Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom

Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom

by Booki Vivat

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Meet Abbie Wu. Abbie is in crisis—and not just because she’s starting middle school or because she’s stuck in a family that doesn’t quite get her or because everyone seems to have a Thing except her. Abbie Wu is always in crisis.

From debut author and professional doodler Booki Vivat, Frazzled dives right into the mind of


Meet Abbie Wu. Abbie is in crisis—and not just because she’s starting middle school or because she’s stuck in a family that doesn’t quite get her or because everyone seems to have a Thing except her. Abbie Wu is always in crisis.

From debut author and professional doodler Booki Vivat, Frazzled dives right into the mind of this hilariously neurotic middle school girl as she tries to figure out who she is and where she belongs. Akin to Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Frazzled is heavily illustrated, embarrassingly honest, and sure to appeal to anyone in the middle of figuring out how to survive the everyday disasters of growing up.

"Honest, sweet, and laugh-out-loud funny," raves "Fans of Smile and Diary of a Wimpy Kid will appreciate this debut."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Abbie Wu, a beleaguered middle child who is daunted to enter middle school, knows that “nothing good ever happens in the Middles,” as evidenced by the Middle Ages and the middle seat of the car. Yet her best friends are jumping right into middle school life and even having fun in their various electives, leaving Abbie feeling like a “sad reject pastry” in desperate need of a “thing” of her own. As the injustices of the middle school cafeteria mount, Abbie discovers a talent for social—or at least lunchroom—leadership. Could community organizing be her “thing”? Vivat’s funny, quick-moving debut skips along even faster thanks to the endearing doodles that appear throughout, punctuating Abbie’s travails with chibi-esque emotional outbursts featuring flailing limbs, speed lines, and exaggerated typography. Though this is, at heart, a straightforward story of social adjustment, Abbie and her supporting cast show real depth as they learn that passions can change, “not everything has to work out,” and no matter how confident some people may seem, “the truth is, no one really knows for sure.” Ages 8–12. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.)
The Horn Book
“Newcomer Vivat’s novel, with its hyperbolic text and superabundant adrenaline-filled cartoon drawings...has plenty of appeal, but it’s the clever plot that gives the story depth.”
“Honest, sweet, and laugh-out-loud funny,”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Abbie’s wisecracks and observations, coupled with her remarkable gift for hyperbole, will keep readers laughing, while her challenges will have them relating. It’s an amusing romp perfect for those with their own concerns about the middles...”
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Middle child and soon-to-be middle schooler Abbie Wu is in major need of crisis control. Her fear and anxiety have her constantly freaking out, especially when it comes to sixth grade. Abbie's mom doesn't understand why she's stressed, and her perfect siblings aren't helping the situation, either. Because Abbie couldn't decide on an elective class, she's been assigned to study hall. Her two best friends actually enjoy school and have found activities they're passionate about. Not having a "Thing" like everyone else is making Abbie feel left behind. The only part of school she's looking forward to is the cafeteria lunches, which include pizza, fries, and cookies. When Abbie discovers that sixth graders are forbidden from eating those foods, she organizes an underground lunch exchange. The success of her food rebellion gives Abbie the confidence to find her voice and, ultimately, her "Thing." Abbie's phobias and worries are charmingly depicted in this heavily illustrated hybrid novel. The humorous, doodlelike artwork makes her struggles entertaining and relatable. VERDICT Share this title with fans of Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series and anyone who will appreciate rooting for a witty underdog.—Sophie Kenney, Glencoe Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-06-28
Abbie Wu, Chinese-American preteen and worrywart, is doomed.She’s about to start Pointdexter Middle School, and “nothing good ever happens in the Middles.” Added to her doom is a family who doesn’t get her. Baby sister Clara is annoyingly cute. Big brother Peter is a legend for being good at everything. And Mom never worries about anything, while Abbie seems to have written the textbook on anxiety. At school, Abbie figures at least lunch will be an improvement, with “REAL food,” but instead, she comes face to face with the injustice of the eighth-grade–only lunch line. Worse, she must choose an elective, and her nerves explode because choosing one feels like declaring her Thing, which she does not have, unlike her best friends, Maxine and Logan, who sign up for drama and coding respectively and without any doubts. With no elective chosen, Abbie is assigned to study hall, a place with suck-ups, slackers, troublemakers, and loners. And the fun begins. Debut author Vivat writes and illustrates a funny, neurotic, and delightful girl with a heart as big as her worries. The extensively illustrated novel packs a punch with fresh, lively pencil-and-ink drawings and lettering that set each mood perfectly. The multicultural cast of characters, including kooky Aunt Lisa and scary Ms. Skelter, turns up the charm and humor scale. A hilarious Asian-American heroine guaranteed to provoke laughs—not anxiety. (Fiction. 8-13)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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5.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Tara Sands is an American voice actress, television host, and actress. She is well known as the voice of Anna Kyoyama in Shaman King,
Mokuba Kaiba in the English adaptation of the second series Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, as well as Chase on Fighting Foodons. Born in Hartford,
Connecticut, and raised in New Jersey, Sands studied theater at Hofstra
University, and has had a steady stream of voice acting work since high school.
Much of her work is in anime dubbing, with multiple roles in such franchises as
Slayers and Pokémon. Sands has also narrated numerous audiobooks, including
Wendelin Van Draanen’s Sammy Keyes series and Ellen Potter’s Olivia Kidney series. In addition to providing voiceovers, Sands has appeared on-camera in commercials, including as the ‘Office Cheerleader’ in a series for Lipton’s
Cup-a-Soup and television series, including, Everybody Hates Chris. Tara is also a successful television host whose credits include: Cartoon Network’s weekly block, Fridays and major red carpet premieres.

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