Well, That Was Awkward

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2017 at 3:21 pm
by Rachel Vail
Realistic Fiction/Contemporary/©2017/Recommended for Middle Grade

Book Info (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Gracie has never felt like this before. One day, she suddenly can’t breathe, can’t walk, can’t anything and the reason is standing right there in front of her, all tall and weirdly good-looking: A.J.
It turns out A.J. likes not Gracie but Gracie’s beautiful best friend, Sienna. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna. Super happy! She helps Sienna compose the best texts, responding to A.J. s surprisingly funny and appealing texts, just as if she were Sienna. Because Gracie is fine. Always! She’s had lots of practice being the sidekick, second-best.
It s all good. Well, almost all. She’s trying.

My Thoughts:

Interesting take on the retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac for the middle school set. Gracie as narrator of her story was highly entertaining, and many of the other characters were equally unique and memorable. I think the use of text messaging in the story will also appeal to the intended audience. In addition to an engaging plot, there are important life lessons about family, friendship, bullying, love, and loss. All in all, a good addition to the middle school library.


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