Review: You're Invited by Jen Malone and Gail Nall
Four best friends start
a party-planning business in this fresh, funny tween novel from the
authors of At Your Service and Breaking the Ice.
Sadie loves helping her mom with her wedding planning business, and with
Sadie’s mad organizational skills, she’s a natural! That’s why it’s so
devastating when her mother “fires” her after a Little Mermaid–themed
wedding goes awry.
Enter Sadie’s best friends: sporty Vi, ace
student Lauren, and boy-crazy Becca. The girls decide that in order to
get Sadie’s mom to reconsider, they have to make her see how amazing
Sadie is at party planning. Except no one’s gonna hire a twelve-year-old
to plan a wedding. A birthday party, though? Definite possibility.
long, RSVP—your one-stop shop for the most creative parties in town—is
born. Of course, Sadie can’t wait to prove herself to her mom, but the
other girls also have their reasons for enlisting: Vi has her eye on the
perfect gift for her hardworking dad, and Becca’s all aflush at the
thought of connecting with Ryan, the new Irish cutie in town. And though
Lauren thinks she’s too busy with summer studies to “officially” join,
she’s willing to help out in any way she can.
But in this
particular party-planning business, nothing goes according to plan!
Sadie’s mom is a perpetual no-show, Vi’s archrival is dead set on
ruining her summer, Becca can’t seem to get Ryan to glance in her
direction, and Lauren keeps choosing studying over her friends. Is the
girls’ friendship strong enough to survive a business? Or does RSVP
spell the end of these BFFs?
-summary and cover via Goodreads
Plot: The idea of this book (A group of friends decide to begin a party planning business one summer.) just sounded very good to me! Very neat! :)
Characters: Vi, Sadie, Lauren, and Becca were all fun characters to read about! I also loved how at the beginning of each chapter was something that fit each of the girls personalities. A recipe for Vi (Which I already plan on making some of them!), a to-do list for Sadie, a word and definition of it for Lauren, and a horoscope for Becca! Very fun! :)
The cover: Love! (And I love the cover of the next book even more!) :)
Overall: Having read both of the authors debut books (Jen Malone's At Your Service, and Gail Nall's Breaking the Ice.) and enjoying them a lot, I had high hopes for this book! And it didn't disappoint! Getting to read about all the characters adventures in party planning was fun! Very enjoyable! Highly recommend for fans of Middle Grade books!
P.S. When I described the plot and characters to my Mom, she told me it sounded like the Baby-Sitters Club books by Ann M. Martin, which I loved (And still love!)! And I definitely agree with! (If you know me, and how much I used to love those books, you know that's a huge compliment to this book.) (I actually think I heard someone else compare them to those books, but I don't remember where...) Have you read this book? Do you agree? :)
I bought my own copy of this book.