It took me the longest time to finish these 5 books but I loved every single one of them. I think my favorite here are Save Me a Seat and Lucky Broken Girl. Beautiful covers! I loved the dual perspectives in Save Me a Seat. Both authors captured what it is like to be struggling in school for different reasons– because you are embarassed your mom is the noon duty supervisor, or because you are the new Indian kid with the strangest lunch and you can’t eat meat. You can struggle because you are average, or struggle because you stand out. There really is no winning in middle school! This is what I love about middle grade novels. They capture a weird time in your life, and if we are being honest we are all just bigger middle schoolers!
I loved Lucky Broken Girl because it is a beautiful book about immigrants, and it captures how a girl feels when she is stuck in a cast and can’t live her life. (You’ll notice I use the word “capture” a lot because that is what I think books do. They capture a slice of life or even better, inner thoughts, on paper.) It’s a really inspring book! I love the description of New York too.
Becoming Madeleine was a biography I’d been looking forward to reading because I recently got into A Wrinkle Time quintet. Despite who she may have been, I really admire Madeleine L’Engle for her imagination and strong will. It couldn’t have been easy to be different and to have such a strong conviction on life as a woman back then, and now. I’ll continue reading Madeleine’s work.
I just realized that You Go First also has dual perspectives, like Save Me a Seat! Can I just say I love Isabel Roxas’s covers? When I get rich I’m buying prints of my fav book covers and putting them all over my place. I love the nerdy boy and nerdy girls’ online friendship. I didn’t relate to it quite so much as Kelly’s other books, but as a 12-year-old this would’ve been like my diary.
Last but not least, I finally read All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook! It was amazing/a slow burn/special. It’s one of a kind! I loved all the characters in it-the inmates, Perry, the adoptive family, Perry’s mom. There is so much strength in this book. 💪🏼
From these 5 books I’ve learned to honor each person’s struggles and to believe in our own inner strength. Because we are all much stronger than we appear to be.