Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child
written by Maria T. Lennon
published by HarperCollins
Why did I pick this book: I was asked by a publicist to review this book. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It took a bit for me to get into it, I think that’s because I am not the target demographic, but once I got about 75 pages in, I could not put it down.
This was a good story for young girls. A good lesson to be learned. You can be fashionable and still be nice. You can change from your old ways. You can make a difference.
It was fun to watch Charlie’s transformation throughout this book. She should be proud of herself. There were the normal cast of characters – the cliques, the mean girls, the nerds, the outcast. But as with almost all people, you can’t judge a book by its cover. You never know what someone is going through. Marta was a tragic but determined young girl. She was surprising, but somewhat predictable (if you are an older reader).
All-in-all, this was a worthy read. And an enjoyable one.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to any middle grade girl and their moms.
Will I read it again: I probably will, maybe even before my daughter is old enough to read it. I will definitely read the sequel, Watch Out, Hollywood!: More Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child. It is supposed to be released sometime this summer.
About the book: Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child stars hilariously spunky recovering bully and tween hacker Charlie Cooper, who gets expelled from her fancy Malibu Charter School for a prank gone wrong and finds herself “shrinked” for middle child syndrome and getting more than she bargained for at her new school in the ueber hippy community of Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles.
In Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child, Maria Lennon has created a fresh and fun story that brings “Mean Girls” to the tween level, peppered with snarky comments, major attitude, and advice to spare from Charlie Cooper, whose virtues, flaws, fears and sheer humanity promise to hit home among young girls, braving middle school in the 21th century, with all the pressures that come with it: popularity, bullying, social media, the list goes on.