Notes from the Blender
Declan loves death metal—particularly from Finland. And video games—violent ones. And internet porn—any kind, really. He goes to school with Neilly Foster and spends most of his classroom time wondering what it might be like to know her, to talk to her, maybe even to graze against her sweater in the hallway.
Neilly is an accomplished gymnast, naturally beautiful, and a constant presence at all the best parties (to which Declan is never invited). She’s the queen of cool, the princess of poker face, and her rule is uncontested—or it was until today, when she’s dumped by her boyfriend, betrayed by her former BFF Lulu, and then informed she’s getting a new brother—of the freaky fellow classmate variety.
Declan’s dad is marrying Neilly’s mom. Soon. Which means they’ll be moving in together.
|Interest Level||Grade 9 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 9|
|Genre||Fiction, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Lab ®|
|Number of Pages||240|
|Reading Counts! Level||6.2|
|Reading Counts! Points||14.0|
- ALA Rainbow List
- Tayshas Reading List
- Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children
- Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee
“The swift plot and sympathetic characters result in a moving story about embracing change.” —Publishers Weekly
Library Media Connection
“This well developed story gives readers an opportunity to see teens ‘taking the high road’ as they deal with both peers and parents in a novel teens will not want to put down.” —Library Media Connection
“[T]his light-hearted novel will prove popular.” —starred, VOYA
“It’s a rare treat to find a teen novel with both heart and humor in such great and equal quantities.” —Booklist
“[A] sweet, emotional, but never hokey mix.” —Kirkus Reviews
Author: Brendan Halpin
Author: Trish Cook
Trish Cook is the author of four young adult novels, including Notes from the Blender and A Really Awesome Mess, and a graduate of the University of Chicago's Graham School program in Creative Nonfiction. Her essays have been seen most recently in the Manifest-Station, Graze Magazine, and Spittoon. Trish is currently in the process of putting the final touches on her memoir/essay collection. In her spare time, she rows with a masters crew, most recently competing in Masters Nationals and the Head of the Charles Regatta. Trish dreams of being on The Amazing Race, but the closest she's ever come was being chosen as a finalist for casting on I Survived a Japanese Game Show (and unfortunately did not survive that last casting cut). You can visit her at www.trishcook.com and www.instagram.com/instafromthe80s.