Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quote: (from Author’s Dedication Page) “To all you readers, who should never be branded as anything except ‘awesome.'”
Summary (via Goodreads):
Middle school is all about labels.
Izzy is the dreamer. There’s nothing Izzy loves more than acting in skits and making up funny stories. The downside? She can never quite focus enough to get her schoolwork done.
Bri is the brain. But she wants people to see there’s more to her than just a report card full of As. At the same time, she wishes her mom would accept her the way she is and stop bugging her to “break out of her shell” and join drama club.
The girls’ lives converge in unexpected ways on the day of a school talent show, which turns out to be even more dramatic than either Bri or Izzy could have imagined.
Positively Izzy is a really great, entertaining story. I loved both Izzy and Brianna as main characters. Their middle school experience is very relatable as they try to be more than the label others have perceived them as.
The two narratives could be their own separate books but they flowed naturally together. However, I found them completely unrelated at times, which made for a confusing reading experience at times. I kept wondering when the two characters would meet or when would their stories align. And then…BAM! The ending came and it all finally started to make sense and I loved the book even more.
Terri Libenson is a wonderful storyteller. The book was so creative and witty, although a too adult for middle graders in a few places. The illustrations were fantastic, funny, and so expressive. They really made the story a more enjoyable read.
I would read more books by this author.