Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Awkward - Marni Bates

Synopsis: Mackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she's the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous - not to mention unwelcome - attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, Mackenzie is an Internet sensation, with four million hits and counting. Sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes, she even catches the eye of the most popular guy at school. And that's when life gets really interesting... (From Goodreads)

I love awkwardness. I think it's great. I love awkward people. And this book definitley delivers on the awkward. I mean, the YouTube video that upends Mackenzie's life is the epitome of awkwardness. But it's not just that she's an awkward person, it's that in high school EVERYONE is awkward - whether they'd care to admit it or not. I'd also like to point out the awkwardness of this paragraph that only contains one senetence without the word "awkward.")

This book is what happens when you mix Molly Ringwald and The Princess Diaries. Because, while I was picturing Mackenzie as Taylor Swift - she really had more of the social grace of Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink, not to mention the knack for attracting the popular, but quiet, boys. The story itself had a Princess Diaries feel to it - with the instant fame, the transition from invisible and odd to beautiful and seen, and the paparazzi suddenly storming her school.

It's a bit of an unbelievable scenario - but totally believable at the same time. The book is written so well that everything that happens seems totally plausible. Sudden frienships with rockstars - of course! Free clothes - naturally. Landing the hottest guy in school - well, duh. These are all the things that awkward kids dream of, but it seems so out of reach. Marni Bates awesomelly takes the dream and makes it possible BECAUSE of awkardness. Genius.

Mackenzie is a wonderful and completely relatable character, who would be a great friend to help you navigate through the craziness that is high school. And the cast of characters surrounding her are equally as wonderful. Even with extraordianry circumstances - this IS high school. Awkward is definitely a delightful read and so full of nerd power. I love it.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Awkward - Marni Bates

Synopsis: Mackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she's the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous - not to mention unwelcome - attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, Mackenzie is an Internet sensation, with four million hits and counting. Sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes, she even catches the eye of the most popular guy at school. And that's when life gets really interesting... (From Goodreads)

I love awkwardness. I think it's great. I love awkward people. And this book definitley delivers on the awkward. I mean, the YouTube video that upends Mackenzie's life is the epitome of awkwardness. But it's not just that she's an awkward person, it's that in high school EVERYONE is awkward - whether they'd care to admit it or not. I'd also like to point out the awkwardness of this paragraph that only contains one senetence without the word "awkward.")

This book is what happens when you mix Molly Ringwald and The Princess Diaries. Because, while I was picturing Mackenzie as Taylor Swift - she really had more of the social grace of Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink, not to mention the knack for attracting the popular, but quiet, boys. The story itself had a Princess Diaries feel to it - with the instant fame, the transition from invisible and odd to beautiful and seen, and the paparazzi suddenly storming her school.

It's a bit of an unbelievable scenario - but totally believable at the same time. The book is written so well that everything that happens seems totally plausible. Sudden frienships with rockstars - of course! Free clothes - naturally. Landing the hottest guy in school - well, duh. These are all the things that awkward kids dream of, but it seems so out of reach. Marni Bates awesomelly takes the dream and makes it possible BECAUSE of awkardness. Genius.

Mackenzie is a wonderful and completely relatable character, who would be a great friend to help you navigate through the craziness that is high school. And the cast of characters surrounding her are equally as wonderful. Even with extraordianry circumstances - this IS high school. Awkward is definitely a delightful read and so full of nerd power. I love it.

2 comments:

  1. Hello,
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  2. I love that you describe this a mix of Molly Ringwald and The Princess Diaries, I have a hilarious picture in my head now of what this book is like. Great review, definitely love the idea of a character who is so awkward.

    ReplyDelete