Stepmother Shower

April 30, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Posted in Book Blather, Young Adult Fiction | 2 Comments

I have an acquaintance who is having her fifth baby shower.  Once upon a time, showers were for the first baby, with the assumption that the baby things would be passed down.  Now it’s more of a reason to have a party.  This is the kind of party for which there is no bachelorette equivalent.  What’s more, nobody ever has a shower for new stepmothers.

I was thinking of this and wondering what sorts of gifts would be appropriate.  It would depend on what kind of stepmother and what the guests thought about the children.  An evil stepmother would naturally need a pointy black hat, a broom, a black cat,  a large cauldron, and a magic mirror.  No bread products could be served in case the children managed to make a trail after they were abandoned in the woods.  Poisoned apples, however, would be allowed.

On the other hand, if the children were wicked, the new stepmother would need a little moral support.  A large bottle of aspirin (or perhaps bourbon) (or Valium) would be essential.  Also bubble bath.  A lie detector and a ping pong paddle labeled “Attitude Adjuster.”  (My childhood babysitter had one of these hung on the kitchen wall near the fridge).

Seriously, in the nature of a shower, I am hoping I can drum up some Young Adult book recommendations.  I want to start off on the right foot with family reading time, and what I’m looking for are some really rip-roaring, suspenseful, exciting, or dramatic books we can read together.  The young lady in question is really embarrassed by swearing, so language alerts would be really helpful.  Any ideas would be gratefully appreciated.

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  1. Try the Gallagher Girls series… I’ve been reading them with an online group and so far they’re pretty clean both sexually and linguistically. It’s about spy school for girls, but upbeat and fun.

    Also, if my memory serves me correctly, The Season by Sarah MacLean was really clean… it’s a YA Regency Romance, but has some mystery and intrigue too, with a sassy main character :o)

    Hope those help!

  2. Stepmother Shower « Both Eyes Book Blog…

    I have an acquaintance who is having her fifth baby shower. Once upon a time, showers were for the first baby, with the assumption that the baby things would be passed down. Now it’s more of a reason to have a party. ……


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