Book Reviews

Book Review: Becoming Brianna by Terri Libenson

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Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Series: Emmie & Friends #4
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Middle school is full of challenges.

Everyone knows how much brainy Bri likes the spotlight (not). So why did she ever agree to something that forces her to learn a new language, give a speech, help organize a party, and juggle drama at school and home?! As the big event inches closer, Bri wonders if it’s all worth it. . . .

Told in alternating past and present chapters, Bri’s heartwarming story unfolds over the eight months leading up to her bat mitzvah–as well as over the course of the big day itself.


My Review: I loved the Emmie & Friends series so much and this new book has made me love it even more! Becoming Brianna had me hooked from page one. I was eager to see how she would overcome having a bat mitzvah (with only 8 months to prepare), middle school drama, and her best friend, Emmie’s, close friendship with someone else.

Terri Libenson is a very talented artist, writer, and storyteller. Her stories are always so captivating and relatable, tackling middle school aged issues big and small. She’s so good at juxtaposing the past and present. It’d be difficult for a reader to not walk away from this creative story without thinking at last one “been there, done that.”

I wish these books had been around when I was Brianna’s age. They would have helped so much – such as with public speaking – and made life a bit easier and more understandable. I wasn’t a huge reader then, but I’m positive this series would have turned me into a bookworm.

I loved getting to know Brianna and reuniting with past characters. I also loved the art – so imaginative and funny! I adored Rabbi Nosanchuk and Brianna’s friend Dev.

This was such a great read! When I received my copy of Becoming Brianna I was surprised by how thick the book was. The other books are much thinner. But the story never dragged. Everything fell into place quite nicely.

I’m so glad to have read this book and series!

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