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Editing Emma

The Secret Blog of a Nearly Proper Person
Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

Move over, Georgia Nicolson. Say goodbye to Geek Girl. Meet Emma Nash.

When 16-year-old Emma is ghosted by love of her life Leon Naylor, she does what any normal girl would do. She spends the entire summer lurking in her bedroom, avoiding all human contact (and the shower), surrounded by the collection of Chewits wrappers she saved from packs Leon gave her, back when he actually acknowledged her existence....

But seeing Leon suddenly 'in a relationship' on Facebook with the perfect Anna spurs Emma into action, and she embarks on a mission to make positive changes to her life (or 'edits', if you will), vowing to use the Internet for more than obsessively stalking Leon's activities! Instead she will use it for good and noble causes like finding someone who will actually be nice to her and recording her findings for the rest of the world to see (i.e., BFF Steph and her mum) on her new Editing Emma blog.

But Emma soon discovers her habit is harder to break than she first thought - turns out she's not the only one editing herself online (thank you, Tinder, for finding her mum's profile - age 35, really?) and that life through an Instagram filter isn't always what it's cracked up to be. But it could be worse: she could have outed her best friend, accidentally chatted up a 12-year-old boy and revealed to the world why Leon Naylor is worth no girl's time or virginity.... Oh no, wait, that's exactly what happened....

©2017 Chloe Seager (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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" Editing Emma was over all too quickly for me as reading it felt like hanging out with one of my most entertaining fiends. Emma's inner-thoughts were a painfully funny romp through a bundle of boy disasters and friend dramas, and it was packed with hilariously accurate observations totally nailed in single sentences. Loved it." (Beth Garrod, author of Superawkward)
"A joy to read - so smart and funny." (Perdita Cargill, coauthor of Waiting for Callback)
"Many genuine laugh-out-loud moments." (Tom Ellen, coauthor of Lobsters)

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First-love, funny, friendship, family, forthright.

This book was the perfect mood-booster, and I loved the performance by Charlie Sanderson for the audiobook.

I liked the way the story was told, the personal blog posts, it really felt like I was in Emma's head. And I thought the story was great - a dramatic tale of friendship, first love, and self discovery. It's realistic, slightly cringey at times, and it doesn't shy away from what being a teen is like. It really takes a long hard look at how you find yourself.

Emma pretty much goes into full on meltdown when she discovers that her boyfriend is now with someone else, and oh man, have we not all been there? When I was younger I thought love, and the person I loved at the time, were the be all and end all. I really loved how sex-positive the book was, because it's something that should absolutely be explored more in YA.

I did like how the book wasn't just about Emma's drama - it was that of her friends and family too. Despite blogging for herself, at herself, she took in a lot of what was generally going on around her and really seemed to care for her family and friends (even if she didn't always show it).

I honestly wish I had read this book as a teen.