Dad had said. She denied saying that. I just let it go.

    • That’s happened to my kids a few times. We tell them that something their friend said isn’t true. My son just brushes it off, but my daughter goes back to her friend every time and tells them what we said. She doesn’t mess around with the truth. LOL

  6. I’ve only caught a friend in a lie once, and luckily, it wasn’t that big of a deal. 🙂

  7. I can’t say I have. I’ve confronted one of my friends once in a kind fashion, asking if she actually spread this rumor about me among some adults, and she said no. Later she called me and said she had. So I didn’t quite catch the lie, but I resolved it.

  8. Georgina says:

    Oh, that’s a hard question and an even harder dilemma to face. When I caught my school days best friend in a lie, I chose to ignore it. That turned out to be a mistake.

    Thanks for sharing this book with us, Jill. 🙂 And in paperback – yay! There’s nothing quite like reading real, physical, smell-the-pages books.

  9. Sarah says:

    The Ellie Sweet books sound really fun.
    I can’t ever remember catching a friend in a lie . . .

  10. Kiana Metcalf says:

    I can’t think of any specific examples, but I would give them the chance to confess, but if they didn’t, I would confront them.

  11. Nettie says:

    I don’t remember ever catching a friend telling a lie but I do remember talking to a friend about her lying policy and feeling very disappointed in her.

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