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A More Relaxed Youth Review: The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill

  

Ellie Sweet is a lot of things—good girl, novelist, silent adorer of the new boy at school, Palmer. But when “outcast” gets added to the list, she decides it’s time to take reality into her own hands … and tweak it as needed.
In the pages of her book, she’s Lady Gabrielle, favorite of the medieval Italian court. Her once-friends are reduced to catty ladies-in-waiting, and the too-charming Palmer—who in real life never spares her a second word—gets to be nothing more than a rake wracked by unrequited love for her. She even has a perfect real-life villain in the brooding Chase, who hails from the wrong side of town.
But just when she’s getting along great in her fictional world, the real one throws her a few curves. With Chase pursuing her, Palmer wanting to date her—but in secret—and the details of her manuscript going public, Ellie suddenly receives more attention than she ever really wanted. And when her former-friends discover what she’s been writing, they’re determined to teach Ellie a lesson about the severe consequences of using her pen as her sword.

My review: 

Okay, so this book has recently received a new cover, so I saw it fitting to change the title of the story as well…I chose”My New Favorite Book”! After finding and reading Stephanie’s (and Jill’s) Go Teen Writers blog about a year ago and reading Jill’s Safe Land series, I have really wanted to read this book to support Stephanie (and plus it sounded just so fantastic!). So, when I found that this book was blessedly free on kindle on the day that I was completely quarentined to my room due to sickness, I started and finished the book in that same day! In fact I even tortured myself by reading the first 3 chapters of the sequel so that shows you how much I loved this book! 

I think the main reason that this was such a great book was because it was so realistic yet it still had that fairy-tale twist to it. Being a writer myself, I could relate to Ellie in more ways than one (even to the strange point that my novel is also starring a royal from the medieval times) and she was an incredibly developed character. Stephanie did a great job on all of her characters and should receive a medal for the “most swoon-worthy heros”! I mean really, how can you choose between love-sick Chase and pretty boy Palmer? Its just so difficult! 

As for the storyline, it was just so well thought out and pieced together so beautifully that I have to wonder how long Stephanie babied this before she finally declared it finished. Because it is the most perfect fictional book that I have probably ever read! 

Great job Stephanie and please keep writing because you’re awesome! 5 out of 5 stars! 

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