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Title:
Autumn Falls : a novel
Author:
Thorne, Bella, 1997- , author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
217 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"Following her adored father's death, a teenager named Autumn Falls is forced to relocate to a new school in Florida for sophomore year. And when Autumn receives an enchanted gift: a journal that literally brings Autumn's writing to life--anything could happen. Could the journal be imbued with her dad's spirit?"--
Language:
English
Reading Level:
HL 650 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 4.4 7.0 170286.
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ISBN:
9780385744331

9780375991615
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

New friends, new enemies . . . can a magical journal change Autumn's crazy life? This funny and sweet novel by FAMOUS IN LOVE star Bella Thorne--is perfect for fans of Girl Online, Liv and Maddie: Cali Style, Descendants, and anyone looking for an entertaining read with just a touch of magic!

With her fiery red hair, new-girl outsider status, and tendency to be a total klutz, Autumn Falls definitely isn't flying below the radar at Aventura High. Luckily, she makes some genuine friends who take her under their wing. But she also manages to get on the wrong side of the school's queen bee, and then finds out the guy she's started to like, funny and sweet Sean, hangs with the mean crowd. Now her rep and her potential love life are at stake.

When Autumn vents her feelings in a journal that belonged to her late father, suddenly her wildest wishes start coming true. Is it coincidence? Or can writing in the journal solve all her problems? And if the journal doesn't work that way, is there a bigger purpose for it--and for her?

Filled with personal elements from Bella's own life, AUTUMN FALLS is the first book in Bella Thorne's new series! It has everything readers will love and relate to: a real girl trying to find her own inner strength and be the best she can be, with a hint of magic and mystery, and a steady stream of OMG-I-can't-believe-that-just-happened fun.


"You'll be obsessed with Autumn Falls. It has basically everything you could ever want: a lovable klutz for a main character, a total heartthrob, and just a touch of magic." --Seventeen.com

"A brilliant debut from Bella Thorne!" -- Girls' Life

"We personally loved the book. . . . The main character is a fiery, redheaded girl who captures your heart." --Latina.com

"Entertaining." --Booklist

"Captivating . . . highly recommended." --VOYA

"A fun premise." -- Publishers Weekly

"Thorne is a shining example of what can be accomplished with the right attitude and drive." --Girls Write Now


Author Notes

Bella Thorne is an actress and an emerging style icon, with almost ten million likes on Facebook, six million followers on Twitter, and over 16.7 million followers on Instagram. Her positive energy, her stay-true-to-yourself message, and her amazing family, plus the love of all the bellarinas/-os around the world, are the driving forces behind everything she does.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

After a cross-country move following her father's death, Autumn Falls is having a hard time finding her footing. Several social gaffes at school immediately cement her outsider position, while attention from crushworthy Sean makes her the target of Reenzie, the resident queen bee, who has launched a school-wide campaign to humiliate Autumn. Her grandmother, Eddy, gives her a posthumous gift from Autumn's father a journal that Eddy claims will change Autumn's life. Autumn is skeptical, but when wishes recorded on its pages start coming true, she can't deny the journal has special powers. The question is, How will she use them? Media-savvy actress Thorne adds another feather in her cap with this formulaic but entertaining novel about the importance of staying true to oneself. Colorful secondary characters, especially the anagram-spouting J. J. Austin and loud-mouthed Amalita, help add dimension. Humorous dialogue and awkward high-school moments keep things light, even while exploring ethical choices that teens face on a daily basis. Name recognition guarantees a built-in fan base for this breezy first novel.--Hayes, Summer Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In actress Thorne's YA debut, sophomore Autumn Falls, stuck with a name "that calls me out as a complete klutz and seasonally challenged," moves with her family to Florida after her father's accidental death. There, Autumn's Cuban grandmother gives her a magical journal and tells her it "could change your life." And the journal does seem to make Autumn's wishes come true, leading to the temptation to seek revenge when she is bullied by pretty, popular Reenzie ("Pro tip... you want to take care of [your skin] out here. Heat can make breakouts even worse"). Thorne's book has a fun premise and some silly moments (such as when one of Autumn's written wishes has Reenzie slip and fall in a pile of dog poop during track practice), and a few of the characters have inauthentic affectations, such as Autumn's grandmother's belief that there are sleeping pills in the ice cream at her assisted living home. But as Autumn begins to realize the problems with payback, her insights help compensate for an over-the-top and oversweet final scene. Ages 12-up. Agent: Matthew Elblonk, DeFiore and Company. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Following her father's death, Autumn Falls moves with her family to Aventura, FL, and starts at a new high school. She makes friends, but also an enemy when popular girl Reenzie targets her because cute and kind Sean shows an interest. Autumn wants to let the school authorities address the bullying, but as there is no proof that Reenzie is responsible, nothing happens on an official level. Meanwhile, Autumn's grandmother gives her a special journal left to her by her father and claims it has magical powers. Autumn begins writing letters to her father in the journal and discovers that the wishes she writes come true, though not always in expected ways. This debut novel is read by the author, teen actress Thorne, whose youthful voice lends authenticity to the first-person narration. She is less successful voicing the supporting characters-the grandmother's accent, for example, is quite inconsistent-but as Autumn she effectively conveys the ups and downs of high school life. The situations and choices Autumn faces range from ordinary to challenging, and the possibilities of the magical journal raise the stakes and present moral dilemmas that will engage listeners. VERDICT Recommended for those who enjoy stories about navigating high school social strata.-Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.