A review by Domoni.
I would first like to thank the author for the chance to read her book in exchange for an honest review.
Katie is an average 13 year old preparing for eighth grade to start. She spent the summer trying to get in better with her friend Anica so she could be in the popular clique at school. Katie would do anything to be one of the pretty people. Her family doesn’t have money and Katie never has nice new clothes. With a mom who always points out how she isn’t skinny enough and a dad who moved on to his new family and has no time or care for her, Katie feels like she can’t win. So when Anica suggests they shoplift some new clothes at the mall, Katie is in. When they get busted Anica tells her friends it was all Katie’s fault, and Katie has to use all the money she earned over the summer to pay for the stolen clothes even when her mom forces her to donate them to a thrift store. Now how will Katie get in good with Amy, the girl she most adores and her clique? When she catches her middle school idol throwing up in the bathroom after lunch, Katie starts to think maybe she can change things after all.
This story instantly grabs you. Any woman should be able to connect with the feelings and anxiety that Katie goes through. Her inner dialogue reminds me so much of my life at 12 to 14. Katie loves her friends but she longs to be one of the more popular girls and then maybe her crush would be interested in her and her mom wouldn’t make her feel so bad. Things of course go wrong and we get to the depth of this story.
This is not your peppy coming of age story. It covers many problem areas for today’s youth; divorce, drinking, smoking, shop lifting, bullying, body image issues, and suicide. This book does an amazing job of really putting these topics out there in a way that a young girl can relate to. And it does all of that without coming across as preachy. It is an engaging story and I loved how each character was brought in to serve a special purpose.
Katie’s got a good group of friends. Her closest friends are Carly, an athletic girl who doesn’t seem to understand why Katie wants to be friends with the popular clique and Dominic, an average boy who seems to know and get along with almost everyone. He is no fan of the popular girls that Katie so wants to be a part. When the new cute boy catches Katie’s attention, he of course catches the attention of Amy and Katie’s jealousy is crushing.
There is so much honesty to this story and it’s characters. There is no real singular reason why Katie is pushed to do what she does. Each time she chooses to binge it is little things that push her over, but little things can bring down a mountain and definitely can affect a 13 year old girl who just wants to feel like she fits in and is accepted. This book touched me and I recommend it to all readers who ever felt like they just didn’t fit in.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
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