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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  4,850 ratings  ·  489 reviews
Mackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she's the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous - not to mention unwelcome - attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the str ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by K-Teen (first published December 27th 2011)
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! I loved it so much that I want to squeeze the life out of it! Not only did I smile the whole way through the books but I fell in love with the writing and creation of the story. Was this a good book? Heck yes! I want to read it over and over again just to feel happy again!!

So why did I fall in love? Well unlike most books out there, this story of a girl is what I thought. I thought she would let everything get to her and do something stupid. But no. The author took me by surp
Laurence R.
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's not the first Marni Bates book I've read, but it's definitely the best one. It's just jgkgisbajheuke! ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This one falls into the Fun Read category.

Mackenzie introduces herself as an Invisible. She’s awkward and geeky and thankfully, invisible is right where she wants to be. Of course, it’s de rigueur that she has a fantasyland crush on a Notable, and Patrick happens to be marginally responsible for her infamy. She’s caught in a weird power play conversation with Logan, a Notable whose parents pay her very well to tutor, and his Mean Girl ex when Patrick enters her line of sight. At first, she commi
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was extremely surprised by Awkward. It sounded cute, but I will admit the cover made me a bit wary to read it. It looked like this story would be geared toward younger teens, more toward the middle grade age, and I was afraid I wouldn’t end up liking it for this reason. Lucky for me, that isn’t the case.

Awkward is the first book I’ve read in quite some time where I completely let go, and just enjoyed the story. I didn’t over-think things like I normally do, and it was heaps of fun. I read it i
Dove into Awkward kind of randomly and now I'm in the second book already. In this, you will meet Mackenzie. She's a pretty normal girl who is really good at school. The only thing she isn't good at... walking. Basically she's a klutz and kind of reminded me or me. Curbs are something I should never walk on because I would most likely break my ankle.

That being said, that's the only thing that I would relate to her. I guess I can be awkward sometimes.. but that would most likely be on purpose. P
Abegail Topado
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it

AWKWARD it is.
4.5 stars. Why? Because:

1. It's very different. The story alters from different perspectives.

2.It's unpredictable and a little predictable at the same time. There were times that I thought a certain something would happen-but didn't. And the thing about Logan, I had a hint that he would be the one ending up with Mackenzie and had been sure about it when the whole stroll-at-the-mall-to-hide-from-paparazzi thing happened.

3.It has a different edge(to me) when first person is used. I m
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Alex Thompson was invested in the appearance of manliness—an appearance that was greatly diminished when a gawky girl of five feet seven and a half inches knocked him down."

Ahhh!!!!!! Is it over?? I can't look! Can I breathe now? Whew. This. Was. Amazing. I. LOVED. It. Wow. No words can describe my emotions right now. Are you kidding me? I'm just amazed and thrilled and can so totally relate to Mackenzie! I cringed at all of her awkwardness, to close to home for comfort! I spent most of this bo
Samia Ruponti
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
My first book of Marni Bates was Decked with Holly and I absolutely loved it! God only knows why I didn't read this one sooner (so that I'll have a book left for winter white reading challenge!:p). I absolutely loved it! I adored Mackenzie, because, well, she felt real. I could definitely see myself in her (except the studious part, I never studied that much in my entire life!). I laughed out loud countless times!

Mackenzie was great in the average-teenager way. Logan was also good, but maybe we
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Review first posted at A Backwards Story. Cover design analysis available exclusively on my blog as well as a Character Word Association Game with Logan coming March 21st!

If you're looking for a fun, refreshing contemporary YA, look no farther than AWKWARD. Readers will find themselves rooting for socially awkward high school student Mackenzie as she finds her most embarrassing moment broadcast on YouTube for the world to see, which puts her every klutzy moment from there on out in the spotlight
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog

After having read the summary for Awkward, I didn't really have huge expectations. I'll admit that the cover is what drew me to read this book. Doesn't it look totally cool ?
You know what ? This book was so perfect, I wanted to give it a big hug ! I loved it.
It wasn't deep or highly philosophical or anything. Instead, it was a cute book with a few themes that are common in YA.

Awkward follows the story of Mackenzie. She is what you can call the invisible
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Yup. I am in the minority (if not sitting in a room all by myself) in disliking this book. In fact, I seem to be having one of those "Did we all read the same book?" experiences. Oh, well.

Ugh. Where to start with my problems with this book..... ***There may be spoilers. I don't know if I can control myself. Sorry.

1) Author, Know Thy Setting. As a lifelong Portland-area resident, I was totally excited to see the book set in Forest Grove, Oregon. It's always fun to see how authors infuse their boo
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own

Awkward by Marni Bates is one of those books that you read and think, “WHY didn’t I read this sooner?” See the girl on the cover? That was me throughout all of Awkward – I was a giggly, squealing mess because I was having so much fun. I was giggling in parts of Awkward that weren’t even particularly funny.

And Marni Bates knows teens. I just wanted to hug Mackenzie and be like I KNOW YOU. Awkward is so unbelievably relatable and emb
Jamie (The Kansan Reader)
Mackenzie had a normal life. She tutored a hockey star, helped anyone with homework, oh, and she’s a klutz.

An unfortunate incident happened and it just so been Mackenzie’s luck that it got filmed and put on Youtube.

Now pushed into internet stardom Mackenzie is trying to navigate how to be famous and not lose herself completely in the fame.

Mackenzie was hard for me to like in any way. She had a quirk and she tended to babble. After halfway through the babble started to get annoying. Some of the t
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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Mackenzie Wellesley has always tried to avoid attention. Being socially awkward and a bit clumsy, the spotlight is a no-no. So, being an “Invisible” at her high school is what she prefers. Her only direct contact with the “Notables” (popular kids) is her tutoring job with Logan - she is paid to tutor him in history. Aside from that, she watches from afar with her two besties, Jane and Corey, and works hard to get into the college she w
Amy Lignor
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing

This novel really shows you the power of Youtube and all those other technological programs and devices we all seem to love so much. In fact, it will remind you of all those news programs that talk about how the government watches our every move each and every day.

Mackenzie Wellesley was one of those quiet, brilliant nerds who liked to stay far away from the spotlight. In fact, she has named her ‘side’ the Invisibles, and spends a great deal of time avoiding the ‘Notables,’ so she doesn’t have t
Audrey Graser
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Title: Awkward
Author: Marni Bates
Series: Awkward #1

Main character: 3/5
Mackenzie was charmingly cute, but sometimes her "awkwardness" was a little over the top. I get it, the book is entitled "Awkward" but sometimes it was a little too much. I loved that she was flawed. It was a little stereotypical, but the fame did change her and she had to realize that.

Secondary characters: 3/5
Mackenzie's friends were so good about making her realize her flaws too. I loved Corey, Melanie and Mackenzie's broth

This is the most adorable book I’ve read in a while! It is a quick and fun and hilarious read that deals with coming out of your own shell and learning how to trust again. Mackenzie, having been famous for her video on YouTube where she knocked out a jock and attempted to do CPR, suddenly faces a life of a Hollywood celebrity over the weekend. She’s been chased by paparazzi and getting the perks of being famous like free designer clothes and backstage passes to her most favorite band’s co
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Awkward by Marni Bates was a fun and light read. I sometimes find myself having to alternate between more intense and series books with lighter reads otherwise I'd be a nervous wreck. I worry about my characters too much sometimes. Mackenzie is used to flying under the radar and spending her time studying for her multiple AP classes. Usually, she rambles when she's nervous and finds herself in awkward situations. During one of her most embarrassing moments in public, some mystery person decided ...more
Avon Bernabe
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love love love this book!

The title really suits the book. Mackenzie is one hell of an awkward girl. But that won't be a hindrance dear. Because judging by what happened to her life, you might want to be an awkward too. Seriously, I won't mind. ;)

We all know that there are many YouTube sensations on the rise all over the world. And I liked how this book showed that in a way. Same, but not quite the same. That's why I loved this one. :)

I loved how it was able to make me laugh from the simple "remi
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am sure this book will never win a Novel. It is not a piece of literature that schools will make you read at literature class and no one is going to write an essay on this book.


Maybe it was the typical 'geek-gal-falls-for-athlete' cliché. BUT Mackenzie is an amazing character and she is not only concerned about grades. She also tries to help her mom out, takes care of annoying little brother and supports endlessly her two
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
One word: hilarious! I loved how insanely awkward Mackenzie is. I loved how Jane, Corey and Mack's brother Dylan were so protective and loyal to her. And I love Logan, as in "can I have him for myself?" love him. Awkward is chock-full of pop-culture references and for the most part, it works. Of course, the downside to this is it makes the story feel dated. A good example would be that of a celebrity mentioning his wife, when everyone knows (well, everyone who has read Hollywood breaking news in ...more
Wendy Darling
The better, less farfetched, much funnier, and much smarter version of this story? Piper Banks' Geek High series. ...more
Emily Anne
Okay, for the record, I loved, loved, loved this book! It made me laugh so hard. Pure 100% awesomeness.

I will post a full review later!
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read the complete and original review at Word Spelunking

Marni Bates’ Awkward was a pleasant surprise that had me laughing out loud and left me with the biggest smile on my face. Bates has taken a familiar storyline and breathed new life into it with endearing characters, a story that is outlandish enough to be fun and exciting but realistic enough to be relatable, and a wonderfully quirky spark.

Seventeen year old Mackenzie Wellesley has always gone out of her way to be invisible
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is even better reading it the second time! Absolutely loved it.
Tigris Eden
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she's the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous - not to mention unwelcome - attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, Mackenzie is an Internet sensation, with four million hits and counting. Sucked into a whirlw ...more
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Awkward by Marni Bates is the first book I read this year in which I was able to connect with the main character. Seeing the book at the library, I was drawn to the cover, with its loose-leaf style background and screaming girl. I think the cover’s statement also summarizes the book well: Mackenzie Wellesley was a geek, until she went viral.

With a history of awkwardness, Mackenzie has always been uncomfortable in the spotlight and had a low self-esteem. When she sends a football player to the fl
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review also posted at The Wandering Fangirl.

I was really lucky with high school. Lucky, because my class was only about 120 kids, and we all knew each other. Then I went to a high school in a different state for senior year in a class of about a thousand kids, and I got to see first hand what real cliques were like. When I went to that new high school I became an Invisible, as Mackenzie Wellesley describes in Awkward. I like to think I wasn't as bad as she was, at least, and I got along just fin
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awkward is hilarious. It is one of the funniest young adult novels I have ever read, and I laughed out loud more than once. To quote last week’s episode of Saturday Night Live, “Awkward is a white people word that can be applied to every situation”. Well, Awkward the book has some truly awkward scenes, like the horrible, horrible attempt at CPR, and many others I’ll let you discover on your own.

Mackenzie is hands down one of the most relatable characters I have come across in a long time. Yes, s
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
This was a title I came across by total random browsing. And what a lucky accident it turned out to be!

If you are searching for something totally fun, contemporary, and zippy, look no further. This is a read packed with likable characters, out-of-this-world experiences, and on-the-mark pop culture references.

The story's protagonist and narrator, Mackenzie, thinks of herself as plain ol' awkward. She, much like Mia Thermopolis of The Princess Diaries, is seriously lacking self-confidence. But onl
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Marni Bates' autobiography MARNI (part of HCI's Louder Than Words series) was on the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List. She then signed a five book deal with KTeen. Her first YA novel, AWKWARD, has been optioned by the Disney Channel as a made-for-TV movie and translated into several languages. Her latest YA novel DIAL EM FOR MURDER is with Merit Press.

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