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Book Review: “Just Jaime” by Terri Libenson

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Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Series: Emmie & Friends
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

ABOUT: Friends. Frenemies. Middle school…

The last day of seventh grade has Jaime and Maya wondering who their real friends are.

Jaime knows something is off with her friend group. They’ve started to exclude her and make fun of the way she dresses and the things she likes. At least she can count on her BFF, Maya, to have her back . . . right?

Maya feels more and more annoyed with Jaime, who seems babyish compared to the other girls in their popular group. It’s like she has nothing in common with Jai anymore. Are their days as BFFs numbered . . . ?

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My Review:
Another fantastic read from Terri Libenson! Navigating friendships is a timeless, relatable endeavor.

I like that Jaime is her 100% authentic self through everything that happens and even acknowledges her flaws and how her actions might have affected others. Briana just wanted to fit in – appearances really matter at this age – and I liked that by the end she (and Jaime too) is changed for the better.

The author executes the realism of the conflict through well described and drawn internal/external conflicts. The reappearance of past characters was a nice surprise. And, of course, Libenson’s illustrations dazzled and delighted me.

I read this book in one sitting and I can’t wait to read her next book, Becoming Briana, when it comes out next year! Libenson writes great books and is a wonderful storyteller and illustrator. She expertly captures the essence of middle school life in all it’s great and terrible glory.

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