Self-Torture Book Challenge

Sunday we had an open house, so from 1pm to 4pm we had to disappear so our agent could have free reign of the place. After doing a couple of required things (i.e., eating lunch and cleaning out the last of my drum stuff from my former practice space), we ended up at Target to buy some things for Maya and the house. We had about an hour to kill before we could head home, so we started to browse the, um, fine selection of books Target sells to their typical shopper. I was getting kind of punchy, so I started reading the first paragraph of books marketed to teen girls to Maya. I was using as much teenage inflection as I could (you know, just to, like, bug her?). She thought it was funny, and when J showed up, I jokingly said that I was going to buy one of these books and see if I could get through it. I said: ” C’mon honey, just challenge me. It’ll be fun! We can call it the “Self-Torture Book Challenge.” She wasn’t game, but Maya said “I’ll do it, if you do!”

And thus was born the challenge. As I was deciding which book to choose, there was a title that caught my attention (“Don’t You Forget About Me”) because of the Simple Minds song.  However, I passed on it in favor of this jewel:

Private is the story of 15 year old Reed Brennan — who is awarded a scholarship to a private high school (“Easton”) in Connecticut. As the back cover of the book reads:

“Reed realizes that even though she as been accepted to Easton. Easton has not accepted her. She feels like she’s on the outside, looking in.


…The Billings Girls have skeletons. And they’ll do anything to keep their secrets private.”

Wow. I’m really in for it now. I’m going to predict that I will not only finish this book, but become so hooked that I will rush back to Target and buy the other books in the series.

What have I done to myself?

So, if you’re up for it, give the “Self-Torture Book Challenge” a try. You just have to find a book that makes you cringe at the thought of reading what you consider crap. Oh, and make sure you have a listen to what this the obvious theme song to the book. The linky link is below. I’ll be writing up a review soon. And for those of you who are my Goodreads buddies (i.e, J, Jefito, and Eric Grubbs), hope you like seeing this title nestled in with the others in there. 🙂


Listen to Gina Rene & Gabriel Rene “Mean Gurl” HERE

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