Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie

Sparks The Epic Completely True Blue Almost Holy Quest of Debbie Do you feel lost Confused Alone Circle one Yes or No The Church of Blue can help We are not a cult for a holy quest is a good deal Since sixth grade Debbie Woodlawn has nursed a secret heart seari

  • Title: Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie
  • Author: S.J. Adams
  • ISBN: 9780738730028
  • Page: 410
  • Format: ebook
  • Do you feel lost Confused Alone Circle one Yes or No The Church of Blue can help We are not a cult 5 for a holy quest is a good deal Since sixth grade, Debbie Woodlawn has nursed a secret, heart searing crush on her best friend, Lisa But all those years of pretending to enjoy Full House reruns and abstinence rallies with Lisa go down the drain when her friend hDo you feel lost Confused Alone Circle one Yes or No The Church of Blue can help We are not a cult 5 for a holy quest is a good deal.Since sixth grade, Debbie Woodlawn has nursed a secret, heart searing crush on her best friend, Lisa But all those years of pretending to enjoy Full House reruns and abstinence rallies with Lisa go down the drain when her friend hooks up with Norman, the most boring guy at school This earth shattering event makes Debbie decide to do the unthinkable confess her love to Lisa And she has to do it tonight before Lisa and Norman go past the point of no return So Debbie embarks on a quest to find Lisa Guiding the quest are fellow students detention hall crashers Emma and Tim, the founding and only members of the wacky Church of Blue Three chases, three declarations of love, two heartbreaks, a break in, and five dollars worth of gas later, Debbie has been fully initiated into Bluedaism but is there time left to stop Lisa and Norman from going too far

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    • Tarryn says:

      I've started conducting an unofficial survey of LGBTQ YA lit -- stories with lesbian protagonists, specifically -- in hopes of finding some novels that don't make being a gay chick seem like a horrible, traumatic ordeal. So many stories that deal with young girl-on-girl love are full of grim, punishing disasters of biblical proportions -- people lose their jobs, parents die in car crashes . . . its enough to make a young lesbian crawl right back into the closet!But S.J. Adams novel, Sparks, is a [...]

    • Jackson says:

      the VOYA review said there were too many "Full House" references, which obviously spoke highly of the book in my eyes (even though it didn't get a great review--maybe if it was a "Full House" fan who reviewed it that would have been different?)

    • Erin says:

      A promising premise ruined by infuriating writing, pacing and character construction. The main character states her real problem at the beginning of the book (that she's framed her whole life around her best friend/crush, Lisa) and yet spends the rest of the book doing the opposite of fix it. The whole "epic" journey to confess to Lisa dragged on. And then there's Lisa, herself. I have no idea what Debbie saw in her. She's barely in the book, but when she is she comes off as moronic, an opinion [...]

    • Brittany says:

      Debbie is in love with her best friend, Lisa. Lisa is really into church though and her new boyfriend. Lisa is so into her new boyfriend, that Debbie feels lost and alone. Enter Emma, Tim and the Church of Blue. Debbie isn't sure she really wants to try this new religion of Blue, but she does want someone to hang out with. Emma and Time seem to understand her and are ready and willing to help her take the leap and admit what her heart wants. But, with all the chaos of the actual quest to get the [...]

    • Kike Ogundipe says:

      I decided to read this book because I saw this book in a library and thought it was interesting, even though I don't normally read romance novels.This book is kind of a romance novel, comedy and adventure.I liked how the plot was very original compared to other romance novels I have read as most to me are quite boring and cliched. The fact that it had an interesting premise made more interesting to me. It was really funny and I read the book a second time and still found all the jokes hilarious. [...]

    • Nicki says:

      The only reason I gave this book two stars is because the author actually gave the book a decent ending. I thought for sure they were going to take the safe way out & make the main character get what she wants.This is a story about a girl who is secretly in love with her best friend. No one knows that she's gay so she can't really talk to anyone about how upset she gets when her best friend starts ditching her for her new boyfriend. The main character (whose name I have forgotten because the [...]

    • mg says:

      Let me make this clear : These are five REALLY BIG STARS. I'm not sure I could have loved this book any more. Thank you Stonewall Awards for introducing me to SJ Adams, who may be one of the funniest authors I've read in a long time! I had more moments than I could count where I laughed out loud in the book and had to read a section to whomever was closest. (Which meant that if I was reading alone, there were many times I greeted my partner with passages of the book instead of a formal "Hello.") [...]

    • Ann says:

      This book drove me a little crazy, in a good way. No cliches here; Debbie is one-of-a-kind, and her quest is surprising because it's (almost) completely true. Of course, lesbian teens have thought and felt these things for ages, but seeing it written down in a book for young readers is exciting. You can ride this one all the way. Debbie's final realization about the best friend she's been crushing on for years is sane, not sugar-coated or just plain depressing. The best review for this book is b [...]

    • A.M. says:

      I got halfway through this book and just couldn't go any further. It's a typical first-person perspective, self-absorbed YA novel with inane humor and dialogue. Maybe it's just my age

    • Angie says:

      I liked the concepts, but it wasn't very deep.

    • John says:

      One of the best contemporary stories I've read with humor. This is one of those books that's criminally under talked.

    • Laura Petto says:

      There need to be more books for LGBTQ teens. This is not a good one. Poorly written, one dimensional characters, unrealistic ending.

    • Ariel says:

      One of the least depressing/angst-filled YA lgbt novels I've read, which is honestly SUCH a relief. It was a fun read for me. I really enjoyed it, although the full house obsession was a bit much for me (because I've never watched it).

    • Emily Kassera says:

      I didn't like this book because it was prosaic or particularly complex. I enjoyed it for its honesty. The characters in this book talk like teens, think like teens, and act like teens. They say 'like' far too many times, swear for the risky hell of it, and turn simple events into melodramatic episodes. All of that is a part of this novel's charm. It's a quick read to pass along to a teen who's looking for exactly that. Zaniness mixed with just enough truth.

    • Laura Martinelli says:

      There are some books that I finish that I really like and then eventually pass along to my various friends. Then there are others that I have to stop halfway through, call one of my friends and go, “Okay, if this doesn’t suddenly start sucking, OH MY GOD YOU HAVE TO READ THIS.” So when I get the book about the atheist closeted lesbian in love with her incredibly religious best friend, who both living in a fairly Christian town, my first thought was, “Oh, I’m so giving this to my best f [...]

    • Wandering Librarians says:

      Debbie has been in love her with best friend Lisa for ages, but has never told for fear of losing her. Now, Lisa seems to be considering going all the way with her new boyfriend. Debbie knows she doesn't have much of a chance, but she HAS to let Lisa knows how she feels. And so Debbie finds herself on a crazy adventure with new friends and devote Blueists, Emma and Tim, to track down Lisa before the night is over so Debbie can declare herself.I totally loved this. It was sweet, but with a tiny b [...]

    • Nicole Brown says:

      Go on a "holy" quest with Debbie, Emma, and Tim on a night none of them will forgetcolewbrown/2016My dad’s a regular guy, and my mom’s a total kook, so I guess I had a fifty percent chance of coming out normal. Leave it to me to screw it up.-S.J. Adams (Sparks p. 1)The goth kids always looked about as depressed as I felt, so that was a possibility, but I didn’t think they’d let me hang out with them. It’s hard to get in with the goth crowd if you weren’t, like, born a goth. If I trie [...]

    • Shelley says:

      I wanted to like this more than I did. I mostly didn't like how it dealt with fatness. I also didn't really feel connected to any of the characters, maybe because the whole book takes place over the course of one afternoon that's just one event after another. And there weren't really flashbacks, just lots of references to Debbie and Lisa watching "Full House." The main character, Debbie, is pretty much completely unaware of pop culture aside from "Full House," because she's been in love with her [...]

    • RandomScholar says:

      At first I liked the idea of a few outcasts starting their own religion. I even thought it was cool that they took influence from Buddhism, until I noticed how cold and one-dimensional some of the characters were, like Lisa. Now don't get me wrong, I understand that Lisa was supposed to be the hopeless straight girl crush that every lesbian teen has at least once in her life, but I thought her character was extremely cold and heartless. As a lesbian, I have had my fair share of straight girl cru [...]

    • Hannah says:

      Since I hadn't heard anything about Sparks before picking it up, and the whole Bluedaism and Quest and all of that sounded really weird and out-there, so my expectations for Sparks were not exactly high. Luckily, those low expectations made it even better when I ended up loving the book! The randomness of the plot that threw me off at first ended up being refreshing and entertaining - I'm so glad I gave this book a chance!The characters are what make this story so good. Debbie is an endearing ch [...]

    • Emily Elizabeth says:

      I must admit that I was probably predisposed to like this book as much as I did, seeing as I was in Debbie Woodlawn's exact position throughout much of high school: I was in love with my best (and virtually only) friend, who was unquestionably straight and who had slowly begun to drift away upon getting together with her first steady boyfriend. It hurt, but I eventually had to face the facts that I would not only never be in a romantic relationship with my friend, but I was probably going to los [...]

    • Lauren says:

      What I liked: Okay, so this is a "coming out" book but it is SOOO much more than Annie on My Mind! Debbie is a wonderful main character who, at the beginning of the book, feels like the "Kimmy Gibbler" of her own life and is desperately, hopelessly, all-the-way in love with her best friend Lisa, who is seriously dating the most boring boy in the world, Norman. There is just amazingly superb character development as Debbie rejects her old life of hiding in Lisa's shadow (as well as pretending to [...]

    • Amber says:

      Bob Nebraska! I would give this book 800 stars if I could!This book has so much going for it. The humor is amazing and the heartache is believable. The take away when you close the book is "Wow! That was the best trip I've been on in a long while!"Debbie is in love with her best friend which happens to be a girl and the realization that her best friend is about to go all the way with a loser boy hits her in the gut, hard. SO hard that she looses it at school, hiding in the bathroom for the remai [...]

    • Librarymouse says:

      I liked this book a lot more than I was expecting to. I'd thought it was going to be about a whiny teenage protagonist who, well, whines and instead I got Debbie, who starts out a little useless and then ends up kicking ass, taking charge, and learning to live her own life - all without any preachiness, heavy-handed moral lessons, or smarmy nonsense about 'being true to yourself' or whatever it is that the kids say these days.This was a very fun read. The plot starts fairly simple - Debbie has a [...]

    • Lisa says:

      Overall, I liked this book. I enjoyed that the story took place over the course of one day. The focus of the novel is that Debbie has romantic feelings for her best friend Lisa, and it was refreshing that all reactions to this confession were either positive or of the who-cares variety. Debbie is also obsessed with the television show Full House and (while that show does not even crack my Top 50 personal favorites) I appreciated her level of fan enthusiasm: making lists, referencing episodes in [...]

    • Jesse says:

      Debbie has harbored a secret crush on her best girl friend, Lisa, since sixth grade. Tonight, with the help of her new friends (and members of the made-up Church of Blue) Emma and Tim, she is going to profess her feelings to her. Along the way the three Bluists complete tasks they've challenged themselves to while following the Commandments of Blue, such as taking all detours they encounter and always putting matters of the heart first.The themes of this story are important ones: being true to y [...]

    • Emma Young says:

      S P O I L E R S!!!!!This was so gay and wonderful. I like the way the Church of Blue looks at the world. Bludaism has also inspired me to make up my own religion. I don't necessarily have a name for it but its everything I'd want in a religion. Debbie, I relate to her a lot. She spent a lot of her time pretending to be something she wasn't for the approval of Lisa, her crush. She also hid how she really felt about Lisa and kept her true sexuality a secret. I did the same thing. Except not for a [...]

    • Jenna says:

      I really, really liked this book. It was entertaining and odd-ball and Debbie was hilarious. Back to nano-ing, but will expand on this later. Loved the writing, pacing, plot, characters (although Heather seemed a bit 2-D). Wanted it to almost be longer, not for the ending but for the quest itself.Quotes!The whole idea of, like, declaring myself to Lisa, or whatever you call it, scared the heck out of me, but the only other option if I wanted to be with her was to murder Norman Hastings, then be [...]

    • Sarah Kathleen says:

      Debbie's been in love with her best friend Lisa for years, but now she has to tell her--before Lisa's boyfriend spills the beans and ruins her life. The only trouble is, well, everything. Before the night is over, Debbie will find herself in a janitor's garage, a cemetery, a new-age store full of middle-aged hippies, and a bowling alley. Fortunately, she's traveling alongside two new friends whose homemade religion is starting to make perfect sense.This book definitely had a smaller "scope" than [...]

    • April says:

      This was cute. Debbie has a serious crush on her best friend Lisa. After 5 years of crushing and watching Full House episodes and attending Christian meetings with Lisa in the hopes that something would develop; Debbie decides to become "reborn" into the pretend religion of "Blueism" offered up by classmates Emma and Tim. She plans to declare herself and her intentions, but is running out of time because Lisa has a date with Nathan tonight and has declared that she thinks he is "the one".Rather [...]

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