I, Lorelei

I, Lorelei

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Lorelei Connelly is no ordinary eleven-year-old. She's practical and a forward thinker. When her favorite cat, Mud, dies, she starts a journal to him, chronicling her daily life as a sixth grader so that he can continue to follow her rise to fame and fortune as a beloved actress, celebrated chef, and/or bestselling author. She figures it's also a good way to make sure her future biographers don't get anything wrong about her. But when her parents' marriage starts to unravel, Lorelei's lighthearted daily log becomes a poignant and defiantly humorous account of a family in distress as Lorelei grapples with the ground shifting under her feet. Yeardley Smith engages the reader with wit, candor, and authenticity.
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  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 150 x 212 x 36mm | 421.84g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061493449
  • 9780061493447
  • 2,110,105

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Lorelei, a wealthy Washington, D.C., 11-year-old, starts a diary as a way of staying in touch with her beloved dead cat, Mud. At first the diary seems fairly straightforward, detailing the day-to-day travails of a sixth grader: fights with her brothers (one older, one younger), arguments with her parents, worries about the loyalty of her best friend. But as fall turns into winter, it becomes clear that Lorelei's privileged home life is falling apart, with constant fights between her erratic and selfish parents. Meanwhile, Lorelei is performing in the school play, befriending the least popular girl in her grade and getting close with sexy Bo. Despite writing that tends toward the oversimplified - at times the verisimilitude between this literary diary and the writings of an actual sixth grader is a little too good - the characterizations of Lorelei's antagonists are gratifyingly complex, revealing parents, bullies and teachers as imperfect but not villainous. A gently humorous outing from Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, with a touch of slapstick to lighten the (slightly overplotted) poignancy. (Fiction. 8-10) (Kirkus Reviews)
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155 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 33% (51)
4 35% (54)
3 25% (38)
2 6% (10)
1 1% (2)

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Lorelei Connelly has decided she will start journaling about her life to her cat Mud, who recently died. She wants to be able to tell Mud what he\'s missing and also give her future biographers something to write about when she is famous. Her journal to Mud starts out with her everyday activities and Lorelei\'s foray into theater with her middle school production of Peter Pan. When Lorelei\'s parent\'s marriage starts to fall apart, her journal to Mud becomes a place for Lorelei to share her feelings and try to understand what is happening to her family. Lorelei\'s dad starts to take all the furniture, her mom goes on a nanny hiring streak, and poor Lorelei is stuck in the middle. Yeardley Smith is the voice of Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons, so I\'m not surprised to see a smart girl as the lead of I, LORELEI. At times I even felt there was a little bit of Lisa in Lorelei. Lorelei is a strong character and a great role model. She stands up to the mean popular girl and the school bully and doesn\'t let them bother her. She goes against the grain and befriends the unpopular girl at school. Lorelei\'s journal is full of laughs as well as her heartbreak over her parents. Not only is Lorelei dealing with things at home, but she\'s also coming into her own and trying to figure life out at school, boys, and friends. This is a humorous, touching read that I\'m sure will resonate with tween readers.show more
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