Google+ Reading Teen: Review: Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Heather Hepler and Brad Barkley

Friday, February 24, 2012

Review: Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Heather Hepler and Brad Barkley


Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Speak
Buy the Book: Amazon                   Author's Websites: http://www.heatherhepler.com/, http://www.bradbarkley.com/                  Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

     Calliope (or Cal as she calls herself ) wants nothing more than to stay put, to stop traveling cross-country with her mother, sleeping in a tent, abandoning all belongings whenever they pull up stakes. Eliot misses the happy times he left behind when his father decided to open a camp for kids looking to lose weight and find Jesus.When Cal and Eliot meet by chance, they feel an immediate connection.Together they must face their isolation, the threat of yet another move, and the deepening of Eliot's father's obsession with money and God.This smart novel, featuring unforgettable characters, colorful backdrops, and even a few recipes, is as funny as it is romantic.
My Review:


     Okay, so we've mentioned this book a few times, but I just recently realized that we've never actually done a review on it, which is utter nonsense!  So here it is, my real-live review of one of my top three favorite books of all time...

     Publishers Weekly said Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, is for “…Readers who wish Romeo and Juliet had a happier ending…” Booklist called it, “A refreshing, poetic, memorable story filled with the precise small details that nudge people toward love…” The Penguin Group published Scrambled Eggs at Midnight in 2006, only one month after Heather Hepler and Brad Barkley finished writing. Heather wrote half of the first chapter before realizing that a novel was a huge undertaking on her own. After calling Brad for some advice, they agreed to write it together. With chapters alternating between Eliot and Cal, Scrambled Eggs at Midnight is a teenage love story about what happens when you just let yourself fall, and I fell hard. I fell in love, not only with the main characters of this book, but with many of the supporting ones too.  There were just so many lovable people.

     Moving from place to place, Calliope never imagined the small town of Asheville North Carolina would be any different, she assumed it would be just like the nine other moves they’d had in the past four years. She never expected it to feel like home, never expected she’d want to stay, and never expected she’d find what she never really knew she was missing. Eliot had lived in North Carolina all of his life, and still sorely missed the Carolina beaches they moved away from years before. Shortly after relocating Eliot’s dad opened a fat camp whose slogan was “What would Jesus eat?” Being in a small town, it didn't take long for Cal and Eliot to meet at the local bookstore. Ingrained in Eliot’s mind forever, is the vision of Cal’s curly red hair and her bright green eyes. And Cal can’t stop thinking about how Eliot’s eyes were so blue they were nearly-black, and, she had to constantly remind herself, how his lips were green, definitely green.

     After spending more time together Cal and Eliot realize they have an immediate connection. Cal has finally found something solid in her life and Eliot is finally coming out of his shell.  And I loved every single bit of it.   It's so hard to find words to explain how much I loved this book.  It's just that good.  I've never read another Chick-Lit book that I liked as much as Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, and honestly, I'm not sure if I ever will. So read it, and I promise you'll fall in love too.


12 comments:

  1. I absolutely agree! I love this book so much!!

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  2. I've never heard of this book but now I really want to read it. But I'm supposed to be reading My Freshman Year and Other Natural Disasters, Barking Mad, The Fourth Stall II and Demons at Deadnight if I can find time. Now you dangle this in front of me. AAAARGH!! I need more days in the week.

    Heather

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  3. Oh Yay! Found it on PaperBack Swap! Then it will come and sit forever!!

    But I'll get to it one day! Then I'll tell you how right you were.

    Heather

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    1. Heather, you have to read it!! It is really so cute!

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  4. I've never heard of this book. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. It really sounds great!

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    1. Amy, it's one of my favorites too!! Seriously one of the best romantic comedy type books I've ever read!

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  5. This book sounds awesome, definitely going to add it to my TBR list. Also kind of funny that I live not that far from Asheville, NC......

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  6. I've never heard of this book either. I'm off to check it out and see where I can get my hands on it! Thanks for the review.

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  7. Aw I have this one on my shelf. I remember really liking it when I read it years ago. I always meant to go back and read more of these authors' books but it just never happened. Have you read any of their other books?

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    1. We both read The Dream Factory by them, and loved it!! I think I may have liked it even more than SEaM, but I'm not sure. They're both so cute!! You should DEFINITELY read The Dream Factory. The first line of that book is:

      "I wasn't at all surprised when Cinderella gave me the finger."

      How can you NOT read it now? :D

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    2. Lol I just finished my comment on The Dream Factory review and I agree that I must read it now. I have always loved Cinderella stories. :)

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  8. amazing book. you just have to read it.

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