Things I Liked:
This book was a sweet story about a kid learning that the things you want in life aren't always what you get. I loved Zoe and totally remember when I wanted things and instead I got something else (like a Cabbage Patch kid that my mother made instead of purchased). I laughed through all of the lunchroom scenes, especially when Zoe is sitting with the boys. This is a light and fun book with interesting characters and a useful message that won't hit kids right over the head. Here are a few of my favorite parts:
"Had Lester Rennet ever seen a school lunchroom? Did he understand that the lunchroom is a jungle, where sixth-grade beasts stalk the weak and dorky? Unfolding a revolutionary paper keyboard would be like picking a scab in a pool of sharks - the scent of blood would cause a frenzy." p 12
"I don't exactly know what smitten means, but it sounds okay, like I wouldn't mind if Colton Shell was smitten. Like it might actually be kind of good to have somebody smittening me." p 103Things I Didn't Like:
I have to admit to being annoyed at times with her parents. I think that was part of the book's appeal, though. Zoe is annoyed as well and we tend to feel the same way.
Reminded me of Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Also Shug by Jenny Han and Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
Overall rating: ****
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