You're Invited (MMGM)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hi, everyone and welcome to MMGM! For some reason, my fingers keep messing up MMGM so it ends up as MMMGM or MGMMM or something like that. Just a heads up on my weird typing predicament. Anyway, this week I'm reviewing You're Invited by Jen Malone and Gail Nall. (I interviewed Gall during my review of Breaking the Ice! If you missed it, click HERE to read it. It was one of my earlier reviews, so please excuse the reasoning, haha) Back to my review. Look at the pretty cover! 

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Series: RSVP (Book 1) 
  • Page Count: 307
  • Publisher: Aladdin (May 19, 2015)
Source and Format: Hardcover, from my lovely local library 

"Four best friends start a party-planning business in this fresh, funny tween novel from the authors of At Your Service and Breaking the Ice.

Twelve-year-old Sadie loves helping her mom with her wedding planning business, and with Sadie’s mad organizational skills, she’s a natural! That’s why it’s so devastating when her mother “fires” her after a Little Mermaid–themed wedding goes awry.

Enter Sadie’s best friends: sporty Vi, ace student Lauren, and boy-crazy Becca. The girls decide that in order to get Sadie’s mom to reconsider, they have to make her see how amazing Sadie is at party planning. Except no one’s gonna hire a twelve-year-old to plan a wedding. A birthday party, though? Definite possibility.

Before long, RSVP—your one-stop shop for the most creative parties in town—is born. Of course, Sadie can’t wait to prove herself to her mom, but the other girls also have their reasons for enlisting: Vi has her eye on the perfect gift for her hardworking dad, and Becca’s all aflush at the thought of connecting with Ryan, the new Irish cutie in town. And though Lauren thinks she’s too busy with summer studies to “officially” join, she’s willing to help out in any way she can.

But in this particular party-planning business, nothing goes according to plan! Sadie’s mom is a perpetual no-show, Vi’s archrival is dead set on ruining her summer, Becca can’t seem to get Ryan to glance in her direction, and Lauren keeps choosing studying over her friends. Is the girls’ friendship strong enough to survive a business? Or does RSVP spell the end of these BFFs?" 

Whew, that is a long summary! But I'll break it down for you. You're Invited is focused on the friendship of four girls, Sadie, Lauren, (Reb)Becca, and Vi(olet) and their party planning business, RSVP. Sadie originally worked for her mom (who is a wedding planner) but then she gets fired--seriously, her mom fires her--after an on the sea wedding goes wrong. Sadie goes on a mission to prove to her mom that she (her mom) needs her (Sadie). So with the help of her friends, RSVP turns from being just an idea to an actual business. 

There are SO many good characters in this book and they all have their own personalities and strengths. They're all meant for a specific job in the party planning business, which is what makes them compatible. You know, teamwork and all that. 

The main message of this book is that as long as you know what you're doing, how you want to do it, and a group people to help you with it, YOU CAN DO IT. I love the idea of a party planning business run by kids my age (I definitely would've never pulled THAT off...) because that shows that age is just a number. (Even adults were hiring them!) 

One of my favorite things about this book are the 4 points of view. I love multiple points of view (when they're not confusing, of course) because you get to see different sides to a story. In this book, not only do you get to see the different sides, but you also get to learn more about each girl: their lives, their interests, and things like that. You can tell that the authors put a lot of thought into that because it's not easy imagining several points of views for completely different girls. The story shows their struggles and the challenges they face, which makes it more realistic.

I really liked this one and am looking forward to the second book.

I give You're Invited...

4 STARS!!! 

(Technically speaking, it's supposed to be AuthorS)

Jen Malone writes sweet and funny books about tweens and teens for readers of all ages. Her middle grade titles include At Your Service, the You're Invited series (co-written with Gail Nall), and the upcoming The Sleepover, all with Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. Her Young Adult titles (with HarperCollins/HarperTeen) include Map to the Stars and the forthcoming Wanderlost. Jen's a former Hollywood movie executive who once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star's tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. You can learn more about her and her titles at

Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her family and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is the author of the middle grade novel, BREAKING THE ICE (Aladdin/S&S, 2015) and the co-author of YOU'RE INVITED (Aladdin/S&S, 2015). She is also the author of the young adult novel, EXIT STAGE LEFT (Epic Reads Impulse/HarperCollins, 2015). You can find her online at and on Twitter as @gailecn.


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  1. Excellent book review Cindy. Sounds like a fun read with a great plot for teens.

  2. I have this on my TBR list. I'm so happy that it's a good book!!!

    1. Awesome! I hope you get the chance to read it!

  3. Wonderful review. I love Jen Malone's books. I haven't read this one yet, but now I will put it on my list. Thanks.

    1. Great! I hope you like it just as much as I did! :-)

  4. Sounds awesome! I'll try to find it at the library! :)

  5. Sounds awesome! I'll try to find it at the library! :)

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