BOOK REVIEW: The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

Title: The Reece Malcolm List
Author: Amy Spalding
Published: expected release date Feb 5th, 2013
Source: eARC from publisher

From Goodreads:
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 for show choir and musicals, 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?

Mrs. Beamer's Review:
I really enjoyed this book!  I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that the Goodreads blurb didn't do anything to grab my attention...but I kept the book on my radar because the reviews repeatedly called the book "funny"  And yes...I've been craving a bit of humor in my books :)  

This book has it all...romance, teen angst, and yes...humor.  The writing is witty, snarky, clever and unique.  I love when a book causes me to laugh out loud simply because the dialog is SO SPOT ON!  Amy Spalding...I can't WAIT to read more from you!!!

The high school setting in this book centers around a musical group of kids (choir, show choir, musicals, etc)  I enjoyed picturing the school and thought it was a perfect setting for this book.  The characters were incredible.  Entertaining and interesting.  I really felt connected to all of them...felt like I knew them well.  I wanted to eat lunch with Devan and her friends.  I wanted to be invited to Reece's house.  A book really succeeds for me when I'm SO SAD to have it end :)  I want more!!!  Pretty please Ms. Spalding!?!?!?  :)  

I highly recommend this to all my high school students...and to anyone looking for a fun and engaging read.  Spalding really delivers in her debut novel...loved it!

My Favorite Quotes (from this book): 
"His thigh is pressed right against mine, which feels a little R-rated.  I mean, in my head at least."

"I hope it's not a bad sign that he keeps calling me man."

"Reece is Reece, which never really describes someone likeable."

"It isn't fair that you can never go back to not seeing something."

Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 0
Violence: 0
Sexual Content: 1
Drugs/Alcohol: .5
Potential Controversial Topics: none
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: middle school


  1. It's great that you enjoyed The Reece Malcolm List, I'm looking forward to reading the book myself. I love high school books, they are a lot of fun. =D

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

  2. It was a pleasant surprise...very fun read :) Thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy Reading!