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The Friendship Matchmaker (The Friendship Matchmaker #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  178 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Lara Zany is known throughout the school yard as the Friendship Matchmaker-kids call on her expertise and follow her hard-and-fast rules to find best friendships. Lara's documented everything from friendship categories (the BOBF, or Bus Only Best Friend; the TL, or Total Loner; the LBC, or Loner By Choice) to strategies (BJF, or the Bungee Jump Friend; FTFP, or Field Trip...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Walker Childrens
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Ms. Yingling
Lara takes her job as the school's friendship matchmaker very seriously, foregoing having her own friends so that she can make sure that Total Loners don't have to sit by themselves. She's even writing a manual on how to make and keep friends that she thinks "Harry Potter's publisher" is sure to snap up. Her tips include liking only popular books and movies, not being too noticeable in hair and clothing, and not being too interested in school. She is dismayed when a new girl, Emily, comes to her...more
Lara is the school's friendship matchmaker. She goes around pairing people based on common interests, much like a regular matchmaker would do. Because she is so busy with this work, she doesn't have time for friends of her own. But Lara's rules for friendship matchmaking often involving changing aspects of oneself and morphing into someone you're not. When Emily Wong moves to the school and starts questioning Lara's methods, Lara challenges her to a matchmaking contest. Each girl has to find a f...more
I thought this book was a great book about friendship,but it kind of got confusing with all the words from the friendship matchmaker manual in the book. This book is about a Friendship Matchmaker a.k.a-Lara who helps kids find best friends. But the people that she is helping,is not being theirselves.Lara has rules for them to follow to get friend and she's telling them not to be them selves. Anyways there's this new girl that is coming to school a.k.a-Emily, and Lara is trying to help her fit in...more
Kristine Pratt
An OK book about a girl who works hard to match up kids into friendships but doesn't have any friends for herself. It's an interesting premise and makes me wonder just what kind of person she would have paired me with if she'd been at my school back when I was 12. (Probably written off as a TL...?)

Ah well, it was still fun to read even if you can kind of guess that the journal she writes in was going to take a nasty "Harriet the Spy" turn (does anyone still read that?) It has some good things to...more
To be honest, I just hate this book and any math textbooks ever(I HATE MATH). I just don't really think that the strategies she used were accurate because I had some questions on my mind. Such as how she believes if she matches them up with one thing they have in common and expect them to build. The only reason I gave the book one star is because I adore how Emily tortures her. I can relate to Emily. And I don't think pushing adults out of her way is good. You might not have remembered the part,...more
shakia taylor
Great book

My daughter and I read this book for her independent reading assignment and we loved it. Its a great book and you will learn a lot about friendship.
Naeema Abbas
Since the book is written for young readers, as an adult reader I found the plot-line of the story to be slightly predictable. However, I thought the idea of a Friendship Matchmaker was great, aside from the fact the main character (Lara Zany) was not particularly likeable. On the flip side, the character Emily Wong - who is competing against Lara in friendship matchmaking - appears immediately to be a quirky yet breezily cool character able to make her place despite being the "new kid" at schoo...more
Seventh grader Lara Zany is the friendship matchmaker at her middle school. Following along her story as she matchmaker friends at her school and later you discover how she started this journey to become the friendship matchmaker. However, a new student Emily Wong comes into the new school year and shakes things up for Lara and the rest of her peers at Potts County Middle School. How do you really make friends? What are the aspects you and others need to have deep friendships? What are the rules...more
this book sound great to read it about Lara zany she go to Potts court primary school's offical friendship matchmaker.she is certain her friendship rules work she can lake the loneliest loser (LL)and she help them to make a best friend.until Emily Wong shows up and breakers all the emily challenged Lara's rules are about to be tested and if a great read but i haven't read yet
3 1/2 stars Laura Zany runs a friendship service—kind of like a dating service-- for middle schoolers, and gives advice on how to be friends/popular. Basically her rules are this: cave in to pop pre-teen cultural demands. However when the new girl, Emily Wong, becomes popular without following the “rules,” Laura gets upset and proposes a friendship competition.
(spoiler alert)
In the long run, Laura becomes friends with a “Total Loner” (read total looser) and realizes that Emily simply likes peo...more
Aw, I thought this was a cute book :) A super-fast, light read, perfect for a lazy afternoon. (view spoiler)...more
Recommended for gr. 4-7 - upper elementary/lower middle school. The ending was somewhat predictable, but still enjoyable.

Lara is her school’s self-appointed official Friendship Matchmaker. Students seek her out for advice on making friends and keeping them. She is working on a manual of friendship rules and advice, most of which involve doing, liking and wearing things to better fit in. She apparently does not have time for friends of her own due to her own self-described big heart and generous...more
Kristine Hall
This was a good come-uppance story about a popular, know-it-all girl who is a friendship matchmaker in her school. She has rules everyone should follow in order to attract friends, even if it means not being yourself, faking interests, and pretending fondness for people with whom you feel no real connection.

The writing is such that readers will see the change coming over the main character and will be glad that she finally sees the light about what it means to have and be a real friend.

Though a...more
Lara believes herself to be a Loner By Choice establishes herself as a Friendship Matchmaker, a sort of counselor and platonic dating service in one. Then she gets into a competition with a new girl who believes Lara's rules for friendships are insane and mean giving up everything you are, so are these friendships really genuine?

Predictable ending, bland plot, only minor acknowledgement that The Rules really are terrible ideas (pretend to love a thing that someone else loves, make sure your hai...more
Jun 10, 2014 Delaney rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: senior primary schoolers
Recommended to Delaney by: teachers
I was in grade six when i read this for the first time. I liked it and read it again many times.
There's quite a few things adults could learn from the book too hahaha. Hilarious and cute and a great read for middle school girls.
Abby Johnson
This is a sweet, girly story. Judy Blume without the edge and just right for upper elementary school readers. The likeable narrator will win over young readers (her heart's so clearly in the right place, even if her methods seem suspect). While the ending's a little too neat, kids will easily identify with the trials and tribulations of making new friends.
Good basis for a story, but the characters seemed a bit forced and unrealistic. I think more depth would have helped. Why did Tanya sniff school supplies? Was it because of her parents' divorce? Would Lara's peers really have forgiven her for writing terrible things about them in what amounts to a SLAM book because Emily said to?
Amra Pajalic
I really enjoyed this book about Lara who's life work is to find friends for others. Lara's advice is suspect and there is quite a bit of fun to be had there. There is depth and heart in this novel as we find out what has shaped and influenced Lara and her life's ambition to be a friendship matchmaker.
This is a quick book about friendship and fitting in for 4th and 5th grade girls. Things seemed forced at times and I had higher expectations for the author (I've enjoyed her other books) but I can see the appeal for middle grade girls.
This sequel to The Friendship Matchmaker, can be enjoyed as a series or on its own, especially by girls who prefer realistic school fiction with lots of social drama.
Fadielah Lutta
Such a good book! Cant believe it! at first Tanya and Lara had the same things in common - but lara had no time for friends (weird but interesting! xD )
Cute middle grade with a focus on female friendship (my favorite). Definitely on the younger side of middle grade, but it has a great message and moves fast.
Leah Coffin
Captures middle school in all its miserable glory, and explores the relationship between two girls working on very different coping mechanisms.
Virginia Stacy
Over all i loved it! It keeps you on the edge of your seat! i do admit some parts were a little drab, but overall i would recommend this book!
Cute! :) The ending felt a mite abrupt but ehhh. I was reading this at 1 AM, I didn't need something that was going to go on long anyways.
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Randa Abdel-Fattah was born in Sydney in 1979. She is a Muslim of Palestinian and Egyptian heritage. She grew up in Melbourne and attended a Catholic primary school and Islamic secondary college where she obtained an International Baccaularetate. She studied Arts/Law at Melbourne University during which time she was the Media Liaison Officer at the Islamic council of Victoria, a role which afforde...more
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