Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Blog Tour: Della Says OMG! by Keris Stainton Review + Guest Blog

Publisher: Orchard
Format: Paperback
Released: May 6th, 2010
Grade rating: B

Amazon summary:

Della’s over the moon when she kisses her long-standing crush at a party – but then she discovers her diary has disappeared... When scans of embarrassing pages are sent to her mobile and appear on Facebook, Della’s distraught – how can she enjoy her first proper romance when someone, somewhere, knows all her deepest, darkest secrets?


Della Says: OMG! is the debut novel from author Keris Stainton, and is a great addition to UK teen fiction. It focuses on Della, a likeable, realistic teenager whose personal diary is stolen from right under her nose. When excerpts from said diary start showing up on Facebook and other public places, she does what everyone in that situation would do: panics.

I enjoyed Della Says: OMG!, and I particularly liked the budding romance between Della and Dan. First relationships can be a scary thing, with so much to worry about, and so much that can go wrong. Stainton shows every side to teen life, and has perfectly captured the mindset of a teenage girl. Readers will realise they're not along when it comes to boyfriend anxiety, and that can only be a blessing in disguise.

I would have liked the book to be a little longer, and for there to be more emphasis on the missing diary. I felt like that plot got slightly overlooked, and I would have loved to see more embarrassing excerpts. I also thought Della figured out who the thief was too easily, though I understand why it played out that way.

Overall, Della Says: OMG! is a fun, light read with some serious stuff thrown in for good measure. Growing up is a hard time in anyone's life, and what makes this book so good is the realisation that Stainton still remembers what those rollercoaster teen years are like. I'm really looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next, and I think she's definitely a writer to watch!


Keris Stainton's Top 5 Teen Heartthrobs

1. Alex P Keaton

Michael J Fox was one of my first loves. I fell much more in love with him in the film, Back to the Future (which I saw at the cinema twelve times), but I discovered him in TV show Family Ties. Alex was a dork (and a Republican so he really wouldn't appeal to me in real life, but I didn't know that when I was about 13) and I thought he was madly cute.

2. Brandon Walsh

I was obsessed with Beverly Hills 90210. Ob. Sessed. I could never quite choose between Brandon (played by Jason Priestly) and Dylan (Luke Perry). Brandon was friendly and funny, smart and conscientious. Dylan was dangerous and sexy. I wish I liked Dylan best, but I have to accept that Brandon is much more my type. Pah.

3. Seth Cohen

Well now it starts to get a bit embarrassing. I was a teen when I was in love with Alex Keaton and in my early 20s when I fell for Brandon Walsh, but I loved Seth Cohen from the very first episode of The O.C. when he was probably about 16 and I was 32. But he's so sweet! And funny! (Really funny.) He's a dork, of course, but in an oddly cool way.

4. George Michael Bluth

One of the reasons I was keen to watch Arrested Development was for Jason Bateman, who plays the lead character Michael Bluth, and who I loved back in the 80s (he took over from Michael J Fox in the Teen Wolf franchise, fact fans), but before long I was falling for his son, George Michael Bluth. This is even worse news than the Seth Cohen crush because George Michael is younger and I am older. But I can't help it. I love him. (I'm sure you know by now that he's sweet and a dork, right?)

5. Dan Humphrey

I resisted Gossip Girl for so long and then, when I finally gave in and watched it, fell in love with Dan Humphrey in moments. "Oh my god! Why didn't you tell me about Dan?!" I asked my friends. (On Twitter.) "Dan? Really?" they replied. He's a dork. He's funny. He's foxy. What's not to love? Seriously. (Goodness, I didn't realise quite how much of a "type" I have until I made this list.)

Thanks Keris! Check out the rest of the blog tour here.


Jesse Owen said...

I'm really looking forward to reading Della Says, it's next on my list and sounds really great - nice review :)

Luisa Plaja said...

Great review of a great book!
Interesting heart-throbs too. I was Team Dylan. ;)

kate.o.d said...

Daaaaaan! That's how we say his name...a very nasal and whining Daaaaaaan...he is Judgy MdJudgerson. Give me Chuck Bass any day. (Tho Dan gets the most hilarious quips and sometimes I love him too)

Rhiana said...

I LOVED 90210, but I liked both Brandon and Luke *swoons* (I've always been indecisive/greedy) I had completely forgotten about Teen wolf until I read this!

Clover said...

Teen Wolf! There's a blast from the past! I love your list. The only overlap between your list and mine is Seth Cohen :) I find Dan to be annoying.

asamum said...

Ha Keris you can tell you are my age by your choice of heart-throbs. You like them a bit preppy, for me I was team Dylan as well Luisa, gotta go for the bad boy :0)
Awesome post, I am still giggling

Keris Stainton said...

Thanks for the lovely review and for hosting me, Jenny.

Kate, I secretly fancy Chuck too, but I feel bad about it. And, yes, Dan is Judgy McJudgerson, but did you see my list? Brandon Walsh? Alex P Keaton? You really think that would put me off?! ;)

SusanKMann said...

Great book review, I can't wait to get this on my tbr pile. Teen wolf was the best film growning up. I was team Dylan too. And Chuck not dan ;) x

YA Vampire Books said...

Sounds like an adorable and fun book!

Lol, I love Seth Cohen, he's hilarious!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great reivew! I love Dan, too. I've never come across the others, though.

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

I keep seeing Della Says OMG! and wondered if I should get it. I may have to now. :)

heather Ozee said...

I'm thinking I might get it.

Carla said...

Oh my god, this made me giggle so hard!! The books sounds ace too which is bloomin marvellous. That list is just hysterical and may I say, Dan Really? I'm much more of a Chuck girl. My list would probably read like a who's who of bad boys aka jailbait. Bwah! Loves it

Keris Stainton said...

Thanks, everyone. Lots of love for the bad boys. I might have to find *some* that I've loved and blog about them too. But I do love the dorks.

Hi Lindsay! You really should... ;)

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

Love the teen hearthrob picks! For Gossip Girl though, Nate is my man. He's sooooo dreamy! Dylan was my guy in 90210!

Rebecca said...

I'm exactly the same age as you, Keris, yet not one of them would have been on my list. Very interesting. At least we wouldn't have fallen out over boys back in the day... x

blog said...

I love the dorks too. These would probably all be on my top 10 teen idols list.

I do like one bad boy though — Jordan Catalano. *wistful sigh*

diane said...

Ps: that was me, not "blog", as I seem to have been renamed!