Friday, November 18, 2011

Something to Blog About

Title: Something to Blog About
Category: Realistic
Grades: 6-9
Author: Shana Norris
Publisher: Amulet Books
Date: 2008
Pages: 246

Libby Fawcett is failing chemistry.  However, that’s not nearly enough to stop her from agreeing to tutor Seth, her crush since the eighth grade.  With her best friend Keisha, and her cousin Roger (who is busy trying to get Keisha’s attention), Libby has to find a way both to pass and to win Seth’s heart.  Unfortunately, Angel Rivera, prettiest girl in school, who already has a thing for tormenting Libby, likes Seth too.  To make matters worse, Libby’s mom and Angel’s dad have been dating behind their backs for months.  But when Angel finds a way into Libby’s password-protected blog and spills her secrets all over the school, Libby is sure that Angel has won and she will never be able to face school again.

There are absolutely no surprises in this book.  It ends exactly how we expect, the characters are stereotyped and predictable, and the story is not unique.  Yet with all that said, Something to Blog About is a truly charming example of its genre, a warm and funny tale, and a great read for its intended audience.  Written for younger teens and tweens, this age group will absolutely relate to Libby’s feelings of insecurity, her confusion over the opposite sex, and to the troubles she has with Angel at school.  Norris even manages to shed some light into Angel’s character, and if the ending is a little too good to be true, we still are glad we ended up there.


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