1. You made me laugh this morning! Wouldn’t it be great to read by osmosis? Put a book under your pillow at night and wake up and remember the whole thing! Awesome!

    I would love to enter to win a copy of this book. I was starting my first year of college when I was 17 and living across the country from my family. Most of my decisions were good: going to classes, studying hard, making friends.
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Today’s Listen: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See =-.

  2. At seventeen, I was focused on…actually I don’t really want to tell you. But then when I was also still seventeen, I got back together with my ex-boyfriend and stopped doing most of that stuff, and that was all for the good because after college I married him. F’real.

  3. Rebecca Cox

    Oh my, the decisions I made at 17 were REALLY stupid, I thought I knew everything, but I knew in my heart I was doing everything wrong. I just wanted anything that was different from what my life really was. That’s why I made sure my son’s life was great when he was 17 and there was nothing for him to run away from.

  4. Actually, shortly after my 17th birthday, I became pregnant with my now almost 16 year old daughter. One of many bad choices I was making at the time. Though with a lot of help with my mom and a few close friends things have worked out well.

    Now, could you teach me that reading my osmosis trick of yours? =)
    .-= KyleeJ´s last blog ..Review of: The Greatest Knight =-.

  5. Jenn

    I entered college when I was 17. I was so focused on getting straight A’s that I missed out on a lot my freshman year of college. I eventually learned how to balance life better, but it definitely took some time.

    This book looks really interesting and I would love to win a copy!

  6. Ooooh–I’ve had my eye on this book! As for the quality of choices I made at seventeen . . . they were awful. All I cared about was hanging out with my friends and my boyfriend who was, of course, the love of my life. But you live and you learn!
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..BTT: Recent Good =-.

  7. Madeleine

    Oh! I want this book, but I can’t tell you what I did at seventeen! (I’m not there yet!) Lol! That’s predicament you probably didn’t see coming! Aw, well. I’ll buy it! Thanks for the thoughtful, intense review. I’ll be looking forward to reading this!

    Before I go, I can tell you what I hope to be doing at seventeen: Writing a book, developing my individual worth. I hope to have my mind set on the future, and enjoying the present–enjoying the last few moments I have to spend with my family. Let us hope I meet my goal! Everything good in life comes from hard-core determination and faith in ourselves.
    .-= Madeleine´s last blog ..Reading Meme =-.

    • Hi Madeleine!

      It’s very true that I din’t think about, I just based it on the character’s age, but great save on the question.

      Send me your address because you have won a copy of the day The day The Falls Stood Still! Congrats.

  8. Pam R.

    At 17, I thought all my decisions were well-thought out, good quality, smart decisions. Looking back, I can promise that they weren’t always as clever as I thought. I never made any truly stupid decisions and graduated high school with honours and without a criminal record, an addiction, a baby or anything else rather negative. I know now, however, that I would have done much better in school had I studied more and spent less time going out with friends. Had I learned to save the money I’d made then in my job, I’d probably be better off financially now, with a lower student loan, etc.

  9. Your reviews are so good I always sigh after I read one. You’ve made this book sound marvelous. I want to start the book right now, but a friend of mine has it. She better bring it back soon or I’ll call her a former friend. I’m glad I have the book because I do not want to tell you what I was doing at 17!
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..BBAW: Under the influence of blogs =-.

  10. It’s great to have a chance to win this book after talking with you on Twitter about it today! Do you really want to know about the quality of choices I was making at seventeen? Let’s just say for such a smart girl, I had far too little self-confidence when it came to relationships, and the end result was a relationship that shouldn’t have lasted for as long as it did. On the other hand, I have two beautiful children as a result of it, so who knows what’s good or bad! :)
    .-= Belle´s last blog ..BBAW: Because She Introduced Me To Ceepak =-.

  11. Lisa

    When I was seventeen we used to drive down the street throwing Long John Silver’s hushpuppies into other people’s cars. And we thought we were very mature!

  12. Nancye Davis

    I was a senior in high school when I was 17. I had already decided to go to college at the university in the city where I had lived my whole life. I would continue living at home and working part time. I didn’t have many decisions to make.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  13. Barbara S.

    This is one book that intrigues me. I would love to read it.
    At 17 I was in college and make the mistake that I could get by without studying. The first and second quarters didn’t go very well until I woke up and changed by habits. I almost lost out on an education because of my ignorance.

    Thanks for this opportunity.

  14. Susan

    At seventeen I was only interested in being with my friends and tended to put school on the backburner. If I could go back and change that I definately would.

  15. mariag

    Oh I would love to read this book.
    At seventeen I pretty well did what was expected of me and a lot of my decisions were based on what my parents would have wanted me to do. Looking back I wish I had spread my wings a little and forced myself to look beyond the neat and tidy world I lived in.

  16. sherry nickerson

    when i was 17 i was hanging with friends and having fun!! but being good of course

    wadesherry@hotmail dot com

  17. Don’t enter me in your giveaway, please! I just wanted to say that I’m reading this book now and I’m happy to see you read it. I love the one word you used to describe the story, the word is quite perfect. Where can a purchase a copy of your dictionary?! I’m going to return when I’m finished and tread your review as well as many of the others you listed!
    ~ Amy
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Happy Saturday! =-.

  18. Mark Flynn

    At 17, my focus was on a girl named Valerie :-). I was also thinking about being an accountant but now I work for a software company so that shows you :-)

  19. Piroska

    At 17…I left home…met and then married my husband (it’s been 31 years!)
    So I may have been naive…and young…but my instincts were spot on!!
    Thanks for entering me in your contest.
    piroska at tbaytel dot net

  20. Wow, I definitely want to read this book. Thanks so much for the review and giveaway!

    I don’t think I made the best choices at 17, to be honest. While I don’t really have regrets because I love my life now and adore the way it turned out, I think I would make different choices if I had the maturity I have now.
    .-= S. Krishna´s last blog ..CHALLENGE: Clear Off Your Shelves 2009 =-.

  21. This book went on my wish list the first I heard about it. It really does sound good. And, for the record, intricatelywovenandmultifaceted is a word. I looked it up in my dictionary. I know it’s too late to enter the giveaway, but I’ve been thinking of how I might answer your question. I really was a pretty good kid back then, focused on my education and doing what I could to get out of my parents’ house, which wasn’t the best place to be. I wish I had been more confident back then, but I have no regrets about the choices I made.
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..TGIF: Music, Wish Lists & Tears =-.

  22. Excellent review, you have made me want to read this book! I shall be looking on Amazon in a minute to get a copy!

  23. I’m not joining in for the giveaway because I recently finished the book and am writing my review. I just wanted to say that your review is great! In addition, this is a wonderful book so well written and so enjoyable, it’s a story to read slowly, savor and get to know and understand the characters!

    Good luck to all the contestants!
    Thank you for a wonderful review!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Thoughts and an Award! =-.

  24. Thanks again, Nicole, for your wonderful review of my book. I loved reading all these comments.

    At 17 I had my first real boyfriend. He was a good guy so I suppose I made a good decision on that front. At 18, though, I had a bad boy boyfriend so it seems my 17-year-old wisdom was shortlived.

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