Published by Createspace Independent Pub on April 28, 2014
Genres: Coming of Age, contemporary, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: ecopy from Author
Reading Challenges: 2014 Summer Reading Challenge, COYER
Shy girls don’t yarn-bomb the school fence at dawn, and they definitely don’t skip school to hang out with Patrick Hayes—student council president, football vice-captain (and president of his own fan club).
But then, best friends don’t usually resort to blackmail.
Fifteen-year-old Mabs is the shadow to Olivia’s sun. That’s how it’s always been. But when Olivia goes on a semester-long exchange to France, Mabs can no longer hide behind her best friend.
When a letter arrives, postmarked Paris, the last thing Mabs expects is blackmail. And unless she completes the enclosed list of dares by the time Olivia gets home, Olivia will send the love poem she stole from Mabs’s diary to the boy it was written about.What’s even worse than the possibility of Rob Eno (her way too easily decipherable codename for the former object of her affections) seeing that poem, or her best friend thinking that she’s a friendless recluse who needs to be blackmailed into getting a life, is having to admit it just might be true.
After a few humiliating attempts, Mabs realises the only way she’s ever going to get the list finished in time is to enlist the help of an extrovert. Enter Patrick Hayes, her brother’s pain-in-the-neck best friend. The ultimate extrovert, he might be the only one who can help Mabs finish the list, and step out of Olivia’s shadow.
The Oyster’s Autobiography is a super cute read about stepping outside of your comfort zone and about finding yourself. Mabs is a girl that is happy with her quiet simple life. She has school, and she has her best friend. But when her best friend leaves to do a study abroad exchange semester, Mabs is left all by herself. Her best friend knows Mabs well and she doesn’t want her to sit around by herself the whole semester, so she created a list of things she wants Mabs to accomplish before she gets back in 3 months. And what if Mabs doesn’t? Well, then Mabs super secret crush “Rob Eno” will be sent a very secret love letter and his identity will be revealed. Blackmailed into stepping outside of her comfort zone, Mabs big adventure begins.
I loved that Olivia cared about her friend enough and knew her well enough to make sure that she wasn’t miserable while she was gone. Not all of the things that were on her list were things that Mabs was going to love, but that’s ok. The real point of the list was for Mabs to get out there and do something. I loved Mabs. She was shy and reluctant a lot of the time, but she is funny and sweet and you can’t help but root for her. I had a feeling I knew the mystery of Rob Eno for a while, but I never did actual crack Mabs code, I just had a gut feeling that turned out to be right. Mabs does a bit of dragging her feet at the start, but once she recruits Patrick- her brothers best friend, she really starts checking off some items. I loved that Patrick was willing to help Mabs. And along the way, Mabs made new friends, and even started a budding relationship. All in all, The Oyster’s Autobiography is an adorable read. You will have a blast along side of Mabs, watching her come out of her shell.
All of the secondary characters were great as well. Her new friends were cool, and even her brother, his best friend Patrick and their friends all played decent roles. If you are looking for a cute summer read that will put a smile on your face, pick up The Oyster’s Autobiography. Plus, this book really makes me want to yarn bomb a fence! I had never heard of that before but it seems so cool!
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