The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein
by Libby Schmais
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December, 2009
List Price: $16.99
Review: The Pillow of Lotus Lowenstein, by Libby Shmais is such a cute book. Lotus Lowenstein has a dream of moving to Paris one day, and is determined to do anything to get to go there. When she ‘does’ move to Paris she wants to become an existentialist. But right now, her life is anything from her dream of living in Paris; she lives in Brooklyn, with an out of work dad, and a mother who thinks she is IT. Lotuses friend Joni also loves the French culture. So she decided to start the High Schools first French Club in hope of others seeking the greatness of the French culture. At the first meeting, they meet a cute boy named Sean, who also loves the French Culture. Sean worships Jean-Paul Sartre. Sean is the cutest boy according to Lotus, and is determined to get him together with Joni! Finally, there is Ms. G, and she is one of the schools teachers, who helps create the French club. If it weren’t for her, the French Club wouldn’t have gotten anywhere! The first French club meeting is when Joni and Lotus met Sean. Lotus believes Sean is the best thing that has ever happened to her. He is intelligent, cute, and very cultured. But little did Lotus know, Joni feels the same way about the new kid Sean. Sean, being the way he is, sees nothing wrong with accepting both Joni, and Lotuses affection. But something happens when Ms. G takes the French Club on their first field trip. Will Sean choose Lotus over Joni, or will he choose Joni over Lotus? Will Joni, and Lotuses friendship ever be back to the way it was?
I loved this book because it was so adorable, and I always had a smile on my face. This is because of Lotuses strong eye for fashion, and if he didn’t like the way someone dressed, she told them she didn’t like the way they dressed! I also liked how Libby Shamis included Lotuses diary entries, and work assignments, it really helped the reader understand Lotuses character a lot! One good example is the diary entry she wrote Things I Cannot Stand, and some of the things she cannot stand are; t-shirts with ridiculous sayings, Sudoku, people who listen to your phone calls then comment on them, and people who do not take your advice. The Pillow Book included drama, boys, and adventures, which are all three things I enjoy, and want to keep reading about. I would highly recommend The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein if you are someone who loves, cute and entreating books. Also I believe many younger girls my age (eleven), and even some girls in high school would love this book. I can promise everyone who is looking for a cute book to read, will fall in love with The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein, by Libby Shmais.
Review written by Briana (6th grade student).
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