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Book Review: Lifted by Wendy Toliver

Poppy Browne had never stolen anything in her life before moving to Pleasant Acres and meeting Mary Jane and Whitney. But when Poppy walks out of the mall with her two new friends and her first pair of stolen jeans, she’s hooked.

Before long, Poppy is lifting whenever she gets the urge–it’s never about the merchandise, it’s always about the thrill. But when her secret gets out, the girls in Poppy’s clique turn on one another. As she watches her life collapse around her, Poppy must decide where her loyalties lie … and how far she’ll go to protect herself.


Simon Pulse, June 8, 2010

Realistic fiction, ages 14 and up

310 pages


BLURBS: (more info can be found https://wendytoliver.com/lifted.htm)

“Smart, deftly written, and extremely well-observed, Wendy Toliver’s Lifted is so realistic and moving I felt like I was transported right inside Poppy’s world, watching as she struggled to navigate her way through a school where appearances are deceiving and no one is quite what they seem. A hard to put down, compelling read!” — Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times Best Selling author of The Immortals series

“Lifted is the story of an imperfect heroine seeking her place not only in school, but in life. Its exploration of the amount of truth behind social and religious stereotypes escalates into a double-dog dare to believe them. A haunting morality tale that will leave you questioning just what it means to be “good.” — Aprilynne Pike, author of the #1 New York Times Best-Selling novel Wings.

“Lifted by Wendy Toliver is an amazing, compelling read, filled with all the realness of being in high school, from humor to love to angst. I haven’t met a character so well developed as Poppy since reading Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. At times heartbreaking, at others uplifting, Lifted is a book that I absolutely loved.” — James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner and the13th Reality series

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS BOOK? I think my book will appeal most to teenage girls ages 14 and up who enjoy realistic fiction that sometimes deals with edgy, difficult topics but is, in essence, hopeful.


Born in Texas, raised in Colorado, and growing up (still) in Utah, Wendy Toliver has successfully eliminated “y’all” from her vocabulary. However, she still managed to marry a pickup man. They have three young sons and a menagerie of pets. This is her third novel. Her other books include The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren (Simon Pulse), Miss Match (Simon Pulse). For more information, please see https://www.wendytoliver.com


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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