Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Summary (via Goodreads):
This is the story of two totally different girls—quiet, shy, artistic Emmie and popular, outgoing, athletic Katie—and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands.
A pretty cool graphic novel featuring two very polar opposite kids and their experience in middle school.
Emmie is virtually invisible, seen and heard by no one but her best friend Brianna. This makes surviving the craziness of middle school almost impossible, torture even.
Katie is what you imagine the stereotypical most popular girl in school to be (minus the meanness). Life in middle school is easy for her, or “lucky” as she refers to it.
So when these two personalities intersect, it’s really interesting to see the shift in their lives. And all because of note getting into the absolutely worst person’s hands. It’s a back and forth of this is the worst thing and best thing that has every happened type of thing.
The story is well told. The artwork adds such a humorous dynamic to the whole situation. I really love the author’s illustrations and how she blends traditional text with speech bubble texts (like you’d expect in a real cartoon).
I liked how the story ended for Emmie but found Katie’s ending unrealistic (or at least a very rare thing to happen).
Terri Libenson has quickly become a favorite author/illustrator of mine. I can’t wait to read more books by her.