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George by Alex Gino
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really liked it
bookshelves: 4-star, contemporary, middle-grade, read-2016

omgggg I AM HAVING AN EMOTION. Maybe even two emotions (which is a lot for my Vulcan soul). George is a downright adorable and heartwarming book. I wasn't sure if I'd like it purely because I usually struggle with being engaged with MG, but the voice and writing were PERFECT and the story was completely engaging and I adored George herself. Seriously, by the end I was grinning like a complete goofy grape. THIS BOOK. MY HEART. <3

There are so many things to love in this book. A huge one is the emphasis on Charlotte's Web, which is a freakishly fantastic book. I highly approve of George's infatuation with Charlotte. I highly disapprove of the school LETTING THE YEAR 1 CHILDREN READ THIS OMG. WAY TO TRAUMATISE ALL THE KIDS. I'm crying still just thinking about Charlotte's Web. (Why were children's books so horrible back then omg?) Ahem. SO. Child-traumatising aside, I love how George decided she needed to play Charlotte to kind of give her the confidence to come out, and also just to show people she was a girl. Sometimes actions are easier than words and I appreciate that and it made George really relatable.

George was totally adorable. I adored her friendship with, Kelly. And Kelly...afjdksald the way she accepted George was so beautiful. (And should just be the normal reaction tbh.) I honestly just wanted the world to love George because she was so incredibly loveable and. omg. #feelings

Also my favourite moment... has to be how hard George found it to smile/be happy at the beginning and then at the end NO ONE HAD TO TELL HER TO SMILE. (I won't tell you why, because #spoilers, but it just made me smile. It was so beautiful.)

The story is, of course, not without its conflict and hard moments. But I really appreciated that it was an uplifting story. And George really did feel like a 10 year old, so that was awesome. The writing just seemed effortless and I just wanted to swallow the whole book in one bite. Also, speaking of eating (because somehow I always end up reviewing books like they're food omg), I highly appreciate the amount of delicious food that was consumed in this novel. Applause.

ALL IN ALL: I totally surprised myself with how much I loved it! It's cute and totally snabbled my heart and it's one of the best written MG books I've gobbled for a while. It did take me a while to get into the story, but eh. Whatever. ADORABLE BOOK IS ADORABLE. AND HAPPY.
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Reading Progress

August 17, 2016 – Started Reading
August 17, 2016 – Shelved
August 18, 2016 – Shelved as: 4-star
August 18, 2016 – Shelved as: contemporary
August 18, 2016 – Shelved as: middle-grade
August 18, 2016 – Shelved as: read-2016
August 18, 2016 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by I'mogén (new) - added it

I'mogén This sounds absolutely amazing! I really need to read it!


Caroline Yesss this book gave me so many emotions!!


Allyson This book looks so great. Really nice review, I will read it soon.


bhavi I LOVE this book. It is my heart and soul! I am so glad you enjoyed it <3


message 5: by ella (new) - added it

ella You should read Keeper of the Lost Cities, it's the MG book that I keep commenting on your Instagram account and going on about XD


Sophia I'm so glad you liked it!! I made it my staff pick in the store I work at because it's just such an important book to read & just so ADORABLE.


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

yea! continue on reviewing books like food! yea! whooohoooo!


La Coccinelle Interesting. While I liked the premise and all that, I thought that the kids didn't seem like 10-year-olds. Weird that we came to opposite conclusions!


message 9: by ClaireEva (new)

ClaireEva Cait what age group would you say this is targetted for?


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