on May 14, 2011 :
I absolutely LOVE this book! It is such a fun read and definitely lifts your mood if you're feeling down. Whenever I started reading this book, I became totally immersed in the storyline and to me that indicates a great book. I also recommend Sybil Nelson's others books, they are hilarious and the writing is superb!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 24, 2011 :
A clever collection of short stories of a "tormented" a word I use lightly middle girl in a family of boys and the crazy moments that make up her world as told in her own words. It would be a delight for any girl to read.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Aug. 18, 2010 :
Wonderful stories. I especially loved her 'most proudest moment' and 'boob boy'. Plus I loved her new word... 'pathetical'. This is a really fun read. Be sure to check it out. Priss has a new fan... gotta love that girl! (and her mischievous little brothers.)
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on July 25, 2010 :
This collection of short stories acts as an excellent introduction not only to the world of “Priscilla the Great” but also to the inimitable writing style of Sybil Nelson.
In this work “Twin Shorts” Sybil has fashioned a series of deftly hilarious sketches that take the form of school essays written by the aforementioned Priscilla, who is - rarely for Young Adult fiction - a believably frank and witty narrator.
Creating any child/teen narrative voice in fiction is a great challenge. The two traps into which writers usually fall in this regard are; either to write in an unrealistically wise and complex fashion; or, to write too simplistically, using too much slang and abbreviation.
In all her writing, Sybil walks the line between those two potential pitfalls quite brilliantly, creating authentic voices that young adult readers can engage with and enjoy.
I have no doubt that it is only a matter of time until the whole “Priscilla the Great” series is a considerably huge publishing success.
Furthermore, the story in “Twin Shorts” concerning an unfortunate boy named Billy is quite simply one of the wittiest things I have read in ages, regardless of the books target age.
(reviewed the day of purchase)