{Review+Giveaway} #HomeroomDiaries by James Patterson & Lisa Papademetriou

July 28, 2014 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews, Young Adult 15 ★★★★

{Review+Giveaway} #HomeroomDiaries by James Patterson & Lisa PapademetriouHomeroom Diaries by James Patterson, Lisa Papademetriou
Pages: 272
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on July 21, 2014
Genres: contemporary, Depression & Mental Illness, Friendship, Humorous Stories, Social Issues, Young Adult
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher

In James Patterson's first highly illustrated "diary fiction" story for teens, the mega-bestselling author's most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.

Margaret "Cuckoo" Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she's turning over a new leaf with her "Happiness Project". She's determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters.

Cuckoo's also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves "the Freakshow") decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and "bring the Nations together". Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling...until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.


YA Review My Thoughts The Homeroom Diaries is a hilarious story told in the form of a teens diary, complete with tons of awesome illustrations. It is hard for me to decide which I enjoyed more- the story through Margaret, or  “Cuckoo” as she has everyone call her, entries or her pictures to go along with the entries. It was a close call, both were equally awesome and both totally hilarious. The Homeroom Diaries is told from Cuckoo’s point of view, but because it is her diaries it is told in a kind of easily accessible stream of consciousness. I loved every page of this book, even the sad ones.

Cuckoo does not have it easy. She has had more than her fair share of crappy things happen to her, but still through it all she is holding it together remarkably. I know the counselors at her school don’t think so, but I do. I admired the heck out of her. And I loved seeing her with her friends. Check out how they describe themselves in one of these pictures from the book.* friends morefriends

The illustrations added a fantastic level of humor to the story. I lost count of how many times I flat out laughed out loud while reading Homeroom Diaries. And these were not dainty little giggles or chuckles, they were full out laughs, where I had to re-read paragraphs just so I could laugh again.

Homeroom Diaries is not just funny pictures though, there is a kick ass story in there too.Cuckoo and her friends are trying to implement this “project happiness” idea of theirs throughout the story, and you get a behind the scenes look at their everyday life. And trust me, tons goes on with them. I loved getting to know each of her friends, and I especially loved the alternate endings that she made for them. Cuckoo hates endings, and she is constantly writing alternate endings for books and movies and people. I hope that means there is another book coming out, because I am not ready to say goodbye to Cuckoo and her BFFs! blue4 *Pictures were taken with permission from  the book’s official Instagram. Check it out for some awesome sneak peeks at the artwork!


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About James Patterson

In January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having “transformed book publishing.” Time magazine named him “The Man Who Can’t Miss,” and he is a two-time Children’s Choice Book Award “Author of the Year” nominee, a designation decided on by more than 15,000 children and teen readers.

In the past three years, James Patterson has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James’s books have sold an estimated 260 million copies worldwide. Since 2006, one out of every seventeen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he’s accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (76 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.

From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways of spreading the joy of reading) to his website ReadKiddoRead.com (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. His critically acclaimed Maximum Ride series debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list at #1 and remained there for twelve straight weeks. The series has so far made ninety-four cumulative appearances on The New York Times bestsellers lists, proving that kids of all ages love page turners. He captured the attention of boy readers with Daniel X series, and his third series for readers of all ages debuted in December 2009 with Witch & Wizard, which spent five consecutive weeks atop the New York Times bestsellers list.

One of Forbes magazine’s Celebrity 100, James made a guest appearance on the popular FOX TV show “The Simpsons” in March, 2007.

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15 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} #HomeroomDiaries by James Patterson & Lisa Papademetriou”

  1. kindlemom1

    I am so happy to see this review. I was really hoping this would be a fun read, my girls love his books. I had no idea there is art along the way too with the entries, that is awesome!

  2. Heidi

    I think this sounds like so much fun. Is it more MG than YA? I think the illustrations look fantastic! Thanks for the review and the chance to win!

  3. kimbacaffeinate

    Fantastic review, now this isn’t really my thing, but my youngest (20) loves these type of books from journal entries to texting. I will share this one with her!

  4. Candace

    I’m doing this promo too. 🙂 Hopefully I can get the book read in time to include a review! I’m glad you really enjoyed this one! I’m always up for some laughter!

  5. Christina R.

    LOVE It when a character makes you totally fall in love with her, and it’s awesome that she’s trying to be happy despite all her problems. It’s awesome that her diary has drawings because she too is an artist, it’s like a glimpse into her real life.

    Lovely review!!

    Thank you 🙂

  6. Anita Yancey

    This sounds like a fun and interesting book to read. I love James books, and I really enjoy humor. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  7. Linda romer

    I love your reviews. Your enthusiasm shines through with ever one you write. Home room diaries sounds like a fun read. Thank you

  8. Kayla

    Great review! This book sounds very entertaining. I haven’t read anything by James Patterson yet, but have been meaning to for a while.

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