The Life and Opinions of Amy Finawitz
Told in wry emails and brilliant little one-act plays, this laugh-out-loud debut novel offers quirky characters, a whimsical tour around New York City, and an appealing story about what it means to be a good friend.
Amy starts the book being quite self-centered. Everything is all about her. The story is told in the form of emails Amy sends to her friend who has moved away, abandoning Amy in NYC with no friends or social life. I enjoyed Amy's snarky comments and humor as she communicates the woes of her life to her friend. Through the course of the 4 months this book covers ...more
It doesn't hurt that the email/play structure is clever without being gimmicky, that the story is compelling or that every other ...more
For the most part, this is a cute story with an interesting format. It had a couple of issues I'll address, but it's mostly sweet and funny. I'll admit it took me a couple chapters to remember that email existed and Amy was getting replies we didn't get to read from Callie in a short time, not sending things through the mail. This was despite the time and date stamps. This is ...more
For starters, here's the cast of characters. Besides Amy and Callie, two ...more
Amy Finawitz, an eighth grade New Yorker, is devastated when her best friend Callie moves to Kansas for a year. Who will be her friend while Callie's away? Surely not the knitting (or is it crochet) obsessed Judy or dorky Claire? But when her social studies teacher assigns each student the diary of an immigrant and tells them to put themselves into their shoes, Callie becomes fascinat ...more
My fortune cookies say…
Change can be a good thing.
Amy starts off being very self-centered. I really didn’t care much for the all-about-me attitude that she had early in the story. Since Amy’s best friend, Callie, moves away, Amy finds herself being open to making new friends and putting herself out there. Even though she wasn’t thrilled about it at first, Amy realized that the world does not revolve around her life in New York.
One-sided emails can be confusing.
This entire book is presented ...more
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Most importantly, I can think of at least a half-dozen girls I would recommend thi ...more
Amy's best friend moves away for the year and this is the story of how Amy deals with that. It's written in a long series of emails, which could have been annoying but wasn't.
Amy befriends a series of oddball characters through her need to complete a homework assignment and their strangeness combined with Amy's sarcasm and wit make ...more
Amy, I mean. She is inconsiderate and doesn't even care what Callie has to say. That isn't what its like to be young. That is selfishness. Very selfish. Like, "Amy is so selfish she likes to sell fish, shell fish and star fish at the seashore."
She is also prejudiced. She thinks Beryl lives on a completely different planet because he is just religious.
I repeat: What an ass.
She also has anger issues. One of Beryl's siblings was teasing her aboit dating Beryl when she wasn't, she ...more
This book is written in email from, and is funny and entertaining. I love the charachers personality, she is sarcastic and ...more
A fun read. I loved the last 20 or so pages- totally had me laughing. This book captures the awkwardness that is 8th grade. I couldn't really relate to Amy just because she was such a pessimist. Loved the "dream team." Unique writing- it was all written in letter (or rather e-mail) format.
OK, so admittedly, this book was written for tween girls, but it didn't strike a chord with me. I have read countless good children's novels, and this was not one of them. I found Amy, the main character, very annoying. I didn't feel that there was a lot of personal growth throughout the course of the book.
I will give the book to my 12 year old daughter and see what she thinks- I have a feeling she will like it much more than I did.
This is the year that Amy finds out there is life after Callie.
Ultimately a fun read about a very sassy girl.