Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

The Reece Malcolm List
By: Amy Spalding
Released: February 5, 2013
Source: E-book from Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"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?"
(Summary from

The Reece Malcolm List was an enjoyable story about growing up. Devan has just lost her father and is moving in with her mother, who she's never met. She loves to perform in show choir though and is given the opportunity to attend a performing arts school.

Devan really developed over the course of the story and just really grows up. She has a lot thrown at her early in the story too. Devan's mother, Reece, was an interesting character. She is far from being perfect. The reader knows just as much as Devan knows about her too, so you get to learn more about Reece alongside Devan. It's definitely an awkward situation for Devan and Reece too because they just really don't know anything about each other.

The plot held my attention from beginning to end. There is a lot of drama but there were still a couple of fun moments too. It did get a bit predictable towards the end too, but it was still enjoyable to read. I loved that each chapter began with more of the list that Devan was making about things she learns about her mother. It showed just how much the story was developing. I also liked that this book wasn't just about Devan getting to know her mother, but more about Devan growing up and learning from her experiences. She's at a new school and making some new and interesting friends too. 

I have to add that I loved the setting in Los Angeles. I'm a sucker for books set in LA and Spalding definitely made me feel like I was there at times. Overall I really enjoyed The Reece Malcolm List. It was a story about growing up.      

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  1. I've been thinking about reading this one. Glad that you enjoyed it!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

  2. I really enjoyed this one. It was so refreshing to see a mom who wasn't perfect, but who was trying to have an actual, positive relationship with her daughter.

  3. I really loved this! So glad to hear you did as well. I agree, the LA setting made me want to get in my car and drive down there. :-) I'm so excited to read what Amy writes next. Great review!

  4. This one is on my list to read, but it keeps getting passed over for others. I'm glad to hear so many positive things about, so I may have to scoot it back on up the list! Thanks for the review!

    Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books

  5. OH! great review - I keep skipping over this book on my Kindle, but I guess I'll have to read it soon. (:

  6. Congrats! Great review! I really wanted to read - and love - the book and from what I read in your review, I think it'd really be up my alley!


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