Age Group: Young Adult
Perspective: First Person
Challenges: 350 Page Challenge
Release Date: October 2, 2008
Always one of the popular kids, sophomore Paisley Hanover gets a rude awakening when she’s booted out of yearbook and into the badlands of drama class. Out of her element but only momentarily out of ideas, Paisley takes action—and an unexpected liking to her drama buddies. The result? An undercover crusade that could bring down the popularity pecking order, and Paisley along with it.
This is the story of how Paisley Hanover gets wise, gets bold, and gets into a hilarious mess of trouble. With a package as fresh and clever as Paisley herself— including a cool slipcase, a fabulous novel, and Paisley’s notebook of embarrassingly funny ideas and doodles—it’s the start of a series that embraces the “Un” in UnUsual.
I already read this book two years ago, and it's just as good and realistic reading it a second time around! I was hooked by the first page, and I barely put this book down to sleep. Despite its length, it was an extremely fun, fast, and captivating read. I loved everything about it!
I really loved the plot of the book. Paisley Hanover, a popular sophomore in high school, has her view on her school (and especially the people in it) turned upside-down when she gets placed into drama and not journalism. She is then opened up to the other side of her school - the "non-popular" side. Paisley makes a few realizations about her friends and the people she hangs around that are startling to her, and in a mad rage she unleashes a column in her school newspaper that turns her school inside-out.
I especially loved that this book has more than one plot line, and that there is more going on that just popular vs. non-popular. There is a lot of depth to the book, and I found it to be really easy to relate to.
The characters, in my opinion, were the best thing about this book. The narrator, Paisley Hanover, was comical, sarcastic, and one hundred percent lovable. She totally made the entire book.
I loved her comments about things, and I could really relate to her. She is one of my all-time favorite MC's. There was a lot of character development with Paisley. It was really cool to watch her point of view change as the book progressed.
Not to mention, the supporting characters were just as awesome! I loved all of Paisley's friends soo much that I wish they were mine!
Cameron Tuttle's writing was flawless. It flowed seamlessly, and she really sucked you into the book with the first sentence. I was always like, "okay, one more chapter, then I'll go to sleep." Then, when I got to the end of the chapter, I would be like, "I can't end there!" and it would be one crazy-big cycle.
I thought the ending fit the book perfectly. Everything came together really nicely, and it didn't feel rushed at all. The ending did tie up the loose ends for that book, but still left room for the sequel to continue where it left off without it feeling patchy.
The one and only semi-bad thing I can say about this book is that the cover was too cute-sie for the book. It is a cute cover, I'll give it that, but it almost seems childish, and doesn't really portray what the book is about. I'm just saying, if I were to have judged this book solely by its cover, I probably would not have picked it up.
The Final Verdict:
Paisley Hanover Acts Out is a fun, cute book that also has some depth. It is classified under "Young Adult", but this book is definitely appropriate for even Middle Grade readers. I recommend this to anyone who wants an uplifting fast read with awesome, unforgettable characters.