40 Things I Want To Tell You: A Novel by Alice Kuipers40 Things I Want To Tell You: A Novel by Alice Kuipers

40 Things I Want To Tell You: A Novel

byAlice Kuipers

Paperback | February 21, 2012

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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 . . .

ALICE KUIPERS is the author ofLife 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 aNew York TimesBook for the Teen Age. Her second YA novel,The Wors...
Title:40 Things I Want To Tell You: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.76 inPublished:February 21, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443405876

ISBN - 13:9781443405874

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful It doesn't deserve any stars. It was filled with bad analogies such as "My dad huffed into my room like a walrus" and the plot was awful. I got this book out from the library and I'm glad I didn't buy it. It is a waste of money and time. I would never reccamend this book, not even to my worst enemy.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So so It was quite slow. My favorite part (and only part I enjoyed) was the very last page. It was being a meh book for me until the end, and I felt it was cool the way it ended and that's why I say I like it, otherwise I think I wouldn't.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from UGH! I would give it negative stars if I could. I absolutely hated this book. The main character was an idiot, her parents were terrible and the whole plot just made me angry. I loaned it to my friend and she couldn't even get into it. Bird is just irritating and stupid and she needed a swift kick in the butt. To this day, when I think about this book, I just get angry...
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mostly Enjoyable The biggest thing going for 40 Things I Want to Tell You is its realism: Bird is put through the ringer before a glimpse at a happy future is shown. Her decisions come back to haunt her, and her friends don’t let her get away with her self-indulgence. And when the biggest mistake of her life changes her life forever, you know there’s no going back. Some of Bird’s decisions left me frustrated or confused, and the odd European slang choice threw me for a loop, but I mostly found myself enjoying 40 Things I Want to Tell You, despite its flaws. Bird was a hard protagonist to like. Her online alias, “Miss-Take-Control-Of-Your-Life,” was the exact opposite of who I envisioned Bird to be: other than writing a few to-do lists at the beginning of 40 Things I Want to Tell You, and being told by her best friend how predictable she was, Bird was never in control. She was oblivious to the growing tension between her parents, oblivious to the missing chemistry between herself and her boyfriend, Griffin, and oblivious to what it means to truly be someone’s friend. She lied – to everyone – under the pretence of not wanting to hurt anyone, and then would head home and give advice to a teen about being honest! She was judgmental, basing her opinions of Pete off of the gossip floating around school, and she had no backbone, letting everyone walk all over her. It wasn’t until she was abandoned by her friends and disowned by her father, with her lies having finally caught up to her, that I began to feel any type of connection toward Bird. BUT despite my inability to connect with Bird for much of 40 Things I Want to Tell You, I found myself captivated by her story because of how real it seemed. Every time Bird made the decision to withhold the truth about Pete from Cleo, every time she kissed Griffin and thought about kissing Pete, every time she ignored her mother’s calls, I cringed, knowing that so many teens – myself at her age included – were just like Bird: too scared to be honest, for fear of the repercussions. So while I berated most of Bird’s choices, I can’t honestly say I wouldn’t have done the same thing in her situation (except for the park scene; I mean, really?). The pacing for 40 Things I Want to Tell You was okay; I wasn’t flying through the pages, but I also wasn’t putting it down in boredom. What bothered me though, was it’s hints at being European; the characters seemed quite Westernized until out of the blue, they would use a European word, like “knickers” or “mum.” For as much as I’ve congratulated 40 Things I Want to Tell You for its realism, this was a moment where I was pulled out of the story completely, because of it’s seeming inaccuracy. Fortunately, Bird’s ending was almost perfect. While she was able to wrap up all the loose ends of her fractured life quite conveniently, it was also done in a way that showed her growth as a character, which I appreciated. She confessed to her mistakes and tried to repair the relationships that she had damaged with her dishonesty. Best of all, her friends did what friends do best: they reminded her that their relationships weren’t ever going to be the same, but that they were willing to move past everything that happened, and forgive her. But it wasn’t all rainbows for Bird; there’s one person who she didn’t come clean to in time, and…you’ll just have to read the book to find out what happens.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK This is one of those books that keep you thinking about it long after you finished it. Such an accurate depiction on what adolescence is all about.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique insight into young adulthood The premise of the book is what go my attention - the passage into young adulthood, and the litany of thoughts, feelings, etc. that go with it. Filled with controversial and important topics that should be broached in all families, the pace was a bit slow and some components of the storyline predictable. All and all, a quick and good read.
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loveee I had this notion that 40 Things I Want To Tell You was about a teenage overachiever who basically cheats on her boyfriend and she thinks her life is over. Well I was wrong because there was so much more to this book. Amy is your classic “do-gooder.” She’s also an honours student and is also dating her next-door neighbour and best friend Griffin. Things start to unravel in her life when gorgeous bad boy Pete walks into her history class and she starts to crush on him hard. What I loved about this particular contemporary was that Amy doesn’t understand what she’s going through, yet she does everything in her power to fix it. She want to undo all the terrible things she has done. She’s moral and has good intentions. I didn’t like how much of a push-over she was. She needed to speak up for herself and stop trying to please everyone else. I think that was terribly difficult for Amy. This is one contemporary read that I truly enjoy, and I’m even more proud to say the author is Canadian. Alice Kuipers has written such a realistic and touching story about a teenage girl who makes all the wrong mistakes, and has the strength to get herself out of it. Definitely a book that reminded me of my very own teen years. Great job Alice, I can’t wait to read more of your novels.
Date published: 2014-12-21
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

Editorial Reviews

“This is a hard-hitting novel for older teens by the talented Saskatoon novelist…. Kuipers’ writing is crisp and effective.”