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40 Things I Want To Tell You

by Alice Kuipers

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | February 13, 2012 | Trade Paperback

40 Things I Want To Tell You is rated 4.7143 out of 5 by 7.

Amy (a.k.a. Bird) seems to have the perfect life: loving parents, a hot boyfriend, the best friend ever. She even writes an online advice column, full of Top Tips, to help other teens take control of their lives. But after a new guy shows up at school, Bird can''t seem to follow her own wisdom.

Pete is the consummate bad boy. He''s everything Bird is not: wild, unambitious and more than a little dangerous. Although she knows he''s trouble, Bird can''t stay away. And the more drawn she is to Pete, the more cracks are revealed in her relationship with Griffin, her doting boyfriend. Meanwhile, her parents'' marriage is also fracturing, possibly for good.

Bird is way out of her comfort zone. All it takes is one mistake, one momentary loss of control, for her entire future to be blown away . . .

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.5 × 5.63 × 0.79 in

Published: February 13, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443405876

ISBN - 13: 9781443405874

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT vThis book was probably one of the best thing I've ever read. It's so well written. I couldn't put it down. The only thing that bothered me is, I wish we would have learned more about the guy she slept with. We barely see him in the book. He seemed like such a good caracther, that could have bring something interesting to the book. He kept saying that he wasn't like what people think he was but we didn't get the chance to learn if it was true or not. One thing that I really love about this book is that it wasn't cheesy or anything, it was actually real & common. I also appreciate the fact that i didn't expect anything that happened. The second part of the book shocked me because I didn't think she could have done something like that. I mean she's always trying to be perfect but it got out of her control.The last few pages almost made me cry, it was so beautiful. This book has a special place in my heart & i'm glad i found it. It's a must
Date published: 2014-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new favourite First off, let me say that this book will not be what you were expecting. It's full of so many twists and turns, but the plot flows together perfectly. This is probably one of the best books I've ever read. Sometimes I read books and start to lose interest, but you will not be able to put this book down. It's amazing!
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different, But Completely Amazing I loved every bit of this book. The writing was amazing, with characters that I found intriguing. I couldn't put this book down. This book was not predictible and the ending couldn't have played out better. I felt like I was right there beside Bird, experencing and feeling everything that she was. I loved her advice column and how they effected her life. Even the secondary characters had gripping backstories that made the book even better. The 'you' in the '40 things i want to tell you' really connects the story and keeps readers intrests. This book is very different from others, and I find it unexpected and unpredictable. I loved Birds story and it really teaches us about life, itself, and how sometimes Love Is Worth The Risk.
Date published: 2013-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!!!3 I just finished the book tonight and i thought it was so good i can't believe that i finished this book normally will read a boo and then forget about it but this book AMAZING!!! loved it!!!
Date published: 2012-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Don't Even Know... I don't even know how I feel about this book.... Other than the fact that I absolutely loved it!! So much, in fact, that I managed to finish it within SEVEN HOURS. That must be some new record for me, haha. 40 Thing I Want To Tell You is about a girl named Amy, called Bird by her friends and family, who has her whole life's plan worked out for her. Just when she's about to finishing thing up in her final year at high school, things start falling apart for Bird. Her parents are fighting more than not, things between her and her boyfriend who seems perfect for her aren't going so perfectly, and when the new boy arrives in town, everything begins crumbling down with one stupid mistake. First things first, I absolutely LOVE the cover of this book! I can't tell you how amazing it is in looks, as well as how perfectly it matches the story it contains. I absolutely love the voice of Bird on her online advice column. Her "Top Tips" were absolutely wonderful and struck very true, and I still can't believe that she managed to give all of those people such sound advice with everything that was going on in her life. The voice of Bird was so powerful that I even felt a tad depressed from reading her story - but in a good way - in a way that leave the readers head spinning long after they've finished Kuipers final chapter. 40 Things I Want To Tell You flowed very easily from page to page in such a way that I couldn't put it down once I had picked it up. You can really feel the wedge between Griffin and Bird right from the start, but just like Bird, I was unable to identify what had put that wedge there. If anything, this book has taught me that not everything is set in stone, even if it may seem that way. One unexpected moment can change your whole life's plan, whether it be for the better or for the worse. The best thing you can do is hang on for the bumpy ride. :) My one and only concern for this book was the price of it... I mean, $15 for a paperback? Sheeeesh. I'm not made of money, you know. However, did that price stop me from purchasing this truely amazing book? Clearly not, and it was so obviously worth it.
Date published: 2012-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Unique and sometimes hard hitting contemporary Until a few weeks ago I had never heard of 40 Things I Want to Tell You or Alice Kuipers. Once it was put in my radar, however its gorgeous cover and intriguing synopsis were more than enough to bump it to the top of my to-read pile. 40 Things I Want to Tell You is a fairly straightforward contemporary novel but with a really interesting and fun narrative style. Amy (or Bird) is a blogger who offers advice to teens who write in. A mixture of blog posts and her “top tips” fill the novel and provide a refreshing way of moving the story along. The advice she gives often reflects her situation in that particular chapter, so it also have the added advantage of allowing Bird to thoroughly reflect on the obstacles she's faced with. One thing I really appreciated about this novel, is that it doesn't shy away from talking about real issues and it doesn't sugar coat them for teen readers. From teen sex, to pregnancy, to abortion and much more, all cards are on the table in this novel. Bird (and many of the other characters in this novel) are faced with some difficult decisions and their are significant consequences to their actions. I really respected how honest this story was. I was, however, a little disappointed with the ending. It felt very rushed and I couldn't quite make the leap regarding Bird's final few choices. Maybe it was just me but it really didn't make any sense. I also had some issues with Griffin and Pete but I can't get into those without getting into spoiler territory. All I'm going to say is there action just seem a little off at the end of the book. All and all 40 Things I Want to Tell You, is an captivating and hard hitting read, that contemporary fans are sure to enjoy.
Date published: 2012-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dear Alice Kuipers, where have you been all my life? *Copy provided by publisher for review* 40 Things I Want To Tell You by Alice Kuipers was a novel that I, regrettably, was completely unaware of until it was pitched to me by HarperCollins Canada for the blog tour. Just mentioning that makes me feel unbelievably ashamed, mostly because after reading the synopsis and then immediately diving into the novel I discovered something absolutely wonderful within it's pages. Endless thoughts ran through my head; "How have I never heard of 40 Things before? It's amazing!" and "Who is Alice Kuipers and what else does she have that I can read?" 40 Things I Want To Tell You by Alice Kuipers paints the picture of Amy, a teen who seemily has a pefect life. She has supportive and loving parents, friends, and a boyfriend who has always been there for her since they were kids. Additionally, Amy even has an onlive advice column where she offers up advice and tips on how teens can take control of their own lives. Unfortunately, after the arrival new guy Pete, the bad boy, things for Amy begin to quickly spin out of control. Her perfect and drama-free life suddenly begins to spiral downwards, and she sooner than later finds that she is helplessly being drawn more and more to Pete. Amy (also identified as Bird throughout the novel) was an amazing protagonist that I instantly connected with. Amy, who seemingly appears to be completely well put together, has just about everything she's ever wanted. She has a wonderful family that loves and supports her, a group of friends she can always depend on, a loving boyfriend, and an advice blog she nurtures on a daily basis. With that said, it was completely surprising when things for her began to fall apart. However, as sad and heartbreaking of an experience as it was, it was incredible getting to see how Amy coped with the issues and how she moved forward despite my personal disagreements with her actions. Amy was real through and through and I loved it! Moving away from Amy, our protagonist, I'd like to point out that Amy's story isn't the only one happening throughout 40 Things. Aside from Amy, Griffin, her boyfriend, and her parents go through something as well. Alice Kuipers wonderfully gives the reader equal doses of their events throughout Amy's story, which gave it so much more dimension then originally anticipated. Overall, 40 Things, aside from it's obvious emotional and heartbreaking events, was a novel about taking control over your life and yourself. Being smart, responsible, and intuitive, I believe, are the key lessons here in the novel, but also to follow your heart. What others may think is right isn't always what's right for you, and it's up to you to determine that yourself despite what possible consequences it might have in store. With all that said, 40 Things I Want To Tell You by Alice Kuipers was absolutely incredible! It's one contemporary novel you do not want to miss on, and one that I strongly urge all my readers to check out immediately! In the meantime, I'm really in need of reading Alice Kuipers other two titles (which sound absolutely wonderful) The Worst Thing I've Ever Done and My Life on a Refrigerator.
Date published: 2012-02-26

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40 Things I Want To Tell You

by Alice Kuipers

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.5 × 5.63 × 0.79 in

Published: February 13, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443405876

ISBN - 13: 9781443405874

From the Publisher

Amy (a.k.a. Bird) seems to have the perfect life: loving parents, a hot boyfriend, the best friend ever. She even writes an online advice column, full of Top Tips, to help other teens take control of their lives. But after a new guy shows up at school, Bird can''t seem to follow her own wisdom.

Pete is the consummate bad boy. He''s everything Bird is not: wild, unambitious and more than a little dangerous. Although she knows he''s trouble, Bird can''t stay away. And the more drawn she is to Pete, the more cracks are revealed in her relationship with Griffin, her doting boyfriend. Meanwhile, her parents'' marriage is also fracturing, possibly for good.

Bird is way out of her comfort zone. All it takes is one mistake, one momentary loss of control, for her entire future to be blown away . . .

About the Author

ALICE KUIPERS is the author of Life on the Refrigerator Door. Sold in twenty-nine countries, it was the winner of the Saskatchewan First Book Award, the Sheffield Libraries Choice Award and the Grand Prix de Viarmes. It was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and was named a New York Times Book for the Teen Age. Her second YA novel, The Worst Thing She Ever Did, published in eight territories to critical acclaim, was shortlisted for the White Pine Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. She lives in Saskatoon. Visit her at alicekuipers.com.
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