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Awkward by Marni Bates
Published by Kensington Publishing
Pages: 300
Ages: Young Adult
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository
Publishers Summary:

I’m Mackenzie Wellesley, and I’ve spent my life avoiding the spotlight. But that was four million hits ago…
Blame it on that grade school ballet recital, when I tripped and pulled the curtain down, only to reveal my father kissing my dance instructor. At Smith High, I’m doing a pretty good job of being the awkward freshman people only notice when they need help with homework. Until I send a burly football player flying with my massive backpack, and make a disastrous—not to mention unwelcome—attempt at CPR. Just when I think it’s time for home schooling, the whole fiasco explodes on Youtube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, I’m the latest sensation, sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes. I even catch the eye of the most popular guy at school. That’s when life gets really interesting….

Mackenzie Wellesley is just…awkward. She tries hard to blend in, not make waves and generally be an “Invisible”. Unfortunately for her life seems to want more out of her than simply heading to classes and chatting with her two best friends, Jane and Corey. When she’s suddenly in the midst of the “it” group at school, the Notables, she immediately goes into extreme awkward mode. What’s worse is when she stumbles and attempts to “save” the life of a fellow student she doesn’t realize that the whole scene will soon be played out millions of times on YouTube. With instant fame on her hands Mackenzie struggles to determine where she fits and hopes that one day soon life will return to it’s normal awkwardness.

Most of us can probably relate to Mackenzie on some level, especially if you happen to have been a bit of a book nerd or band geek like myself during high school. It’s one of those rights of passage I used to tell myself. Fortunately for those of us like Mackenzie, in the end we discover there are quite a few more people out there like us and a lot less like the Notables in Awkward. Author Marni Bates has created not only an enjoyable story, but despite the extremity of Mackenzie’s circumstances she’s a character you can’t help but relate to. In many of Mackenzie’s situations I couldn’t help but I have my own personal flashbacks of near constant rambling at the site of a cute boy and even the one time I slipped and fell in a puddle of grease on the first day of middle school. Yes, I could absolutely relate to Mackenzie. Thankfully for me YouTube had yet to be created so my more awkward moments will only live on in my own memory and not for my posterity for years to come.

One of the themes throughout Awkward that struck me was the importance of friendship. Mackenzie’s life, pre-YouTube, centered around school, her two friends Jane & Corey, her family and her tutoring of Notable Logan. After her instant fame hits not only do her friends stick by her side, but she remains grounded through them and her family. It was refreshing to read a book about a normal girl who wasn’t instantly swept away into what would never be reality, because who really does that? Mackenzie, her friends and especially her brother Dylan made the book shine through their love for one another. As for her blossoming friendship with the very handsome and elusive Logan…lets just say I couldn’t wait for those last few pages to see how things turned out.

Awkward by Marni Bates is a book for anyone who is attempting to survive or has survived the tumultuous time that is high school. Navigating those murky waters and getting out under the radar is the best some of us can/have hoped for, but Mackenzie Wellesley slams head first in the water as the largest blip on that very shiny radar screen. Her awkwardness and her love for her friends and family make Mackenzie a character that not only I related to instantly but one I’m certain other readers will as well. That alone would be enough to draw me, but there’s also a bit of romance that has you yearning for a very happy ending. This was one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve picked up in a long time and I’m beyond excited to see what else Marni Bates publishes in the future!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 11 and up. Ever felt like the odd man out or like all you hope for is to get by without being “seen”? Marni Bates’s novel Awkward is the perfect book for you! Friendship, popularity, individuality and more. Awkward is a coming of age book that will have you laughing and nodding your head in remembrance of things past.

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Thank you so much to the publisher, Kensington Publishing, and the author, Marni Bates, for providing a copy of this book for review! Connect with Marni on Twitter and on her website!
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3 Responses to Book Review: Awkward by Marni Bates

  1. Steffanie says:

    What a great book review for us!This is indeed very interesting…Thanks a lot!

  2. PragmaticMom says:

    My 6th grade daughter will love this! Thanks!

  3. MissOmg !! says:

    Omg !!! i just bought this book yesterday and Could NOT put it down !!!! you are truly ana amazing writer !! Thanks for writing such an awesome book

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