I, Lorelei

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Poignant and funny family tale for tweens.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

The adults in this novel seem to have the most trouble behaving. They have affairs, fight, contemplate divorce, are revealed to be notorious felons wanted by the FBI, etc. Compared to the adults, the kids' behavior, which involves a lot of sulking, teasing, and regular school-day issues, is no big deal.


There's a fairly dramatic moment when someone is arrested by the FBI, and there are some sad and disturbing moments when there's talk about a family pet dying and an extramarital affair is revealed.


Some school-age crushes on boys, and adults kiss and exchange hugs.


Some mild name calling such as "stupid" and "wad."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink alcohol, and a dad makes homemade beer and asks his teen son to design the labels.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a book that deals with a family going through divorce, school issues, and the loss of a pet. There are also discussions about infidelity and some teasing of students who don't fit in at school.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byRob79 October 29, 2010
Kid, 11 years old February 26, 2017


This book was really good. But I did think it was kind of sad how Lorelei's parents separate, because I was kind of hoping they would be together. Lorelei... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 25, 2010

very predictable

i dont like books about tween lives, it just annoys me for some reason. i just read it because an actor in the simpsons wrote it

What's the story?

Lorelei's pet cat Mud dies and because she plans on being very famous one day she decides to keep track of her life in a journal written to Mud. This is the best way to keep people from making up facts about her later, but what starts off as a chronicle of school and the things her cat is missing turns more serious as her parents' marriage begins to dissolve. Will she get a part in the school play? What's happening to her once sane and straight-laced father? Will anything ever make sense again?

Is it any good?

I, LORELEI is a great book. Author Yeardley Smith, best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson on the hit animated sitcom The Simpsons, knows how to capture the voice, mindset ,and humor of 11-year-old girls. Lorelei is funny, sensible, and remarkably in-tune to her feelings and those around her. She's able to clearly articulate and examine her feelings as well as see what motivates others to behave the way they do. For example, Lorelei comes to realize why a school outcast is so awkward -- people have ignored her to the point she feels as if she's invisible -- and decides to become her friend, especially after she feels Saylor wasn't given the part in the school play that she deserved

The one issue many readers will have with the book is that it ends. Poor Lorelei and her family are going through so much, and while most of it is pretty funny, it's also heartbreaking at times, and you hope for a happy ending for this quirky, yet loving family. Instead, Smith leaves audiences hanging, hoping for a sequel.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of having an outlet for their feelings. Why was it important for Lorelei to keep her journal? Do you keep a journal? How does it help you sort through your problems?

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