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Yes, you read it correctly…I’ve actually decided to devote an entire post to vomit. It’s quite possible publication, for me, has caused insanity. Possible, not probable. Anyway, with the help of my brand new teen panel, The Perfect Ten, I plan to give a little insight into the world of spewing…not the empowering kind as in the movie Stand By Me…that was all kinds of awesome. We should all learn from this movie and face bullying and harassment with gallons of cheery pie vomit.

But today, I’m paying tribute the embarrassing, unplanned moments and more importantly, to John Green’s, Looking For Alaska. A book I recently had the pleasure of reading.

Looking For Alaska

And yeah, I realize I’m several years late but to my credit, this was my third John Green novel. I just didn’t read them in publication order. I adored this book with a capitol A. It reminded me a lot of Catcher In The Rye…especially the main character, sixteen year old Miles. It was so funny and heartbreaking to walk through these embarrassing and life changing moments with Miles as he tried to shake the nerd from his image and failed miserably. And yet he was beyond cool in so many ways, not too mention one of the most relateable (not a word?) characters I have ever read in a YA novel.

Any of you who have read this book will remember Miles’ first “almost date” with Lara which is supposed to be followed by his first “almost hook up.” Unfortunately, this turns out to be one big epic fail after Miles is knocked over by a basketball at a school game, hits his head on the gym floor, and in his concussed state, he spews all over the lovely Lara’s shoes.Charming. I know.

Does life get any more humiliating than that? Hard to say. But I asked my super awesome teen panel what they thought were the worst places to be when you’re about to spew, concussed or not, this has happened to all of us…so here we go:

#5-A bus or public transportation

#4-Crowded swimming pool

#3-A motorcycle

#2-During a stage performance

#1-School Cafeteria

I’m feeling the heavy waves of humiliation just from typing this list! Oh man…I can’t even imagine. Now we want to hear from you…in fact…tells us your most embarrassing, completely true spew story in the comment section and The Perfect 10 and myself will choose the story containing the highest level of humiliation and award that person with a personalized signed copy of Tempest, by yours truly.

We’d also love to hear what you thought about our featured YA novel, Looking For Alaska and a few of The Perfect 10 will be giving their short reviews in the comment section as well. It seems I’m not the only one inspired by the awesome writing of YA author, John Green.

DEADLINE to enter giveaway is Friday, February 24 at Midnight (CST)!


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  1. Monica G Lopez February 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, gosh! Woah, my spewing story isn't that spewy but here you go!

    So, some time ago I was at my last middle school swim meet. I had to do 50yds in a 200yd relay and the coach told me out of the blue that I was going to be doing the event. Now here is where is gets interesting. . . I ate a cinnamon Pop Tart and drank a Gatorade (the mini ones) and while I was swimming I could of sworn a bit a spew escaped my mouth.

    Long story short.
    Worst place to spew is in a swimming pool.

  2. Julie February 22, 2012 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Monica, this story made me immediately visualize this happening in a larger volume and everyone screaming and swimming toward the side, away from the spew…at least that's how it would happen in a movie.

    Great story and thanks for playing!


  3. Natasha Wilson February 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Hehe these are definatly the worst places to spew. I dont have a spew story, can't even remember the last time I was ill but i enjoyed hearing about the others.
    I will have to get a hold of finding alaska as it seems to be a good read

  4. Monica G Lopez February 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    If you don't have a spew story. Why don't you come up with what you think would be the worse place to spew? πŸ™‚ Just a thought πŸ˜€

  5. Natasha Wilson February 22, 2012 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Honeslty I think anywhere…um…worst place to spew? Over your teachers shoes

  6. ashelynn hetland February 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Ha… I'm definitely going to say in the car, especially if you throw up all over yourself and you don't have a spare change of clothes. I was really little when that happened though, so maybe I didn't mind having to go naked. :shrugs: but still–ew.

  7. Julie February 23, 2012 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Good thinking, Monica! Worst hypothetical place could also win you the prize. See why I need a teen panel? They will eventually comprise 2/3 of my blogging brain. That means I might be able to watch more TV? Cause it's all about TV time πŸ™‚

  8. Julie February 23, 2012 at 12:10 am - Reply

    What's bad about the car is getting rid of the smell…ew…even when you do clean it, I think it gets stuck in your head and you smell it still after it's gone.

  9. Zareen aka Taco February 23, 2012 at 12:17 am - Reply

    I love how this post is still classy despite the subject matter. πŸ˜›

    From experience, puking in front of a class full of wide-eyed third grade classmates is absolutely awful!

  10. Jenn@OwlReadIt February 23, 2012 at 12:29 am - Reply

    Sooo, my husband and I were driving down a street that there was construction on, I had just eaten an apple and was pregnant. Well we were jerkily moving along, stopping every couple of meters, and eventually it was just too much. So I started heaving, and all I had to catch it was my hands, so I'm sitting there, throwing up a whole apple into my hands, with no where to pull over. So during one of the stopped moments, my husband finds a box and gives me it so I can finish in it.

    It was awful, and I puked in my hair, so we had to stop at a McDonalds so I could go rinse out my hair and buy a pop to get a drink. So I argee that the car is a bad place for spewing ..lol

  11. Julie February 23, 2012 at 12:37 am - Reply


    This is a really great story! But…we'll have to wait for more because the pregnancy cancels out the humiliation factor, though I totally feel for you…omg…been there, done that.

    We'll see what the Perfect 10 think πŸ™‚

  12. Jenn@OwlReadIt February 23, 2012 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Yeah, pregnant ladies definitely should be made of for puking, my least favorite part of being pregnant. I still have issue brushing my teeth..lol Other than while pregnant I've only ever puked while having food poisoning and after a friends bachelorette.. neither were really in front of people though, so not embarassing πŸ™‚

  13. Esther February 23, 2012 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Hi! I'm Esther, and Jeenn@OwlReadIt that sounds terriable, that dosen't sound pleasent at all! πŸ˜› My worst experince with throwing-up was in my mom's van after drinking a giant cup of red Kool-Aid. My family and I were riding on tight roads to my grandparents, my mom told me not to look down at my toy horse I was playing with, but to look out the window so I wouldn't get car sick…(why are moms' always right??) I spewed all over myself… and my faveorite toy horse. It was a sad a ride home…

  14. dani_nguyen February 23, 2012 at 1:26 am - Reply

    I've come incredibly close to throwing up on a plane before and it was horrible. I was actually crying because I was so afraid I was going to puke. I couldn't go to the bathroom or anything because it was during landing. So I just sat there sobbing into a barf bag. How humiliating.

    I already have a copy of Tempest, so you don't need to enter me for the contest. Great post though!

  15. Brandon M February 23, 2012 at 1:41 am - Reply

    My worst experience would have to be walking AND puking at the same time, I do not know what I was thinking. Let's just say when everything was said and done I had to buy a new pair of shoes, not a good night at all lol.

  16. Monica G Lopez February 23, 2012 at 1:43 am - Reply

    If I did that over my teacher's shoes they would EXPLODE! I mean, literally, explode. πŸ˜€

  17. Monica G Lopez February 23, 2012 at 1:44 am - Reply

    How did you manage that? I'm curious . . . πŸ™‚

  18. Monica G Lopez February 23, 2012 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Really? I remember I was on a plane once. . . the line is ALWAYS long anyways, I felt nausea throughout the entire flight so the flight attendant asked the old man in the back to switch with me since I was in the middle-ish πŸ™‚ Let's just say I lost some points with the elderly that day πŸ˜€

  19. Monica G Lopez February 23, 2012 at 1:47 am - Reply

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  20. Brandon M February 23, 2012 at 2:01 am - Reply

    Lets just say my judgement was a little…misguided ? πŸ™‚

  21. Brandon M February 23, 2012 at 2:03 am - Reply

    It's even worse on a summer day, your friend has locked the doors AND windows ! :l

  22. Hannah050 February 23, 2012 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Ok here's my story! At lunch this kid in my grade was trying to fit a whole hamburger in his mouth well he couldn't and ended up throwing up on my friends shoes! She ran out of there screaming! But the worst part was that he just kept eating.

  23. Brandon M February 23, 2012 at 3:05 am - Reply

    oooooh man this just reminded me of last week. I saw everyone trying this cinnamon challenge, if you don't know what it is all you basically do is put a spoon full of cinnamon in your mouth it sounds easy but when i tried it i failed horribly within 5 seconds, it felt like my lungs closed up i puked in my toilet for over 15 minutes sooo embarrassing lol

  24. Jill February 23, 2012 at 3:28 am - Reply

    My worst place is in my husband's car. I was really ill and on the way to the doctor's office. I was yelling at my husband to pull the car over and he kept saying that there wasn't a place to pull over. Well, I couldn't hold it anymore and threw up all over his car and myself! The best part…I had just taken some Pepto Bismol, so it was bright pink. So not only is his car interior ruined, I had to walk into the packed doctor's office with hot pink stains down the front of my shirt and some on my jeans as well!!!

  25. Julie February 23, 2012 at 3:28 am - Reply


    I totally almost did the cinnamon thing as one of my dares…I had no idea it was that bad! Omg…so glad I opted for wearing my jeans inside out.

    I've also heard something about 7-UP and bananas…and then you run a mile…it's supposed to be impossible to do without puking.

  26. Julie February 23, 2012 at 3:29 am - Reply

    Pink vomit is the worse…maybe not as bad as cheery pie puke, though…

  27. Julie February 23, 2012 at 3:31 am - Reply

    I first acquired the fear of puking in class after reading one of the Ramona books where this happens to her…and she had eaten oatmeal and it was just…ew

  28. Brandon M February 23, 2012 at 3:37 am - Reply

    I thought the same thing, but boy was I wrong. This 7-UP and banana thing sounds very interesting, I think I'm going to try it. I will let you know how it goes πŸ™‚

  29. Nicole February 23, 2012 at 5:09 am - Reply

    Under the Christmas tree, on everyone's presents xD

    But we got to open them early. SO THAT'S A GOOD THING πŸ˜€ I did a good deed.

  30. Kayla February 23, 2012 at 6:35 am - Reply

    At the mall on a crowded saturday afternoon. lol. I had orange chicken and rice and orange juice before going(seemed like a good idea at the time….both have oranges….),and when i suddenly felt really bad and went to look for a bathroom to spew i felt it coming up, i covered my mouth with my hands and it came up and through my fingers onto the floor between the cookie stand and the pretzel stand….orange pieces and rice everywhere…floor, my shirt, my hair….spewed more in the trash,then qppoligized to the janitor lol. went home and felt alot better though lol, i'll never forgetthe stares, or the feel of it coming through my fingers…ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww~~

  31. Hannah050 February 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    That sounds terrible! Pepto bismol always makes me vomit when I'm sick.

  32. Monica G Lopez February 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    The cinnamon challenge? All of my friends have done it! Except for me. We were all going to do it during lunch and most of the 7th and 8th did it. The thing was, it ended being a puke fest for the 6th graders. Only 3 or 4 of them actually puked and the rest kept gagging. . .

    *shudders* Most experience ever! I never even tried in the end πŸ™‚

  33. Natasha Wilson February 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    These awesome, its going to be hard to pick a winner…

  34. Kristina February 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I almost completely forgot about my embarrassing puke story, I was thinking I didn't have one.
    In 3rd grade we were lining up outside to get ready to go to go home. I had was mid line and had kids behind and in front of me. I start to heave, not realizing what was going on and I vomited everywhere. I missed the kid in front of me, thankfully. But all the kids screeched and moved quickly away from me. I was a really shy kid and hated having any attention on me and that was a very mortifying experience for me. Since I vomited I couldn't ride the bus home and I had to wait in the nurses office for my mom to come and pick me up from school. I have never thrown up in public since then.

  35. Gaby Pendragon February 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    My worst place was highschool, yeah highschool.
    I was in 8thgrade, I had been feeling ok but out of nowhere I feel a certain twinge in my stomach, I was coming down the stairs running an errand for a teacher and it happened, I spew.
    I spewed two times, on the stairs, luckily most of the studens was on classes, but like I said only most of them, so quite a few others saw what happened, soooo embarrassing!

    Of course I ran to the bathroom to clean myself up, hoping this was once in a lifetime event

  36. Petra Bartha February 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    This is my utter discisting spew story:
    I must have been around 9 when I went to my first 5day long camp away from home…I was really excited to be away from my parents. The camp was an hour away from our village and as we were half an hour away from the camp i started to feel sick.. I was really bad and my mum handed me a plastic shooping bag to vomit into…I soon realised that it had holes all over it…But i was too late. My dress was covered in vomit…To make things worth we did not have time to stop as we were already late so i had to wait until we got to the camp to get changed.. Everyone saw me in my dress that was covered in vomit in the middle…And on top of this the whole camp was a complete disaster because wherever we went by bus or other public transport my peers always offered me a plastic bag with wholes all over it….:/

  37. Susan Light February 24, 2012 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Actually all over myself while in my car as my boyfriend drove me home from a wedding reception. Too bad I didn't stop there. Poor guy took my car home and cleaned it up for me. Five years later he married me ans was so glad when I traded that car in.

  38. Jill February 24, 2012 at 2:14 am - Reply

    I know right! I don't know why I keep taking it when it makes me sick. Maybe I like the torture LOL!

  39. Monica G Lopez February 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Ew, I will never look at a orange the same way again πŸ™‚

  40. Kayla February 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    lol i know right πŸ˜€

  41. Jenn@OwlReadIt February 26, 2012 at 2:34 am - Reply

    Ahaha, I once has purple vomit (ate a purple popcicle) Lets just say that was fun to puke up on the side of the highway with all the cars passing..lol
    I got carsick a lot while pregnant πŸ˜›

  42. Lori Hallenbeck April 22, 2017 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Once,in high school,I was coming down with a stomach virus but didnt know it. I woke up queasy and with that metallic taste. As I was getting ready for school,I threw up a little water in the toilet,but my mother insisted I would feel better if I ate. I didn’t. The whole bus ride to school,my I kept swallowing saliva and my twin sister asked what was wrong,so I told her I felt like I was going to throw up again. She was already getting ready when I got sick earlier. Finally,we got to school and met my boyfriend and some of our other friends in the courtyard. The nausea got worse and I couldnt hold it in any longer. I projectile vomited a huge,lovely mixture of orange juice,scrambled eggs,and chunks of sausage all over the sidewalk,right in front of everyone. My sister and boyfriend made sure I got to the nurse,where I threw up over and over into a bucket,til my stomach was empty. Talk about embarrassing,in front of the nurse and my boyfriend. Of course,I vomited in front of my sister before,and I had thrown up in school,but made to the toilet,so this was humiiating. To top it off,my sister and I are identical and the nurse couldnt tell us apart,so when she called my mom,she told her one of her twins was vomiting all over,and my mom wasnt sure at first which one. Didnt matter. The next night,I was still throwing up, everything I put in my mouth. I woke up to gagging and spatter in the bathroom. My twin came in said thanks for passing on your bug. I just threw up. My poor mom,that whole week she had both vomiting every 5 minutes in buckets and cleaning up the floor as I was so dizzy,I missed the pail more than once. Worst case of stomach flu ever.

  43. Zoya October 24, 2018 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    I have never thrown up any of the places in your article. The worse time for me was in second grade. We had fish sticks for lunch and for some reason they gave me a tummy ache . I felt so bad I was crying at my desk and the teacher called me up to the front to see what was wrong. As soon as I got up to her my stomach heaved and I puked all over her leg. And then some more on the floor before she finally got me over the trash can. When I got done the whole class was staring at me. I was so ashamed. I have never eaten fish again in my life.

  44. liona February 13, 2019 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    the worst thing happened in school
    one time i ate too much at lunch and there was p.e. after lunch. the p.e. teacher let us do alot of exercises and running but in the middle of exercising i felt very sick like i was gonna spew so i went to the p.e. teacher to tell him but i could not hold it anymore and i spewed all over him. i never thought of p.e. the same way again

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