26th out of 249 books — 230 voters
Emiko's summer looks like this: babysit all day, hang out with her own parents at home in the evening, rinse, repeat. It's pretty dull, but the babysitting gig pays well.This is a tiny book that manages to cover a lot of emotional ground and pack a pretty big punch.
But then Emiko sees a charismatic artiste called Poppy at the mall, and Poppy personally invites her to the Freak Show, held in an abandoned warehouse on Friday nights.
Emiko isn't a freak. Not exactly. But could she be?
"Up until this point, I was not exactly the kind of person who would go to a FREAK SHOW. I guess you could say I was kind of...awkward. My mother said I was a wallflower. At my school they call it being a geek."