When hair dye goes wrong, falsies escape during pep rallies, and friends turn to the dark side, Beatrice's 8th-grade year can only be saved by grape bubblegum kisses.
13-year-old Beatrice Peppercorn's heart's desires are to finish her final year in middle school, win the heart of her cutie pie crush and take home the trophy for the spelling competition. Simple, right? Not when Beatrice's arch nemesis gets in her way and a new kid arrives--turning her world upside down.
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I loved this book and was hooked when I saw the main character's name-Beatrice Peppercorn. This just took me back to when I was in middle school and all of the drama that was real and not so real. All of Beatrice's adventures, with and without her friend Shannan made me keep reading to see what would happen next. The boyfriend problems, the Spelling Bee and her trying to help the mysterious new boy just made this a fun, easy read. The author's ability to write the characters who seem so real is just amazing!
What I liked:Grape Bubblegum is an adorable and fun read about being in the 8th grade – in so many ways you’re at the top of the ladder yet it feels like you’re hanging on for dear life! I really enjoyed each of the girls personalities and all of the characters were fully fleshed and so real it brought back horrors. I really felt for Bea because she was always trying to help fix people. What I didn’t like: The book was more character driven than plot driven which I don’t enjoy as much. More… Grade: B+ Ages: 12-15
First off, I'd just like to say I really love the main character's name, Beatrice Peppercorn. With a name like that, I had a feeling this would be a book for me! I'm putting on my middle school-self's hat for this review, going back a few years. This book took me back to that time period of my life when everything seemed so important; so much drama. Beatrice and her best friend Shannan are typical 8th grade girls. They're a little boy crazy, they're interested in hair and clothes, and Beatrice gets into several embarrassing situations. (Didn't we all back then? I know I did.) I liked how the BFFs were so supportive of each other; their relationship felt very realistic. Beatrice navigates the complicated world of middle school--she's attracted to one boy, but then there's the popular mean girl who tries to steal him away. Then there's the boy with the mysterious past who's having issues. When Beatrice tries to help him, he pushes her away. Then there's the spelling bee which Beatrice participates in (not without its own drama). This was a sweet, fun read, something I would have enjoyed as a young girl. Beatrice and Shannan are smart, spirited, modern girls on the verge of high school. I would recommend this book for readers as young as maybe ten years old and up.