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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Small Medium At Large by Joanne Levy (Review + Giveaway)

Genre:Middle Grade, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publication.Date  July 3rd 2012
Published By:  Bloomsbury | 
WebsiteJoanne Levy | 

Small Medium At Large - Goodreads
My review copy:A copy of the book received from the author in exchange for an honest review
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After she’s hit by lightning at a wedding, twelve-year-old Lilah Bloomdevelops a new talent: she can hear dead people. Among them, there’s her overopinionated Bubby Dora; a prissy fashion designer; and an approval-seeking clown who livens up a séance. With Bubby Dora leading the way, these and other sweetly imperfect ghosts haunt Lilah through seventh grade, and help her face her one big fear: talking to—and possibly going to the seventh-grade dance with—her crush, Andrew Finkel

Wait a minute, I thought as his words sunk in. I was hit by lightning?
“I guess you can’t see me,” the voice said. “But I’m here. Lilah, it’s me, your grandmother, Dora.”Huh?"

     This was probably the funniest, most adorable Middle Grade book I have ever read. The witty humour, strong writing and interesting lead character pulled me directly into the wonderful, uplifting story. Amusing, clever, and astonishingly captivating, Small Medium At Large is a delightfully charming and deliciously atmospheric gem of a book! And though it's a rather short and quick read, it's certainly a very memorable one. Joanne Levy packs a punch for fans of all things quirky and paranormal! 

     Lilah Blood: my kind of hero. What a wonderful, cheerful, funny little girl she is! She definitely made the story for me. Her witty remarks and hilarious inner thoughts had me hooked right away. I was constantly laughing out loud. She is smart and sassy, and as far from snobbish and whiny as you can possibly get. When, after being struck by lightning, Lilah wakes up in a hospital bed with the ability to communicate with ghosts, her world is turned upside-down. Thankfully, she can't actually see all the ghosts that are all of a sudden trying to chat with her (that would be scary!), she can only hear them. And one of the very first voices she hears belongs to no one else but her own grandmother, who, concerned about her divorced son's well-being (Lilah's dad), decides to team up with Lilah and play match-makers! 

     While it obviously has some great paranormal elements, Small Medium At Large reads more like a contemporary comedy than an actual supernatural novel. All the characters are very down-to-earth; they worry about relevant, every-day stuff, such as dating, being liked and accepted by others, or - in Lilah's case - getting her very first bra. Many of the situations described in the book are simply adorable and amusing. And I especially loved the way all the characters interacted with one another. For such a short story, they're surprisingly well developed. I found Lilah's dad to be exceptionally well characterized. He's just your regular, clueless dad, who - despite his good intentions - doesn't always know what to do with his teenage daughter. He's caring, sweet, and thoughtful, but he's also quite shy, and he doesn't always know how to show his affection. The divorce left him lost and confused, and he definitely needs Lilah's help getting back in the game.

     Lilah's interactions with ghosts are not only laugh-out-loud funny, but also quite meaningful. Every ghost she encounters has some sort of unfinished business; and they all need Lilah's help to finally be able to rest in peace. Reading about Lilah's adventures was very heart-warming and thought-provoking. All the situations she found herself in while trying to help the poor, lost souls were interesting and moving, and it's clear to me that the author has put a lot of thought into the construction of the plot

     The story itself isn't overly complicated. There are no inappropriate scenes, nor foul language, and it can easily be enjoyed by the younger audience. The plot is very concise and straight-to-the-point, though if you stop and think about it, under the entertaining and adventurous outer layer you'll discover some meaningful messages. And that makes Small Medium At Large a brilliant, shiny, and comforting read that could be enjoyed by both middle grade children and adults alike. 

     Overall, Small Medium At Large proved to be way more fun and moving than I hoped it would be. I really didn't want it to end and was very sad when I hit the back cover. I really hope Joanne Levy will turn this fabulous paranormal adventure into an entire series of books, for I am already missing Lilah's vibrant and loveable personality!


The wonderful Joanne Levy has generously offered a signed copy of Small Medium At Large up for grabs! Thank you, Joanne!!! 

Open to: US/Canada
Ends: August 30th
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About the Author
Evie is the Blogger behind Bookish. She enjoys reading many different genres, especially YA, Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction and Fantasy.
She loves talking to authors and is always happy to welcome them for interviews, and guest posts. She also likes spreading the love for awesome books and  chatting with fellow book-worms.
You can find Evie here: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Shelfari | The Library Thing


Dana said...

This book sounds really good I really want to read it!

Karen said...

I have been wanting to read this one for a while! Hope I win ;)

Kristilyn (Reading In Winter) said...

This looks like such a cute book! I love books about mediums and a YA book sounds like such a treat!

Heather said...

This sounds adorable! And I hadn't heard of it. Thanks for the heads up on it.

Joy Kirr said...

I keep hearing about this one - it MUST be good! It would look great in the hands of my 7th graders...!

Amy said...

This totally sounds like a book I would enjoy and one that my daughter will enjoy in a few years!! Awesome review!!

Carl said...

I love your description of Lilah, she sounds like a total hoot. I can see that this book would have very broad appeal. A signed copy would be a great thing to win. Thanks!

Lili said...

I normally try to avoid MG books, but this one looks entertaining and promising. You said it was a lot better than you thought it would be and I love books that shock you pleasantly. I will be adding this to my TBR list.

Thank you for the giveaway. (:

aatweens said...

This sounds like a really fun and interesting read! I look forward to reading it and thanks for the giveaway

Jasmine Rose said...

Yay! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I've been looking forward to it for quite some time. I haven't really seen any reviews for it at all, so it's nice to not only see one, but to have it sing such high praises for it!

Jetches (My Not So Vacant Shelf) said...

I've been hearing many many good things about this book and have been wanting to read it for quite sometimes.

Tore said...

I really want to read this book. sounds very good.

M.A.D. said...

Small Medium at Large sounds like such a fun book!! I love the funny dead people - and can't wait to read what they have to say, it's gotta be epic lol ;D

Thanks for the terrific giveaway <3
Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

Randi M said...

I'm glad to hear that you liked this, Evie. It's been on my to-read list for awhile now, and I love that you mentioned it's got something for middle grade readers as well as adults. I love the occasional middle grade read, but one I read earlier this year definitely lacked that crossover, so I appreciate that this one has it! Great review. :)

Bonnie Regan said...

This one sounds adorable... I'm so loving all the fabulous Middle Grade books being released this year!

Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

This book looks so flipping cute! I have read a few paranormals that have read like funny contemporaries too and I have enjoyed them.

Thanks for the great review evie! Hope everything is going well with you :)

Twisty J said...

This really sounds like a charming and wonderful read- thanks for the feature!

Orchid said...

Absolutely loved Small Medium at Large. It was brilliant and cute.

Loved your review for it and think that you are absolutely right. =)

Margaly M said...

This book sounds cute and interesting. I'm into reading some Middle Grade books, so this would be great.

jeanne curtin said...

As soon as I heard the creative title of the book, I wanted to read it. And I know it would be perfect for my niece who's entering 5th grade.

Thanks for reviewing the book, Evie!

Megan said...

This one sounds like a very sweet book. And the title is so clever!

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Hwa Sun Kang said...

Small Medium at Large sounds like a wonderful book. I love books with humor :)

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