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September 17, 2013

Review: The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

The Reece Malcolm List

Things I know about Reece Malcolm:

1. She graduated from New York University.
2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
3. Since her first novel was released, she’s been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
5. She’s my mother.

Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she’s shipped off to live with the mother she’s never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn’t add up to much.
L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan—a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion for show choir and musicals, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love.
But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?
The Premise of this book really got my interest. The fact that Devan knows nothing about her mother except for the fact that she is a best selling author and lives in LA. Very different from most contemporary YAs I knew I wanted some change in my reading.

Devan was my type of character. She was trying to figure out her way, and she was tough. Though the whole "I love this guy but I'm with another guy" got old, really fast. I liked the guy she was with, but you know there is always that one guy the heroine must be with. Each character was really developed, and as the "Reece Malcom List" expanded you got even more background on the whole story.

Initially you know what will happen, but the background of it all is not expected. I had an emotional ride with this book. Didn't think it would get this bad; during certain chapters I was bawling because of certain arguments or quotes. Where as during other portions I would be beaming cheek to cheek. When a book gets me emotionally involved, I know it's well written. I  feel more involved and the story seems a lot more realistic. Plus with the setting being in LA I enjoyed knowing all the places Devan would go to, made it a lot easier to visualize while reading.

Overall The Reece Maclcom List was enjoyable and a fast paced read. Definitely the romance bugged me because she didn't end up with the guy I wanted, but even beyond that it was well written and I can't wait to read more by Amy Spalding!

Rate: 4/5

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