"The Girl" is back again, with even more challenges to face, boys to crush on and simply trying to learn what it means to be a teenager. With a new ba"The Girl" is back again, with even more challenges to face, boys to crush on and simply trying to learn what it means to be a teenager. With a new baby sister on the way, a new school, and dealing with missing old friends while trying to make new ones, the girl is even more confused than ever. As if being a tween wasn't hard enough!
Like the first book, the story is being told in the form of a diary. Weekly entries all about what it's like to teenage girl. Transitioning from kid to teen is never easy, and for the girl is harder than some. A new baby sister is coming soon and she is not happy about being the older child. Along with moving to a new town and starting a new school, the girl is more stressed out than ever before. If that wasn't enough, life is about to thrown her a curve ball when her body starts changing and growing.
Along with all of these new hardships, the girl is having fun too. She's making new friends, trying new things, but more so finding out who she really wants to be.
- There are so many amazing things I loved about this book. -
How relatable is the story was. I really feel like the book "diary" was in fact written by a teenage girl and not by an adult, which is great because teens who read it will get a better sense of the emotions and maturity of the girl. Everything she went through was things most teens have to deal and struggle with while experiencing this time in their lives.
The girl's personally has really changed since the first book. She is more outgoing, funny and even more so emotionally. At times, I was getting annoyed by her thinking and how she felt about things, but then I thought back to when I was her age and begin to understand why she acted the way she did. Being a teen is downright difficult at time and I loved the way she handled the challenges she faced. The girl's personally while different than when she was younger really made this book quite remarkable.
Being written in a diary format is probably by favorite part simply because I could see how throughout the year, in each entry how her life changed. Sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. She grew up so much not only physically and mentally but emotionally as well. Each time she wrote in her dairy there was always something new and exciting to read about.
Adults will love it too! I'm in my 30's and I loved reading it. I won't lie, some parts were kind of childish, but that's what made it such a fun read for me. Being able to remember what it was like when I was young was exciting. I remember thinking "Oh yeah, I remember what that felt like". Yes, this book was primarily written to speak to teens but I think adults will love it too. Reading with your children would be even more fun!
I would like to commend, author Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein for writing such a relatable, imaginative, and fun story in which teens everywhere I know will love. I highly recommend Diary of a Gusty Teen (and Tween) to all of my readers and to confused girls everywhere (hehe). This book is one not to miss! ...more
Disneyland. Happiest Place on Earth! For Casey, not so much.
Casey (short for Acacia) has always loved Disneyland. Every year her family and her best fDisneyland. Happiest Place on Earth! For Casey, not so much.
Casey (short for Acacia) has always loved Disneyland. Every year her family and her best friend, Kiley takes a trip there. It's the one thing Casey looks forward to each Summer without a doubt. Although this year is different. This time Casey will be going without her (so-called BFF) Kiley. Kiley pretty much dumped Casey and has moved on (and up the social latter) in school, leaving Casey behind.
So much for Happiest Place on Earth. Casey ends up still going to Disney only this time with her parents. Oh what fun! NOT! Although, someone is about to change all that. While standing in line for the Indiana Jones Adventure ride Casey meets a boy named Bert and his younger sister Margret. Casey and Bert becoming instant friends. They both adore Disneyland; the magic, the rides and just having fun and being a kid. This bond leads to both Casey and Bert wanting to stay together and do EVERYTHING that this magical land has to offer. Riding the rides, over and over again, eating junk food, buying souvenirs but most of all getting to know each other. Casey and Bert know their time together won't last forever. But will their friendship?
The one word that comes to mind for this book is: CUTE! I have always loved Disney World, never been to Disneyland but I image they are both a lot alike. Like Casey I looked forward to going and never wanted to leave. Who wouldn't?
The story of Casey and Bert really was magical. Not just their friendship (and budding romance) but seeing each of them grow and change by the end of the book. Being a kid is not always easy. In the beginning of the book the reader can clearly see how much Casey was hurting and disappointed by the loss of her best friend. I really loved how meeting and being with Bert really changed Casey's outlook.
Author Kate Abbott has written a super fun middle-grade novel. One that not only shows you everything that's exciting, fun and magical about Disneyland but the journey that Casey and Bert take together. I would differently recommend this book to all young readers as well as adults. I had a blast reading author Kate Abbott debut novel and I know you will too....more
First Impressions: I was e-mailed about a month ago by the author of the book Scary School, Derek Kent aka Derek the Ghost and was asked to read his new novel for review on my blog. Now I mostly stick to the young adult to adult books only because I find these type of books are what I enjoy the most when reading. I read over the book synopsis of Scary School and found it to be quite interesting and story seem to draw me in so I decided to give it a try. I am ever so glad that I did because Scary School really did turn out to be a fun and comical read.
Review: The first thing I am going to say that I totally loved about the book was that while reading there are so many amazing Illustrations to go along with the story-line of the book which really made the charathers and the story come alive. In Scary School "Derek the Ghost" is telling the story in which he tells the reader about himself but mostly about many of the kids or creatures that walk the halls. You as the reader will get to learn about many different teachers and students who go to Scary School. And I mean "different". From a one fang'd Vampires to a T Rex who won't go anywhere without her blue dress on. Weird right? If you don't follow a rule you may be eaten, but don't worry you won't die. Mostly likely you'll just come back as something else like a dragon or another creature. Nothing is ever what it seems at this odd and twisted school but the kids at Scary School like it that way as do the teachers. I have a few favorite character's in the book I really enjoyed while reading that I found to be very funny or relatable to me in some ways. One was Petunia who is the purple girl on the cover of the book. She could make flowers grow and the way the Illustrator drew her was so beautiful. I like how her story was that she was made fun of by the other girls in the school but something happens to her to make her see that she indeed is special. The whole book was just made up of all of the monsters/humans (teachers and students) individual stories each with such a fun and unique pizzazz. A very funny book and the images to go along with the story made me laugh ever more!
Final Thoughts: I am very glad I decided to give Scary School a go because I really did love it. I went outside my comfort zone and read a book that was written for a lot younger age group than I am in but truthfully nothing is wrong with reading a middle-grade novel when your an adult. I would highly recommend Scary School to my readers (or their children) and to anyone who may be a bit hesitant of reading a book below there age level. - The cover of the book and images in the book are stunning and very well done. Scott M. Fischer the illustrator did a wonderful job! The idea of the book being narrated by a ghost (who was also part of the story) was a excited and fun POV. A MUST read in 2012 for all ages! ...more