Sunday, March 01, 2009

Diets and Cookies and Mean Girls, Oh My!

It's been a busy but good week for the Blog Tour this week! A warm welcome to Erin Dionne with her book Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies!

A bit about the book:

Thirteen-year-old Celeste Harris is no string bean, but comfy sweatpants and a daily chocolate cookie suit her just fine. Her under-the-radar lifestyle could have continued too, if her aunt hadn’t entered her in the HuskyPeach Modeling Challenge. To get out of it, she’s forced to launch Operation Skinny Celeste—because, after all, a thin girl can’t be a fat model! What Celeste never imagined was that losing weight would help her gain a backbone . . . or that all she needed to shine was a spotlight.

I actually got a chance to read this book a couple of months ago and it is SO fun! For any 8-16 year old girl who is struggling with self-confidence in any way, this is great book. It's technically Middle Grade, but it was such a fun book, I really think it can skew older. A very real, very enjoyable read. I highly recommend it!

A bit about the lovely Erin Dionne:

Erin Dionne has lived on two coasts and in four states. Her debut novel, MODELS DON’T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES, was inspired by events that occurred in seventh grade, when she wore a scary peach bridesmaid dress in her cousin’s wedding and threw up on her gym teacher’s shoes (not at the same event). Although humiliating at the time, these experiences are working for her now.

And I know you all look forward to my Feasty Five! Here they are!

AP: What kind of soda does your MC drink?

ED: She's definitely a root beer girl. At least, she used to be....

AP: *laugh* I suspect she's a Diet Coke girl now! What is your MC's favorite kind of flower? How about yours?

ED: Celeste likes daisies. I'm a fan of violets.

AP: Awww, I love violets! Does your MC believe in magic? Do you?

ED:If you asked her, she'd say maybe, but on the inside she'd really want to believe.
Do I? Absolutely.

AP: Aren't so many of us like that? Believing on the inside? *sigh* Okay, back on track, Superman or Batman?

ED: Batman, baby. Batman. It's all about the car.

AP: Batman still winning. Give us one line from your book. You don't even have to give it context.:)

ED: From when Celeste finds out she's a contestant for Miss HuskyPeach:

But instead of picturing MY FACE THERE, all I saw were Lively and her posse from school, ponytails bobbing, fingers pointing. And what I heard was more moos.

AP: Oh man, that part of the book is so sad! Seriously, people, for an excellent read on how to have confidence no matter what you look/sound/act/smell like (well, maybe smell was going too far . . .) check out MODELS DON'T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES! You will not regret it!

And while you're at it, visit Erin at



Shelli said...

guess i know now why I am NOT a model :)too many cookies! gotta go - the oreos are calling.

Patti said...

Sounds like a must read for all middle grade girls. I'll be picking one up.