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Meet Charlie C. Cooper, reformed bully, misguided fashionista, and so-called middle child! Fans of Louise Rennison, Harriet the Spy, and Mean Girls will cheer when they meet her. This fresh tween coming-of-age story is an honest look at bullying and the obstacles of middle school from talented screenwriter Maria T. Lennon. Extras in the back of the paperback offer tidbits about famous middle children (including Abraham Lincoln and Madonna) and a special interview with heroine ...
Meet Charlie C. Cooper, reformed bully, misguided fashionista, and so-called middle child! Fans of Louise Rennison, Harriet the Spy, and Mean Girls will cheer when they meet her. This fresh tween coming-of-age story is an honest look at bullying and the obstacles of middle school from talented screenwriter Maria T. Lennon. Extras in the back of the paperback offer tidbits about famous middle children (including Abraham Lincoln and Madonna) and a special interview with heroine Charlie herself.
Both seriously funny and poignant, this story follows the hilarious Charlie as she tries to fit in at her new school in Los Angeles. As a middle child, she knows what it feels like to be overlooked. To get attention, she resorts to becoming a prankster, which leads to big trouble. So her therapist gives her a seventh-grade mission—she must turn over a new leaf, find the most bullied girl at her school ("Marta the Farta"), and become her friend.
Charlie faces down the mean girls and decides between right and wrong once and for all. And she does it all in turquoise Doc Martens boots! As Charlie learns to help Marta, she uncovers the meaning of true friendship and impresses new crush Bobby along the way.
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Posted January 14, 2014
A fun read for adults, a great message for kids.
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.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Posted January 9, 2014
‘Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child’ is truly humorous! It is an ideal book for the very young and older YA, too. This story centers
on the second child in a family of five…you are correct – the middle child!
Having been expelled from one school, her family moves to a different location where her father was able to get a job he enjoyed and
Charlie was to cause no problems and visit a therapist every week. When the long summer ends and a new school year begins, Charlie
will agree to almost anything to discontinue the therapy. Will she live to regret it? The therapist’s requirement was almost more than she
could bear! Can she really succeed in such an impossible task?
The reader will experience the “roller-coaster” of events that evolves. It will be especially enlightening to any of you “middle” children.
Charlie tries to “walk a middle line” but soon discovers it is not at all easy to do that.
I personally have seen this scenario actually happen in my life in two separate occasions. It isn’t at all a “far-fetched” tale.
The book cover is delightful and very fitting to the story line. It is colorful and eye-catching. The title is whimsically applicable to the story.
The book is fun, clean and well written in the first person. At first the “flow” of the writing seemed a little disrupted but then improved and
ended “with a bang”! Four this reason, though, I cannot give it a full Five Stars rating, so I rate it with a Four and a Half Stars.
*This was sent to me for an honest review, of which I have given.
Posted August 12, 2014
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