What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook


There is no greater sin than kissing your best friend's boyfriend. So when Emma breaks that golden rule, she knows she's messed up big time. Especially since she lives in the smallest town ever, where everyone knows everything about everybody else...and especially since she maybe kinda wants to do it again. Now her best friend is speaking to her, her best guy friend is making things totally weird, and Emma is running full speed toward certain social disaster. This is so not the way senior year was supposed to go.

Time to pray for a minor miracle. Or maybe, just maybe, it's time for Emma to stop trying to please everyone around her, and figure out what she wants for herself. ( from back of book)


Eileen Cook has certainly created a great novel. I loved Emma's witty, sarcastic, and teen angst ridden character. She is someone that all girls can relate to in the way she just wants to break out of her small town, has boy trouble, and friend issues. The main two main problems in this book is how Emma kissed her best friend's boyfriend right before Christmas and how suddenly all the popular girls are suddenly dropping like flies because someone is slipping them something. I enjoyed seeing how the first was dealt with. In the start of the book, I thought that Emma would somehow end up with the her best friends boyfriend, but as the book progressed my theory kind of went out the window. The latter problem was interesting too in the way how Eileen revealed in the first couple of chapters who was behind it, but still kept you guessing at how they did it.

One of my favorite parts of What Would Emma Do? was in the beginning of each chapter there would be a paragraph or two where Emma would be talking to God about what was happening to her. They provided for several laugh out loud moments. Also, I enjoyed the lists that Emma would have about different subjects.

Overall, I really enjoyed What Would Emma Do?. Though, I never thought I wouldn't because even Meg Cabot featured this on her holiday wishlist. I certainly hope there is going to be another book with Emma sometime soon, because the ending leaves you wondering about several things.

Grade: A+


  1. Everytime I hear about this book I want to read it more and more!!!

  2. I'm in the middle of reading this book now- less than 100 pages to go!! :) I'm so excited to finish it.

  3. I almost bought this on my last trip to Border's but I didn't. I'm going to next time though! Great review! :)

  4. Sounds like a great book!
    Beth Fehlbaum, author
    Courage in Patience, a story of hope
    Ch. 1 is online!

  5. This sounds like a fun book. I like the cover.


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