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Amy Spalding's debut novel is a thoroughly satisfying coming-of-age read full of romance, emotion, and laugh-out-loud moments. Find out why Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan called it, "Funny and poignant, this lively book totally charmed us."
Things I know about Reece Malcolm:
1. She graduated from New York University.
2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
3. Since her first novel was released, she's been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
5. She's my mother.
Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she's shipped off to live with the mother she's never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn't add up to much. L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan―a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love. But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?
What do you do when you're sad? Me? Les Miserables (Original London Cast), Disc 1, Track 5: I Dreamed a Dream
Upset about a boy? Wicked, Track 8: I'm Not That Girl
Outraged over something? Ragtime, Disc 2, Track 15: Make Them Hear You
Getting ready to parrrrty? Rent (Original Broadway Cast), Disc 1,... ...more
Rating: 4.5 Stars
As a teen, it feels as if I read less of teen fiction and more of adult. Statistically speaking, this isn’t true. Nearly all the novels I pick up are YA, but I tend to pick the more serious type; more brooding, more depressing, and infinitely more likely to make me burst into tea... ...more
Things I know About The Reece Malcolm List:
1) It will make you laugh.
2) If you are at all into musical theatre, it will make you sing. If you’re not into it, it’ll probably give you the urge to check it out.
3) It will make you want to go to LA (even if you live in Southern California, and hate th... ...more
This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.
We walk outside to the parking lot. Sunshine and blue skies. Again. I open my mouth to let her know about the name mistake, except that I really like the thought of being Devan Malcolm. And if I tell her, she’ll call up New City, ge......more
Things you should know about me:
1. I got an A in Performing Arts in high school but I cannot carry a tune to save my life. But I can cry on cue and am naturally over dramatic about everything.
2. I LOVE musical theatre. I was the girl dancing in the stalls when I went to see Fame who then sprained... ...more
I loved this cute contemporary YA novel about family, friendship, first love, and...musical theater.
The Reece Malcolm List follows Devan, a teenager girl who has just lost her father, and her move to LA from St. Louis to live with the mother she has never known--the famous writer, Reece Malcolm.... ...more
That moment when you're super curious about a book but have pretty much no expectations, and it turns out to be completely awesome. I am living this moment. The Reece Malcolm List caught my eye with it's kooky cover and blurb, but I really knew nothing about it. Turns out The Reece Malcolm List i... ...more
I have nothing but good things to say about Amy Spalding's debut The Reece Malcolm List. It was completely what I was in the mood to read right now being just the right mix of a light fluffy read but with some serious undertones - the perfect balance of both really.
This is the story of 16 year-o... ...more
I read this in draft form and you guys, it's SO good. I can't wait to see it on shelves and re-read the finished version.
Added 2/3/13: This book gets SO many things right. ...more
Devan's voice is perfect.
Wonderful balance of emotions.
Music and theater.
Friendships and romances.
Amazing mother-daughter story. (This is my favorite thing about it.)
Flawless ending. ...more
In all honesty I wasn't sure what I was going to get with The Reece Malcolm List. The cover makes it kind of look like a cute summer read... which it totally could be, but it could also be a snuggle on the couch under layers of blankets in the middle of winter kind of read, which is exactly what... ...more
The Reece Malcolm List is the debut novel of Amy Spalding, and is set in L.A. Devan Mitchell grew up with her father and step-mother in Missouri. Her father died three months ago and she’s been flown to L.A to move in with the mother she’s never met, Reece Malcolm, who lives in Burbank with her E... ...more
So, fair warning that I know the author and my name might be listed in the thank-yous for having read an early draft of this. But look, it's about teenagers, and love, and fitting in, and musical theater, and long-lost parents, so there was no way I wouldn't enjoy a book like that. That I would L... ...more
My Actual Rating: 4. 5stars
(This is what happens when I don't expect much from a book and it ends up not disappointing even a tiny bit of me at all.)
Oh man, this book is just.. I don't know, I can't really elaborate further but it sure had its moments. The Reece Malcolm List is heartwarming and... ...more
Devan's voice in this book is knock-out and one of the most authentic teen voices I've read in a long time. Readers who love theater, who love performance, and are looking for the kind of family story that will make your heart break and then swell will want to pick this one up.
Full review here:... ...more
What a great book. From the day I first discovered The Reece Malcolm list, I knew I had to read it. Come on, just look at the cover! Gorgeous. Then you have the intriguing synopsis. And, it's published by Entangled Teen, who happens to be one the most consistently awesome publishers.
Would I sound... ...more
Reasons I loved The Reece Malcolm List:
1. Devan! The heroine is smart and funny, but also a little lost and confused, and I loved watching her figure a few things out about herself and her life and others.
2. Reece Malcolm! Oh Reece, she is so mysterious and difficult and generous and cranky and a... ...more
Devan knows very little about her birth mother. At sixteen, she has never met her and her father never spoke of her. By chance, Devan reads a book by Reece Malcom and notices the dedication at the front to Devan. She pieces it together and determines that Reece is her mother. When Devan's father... ...more
I’ve been looking forward to reading The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding ever since first seeing the synopsis. A mother the protagonist has never met! Performing arts school! Cute boys! I am happy to say that this book more than lived up to all my high hopes.
So, when Devan’s dad dies she has t... ...more
Could you possibly understand love when you’ve never experienced it?
Devan has never felt loved in her life. Her dad is dead and she’s going to live with her biological mother. The problem? She has never met her mother. Reece Malcolm has never been in Devan’s life. The only thing that she did was... ...more
This one is really, really compelling. It separates into a bunch of disparate elements in my head, and yet the elements mesh well.
1. Devan's voice manages to be young and inexperienced and smart, which feels like a rare combination. I like the way she vacillates between confident and shy, the way... ...more
My Thoughts: This debut was so freaking cute! Seriously!
We are introduced to Devan whose father died and she was forced to move from the midwest to California. What a change! A drastic crazy change! She is moving in with her mother who she has never met. And on top of that, her mother is a famous... ...more
First of all, in complete truthiness, I do know the author and think Ms. Amy is a fabulous and wonderful person but that is NOT why she gets 5 stars for this wonderful novel!
Devan Mitchell's father died 3 months ago and now she is on her way from Misouri to Los Angeles to live with her mother, th... ...more
When Devan’s father dies, she’s shipped off to LA to live with her mother, novelist Reese Malcolm, whom she’s never met. Reese is prickly at best, kind of a bitch (albeit a likable one), and Devan is understandably consumed with wondering why her mother’s never once reached out to her. The ups an... ...more
This was refreshingly addictive with a great vibe.
Mostly, I loved Devan's voice in this. She was so fun to read. This contemporary YA has moving to a new school , getting to know (or not) an estranged mum, a huge musical element (I don't even like musicals-- well, I sometimes like the stories, I... ...more