Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Book 1 in the Self-Help 101 series

Dani is a seventeen-year-old girl trying to write a self-help book about how to take over the world. She also has to navigate a tension-filled family Christmas with multiple relatives staying in the same house, and an evolving relationship with her best friend Seth. It won't be easy, but she may learn a thing or two and get a book out of it after all. More
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About L.G. Keltner

L.G. Keltner spends most of her time trying to write while also cleaning up after her crazy but wonderful kids and hanging out with her husband. Her favorite genre of all time is science fiction, and she’s been trying to write novels since the age of six. Needless to say, those earliest attempts weren’t all that good.

Her non-writing hobbies include astronomy and playing Trivial Pursuit.

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About the Series: Self-Help 101
Dani Finklemeier is a snarky teenager who wants to write books and make lots of money. She also has to deal with falling in love with her best friend Seth and crazy holiday gatherings with family members and friends.

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C.D. Gallant-King reviewed on July 15, 2016

Yeah sure, I read a Christmas story in the middle of the summer, but I regret nothing. Self-Help 101 was a lot of fun, a solid, heart-warming tale of family strife and teenage moodiness that works all year round.

I really liked the premise of the main character writing a book inside the book, and her little nuggets of advice for “taking over the world” fit in well with the story. It was a neat concept that added to the tone and didn't feel awkward.

The characters were well rounded and believable, and I especially enjoyed the older relatives - who easily could have devolved into caricatures - were actually the smartest and most sensible of the cast.

So yeah, all and all a great little book and I would recommend it as a fine way to pass a few hours (admittedly probably moreso around the holidays). I look forward to Ms Keltner’s next one!
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L.X. Cain reviewed on Jan. 9, 2016

Anyone whose house has been a bit too full for Christmas and whose relatives and siblings don’t always get along will completely understand Dani’s situation as the holidays—and the relatives—descend on her home.

After deciding to write a self help book to break into the big leagues, Dani’s left with one problem—what to write about. Family feuds, a peeping cousin, and juggling sleeping arrangements become fodder for her imagination and she transforms her frustration into a manifesto for taking over the world, or in this case, just surviving the holidays with her family and getting her boy “friend” to be a boyfriend. Nothing’s too hard for smart, resourceful Dani to tackle! You’ll get a good laugh out of the family squabbles, kitchen klatsches, and advice to wanna-be emperors! Highly recommended!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

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