TBH, This Is SO Awkward: a novel in text by Lisa Greenwald

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

Summary:  Cecily, Prianka, and Gabrielle are BFF’s who love to text, and their messages to one another make up the bulk of this book.  A new girl, Victoria, is desperate to make friends; Cecily’s willing to give her a chance, but Prianka and Gabrielle find her annoying.  There are the requisite mean girls, and Cecily also finds herself bonding with one of them, particularly after a fight with Prianka and Gabrielle leaves her needing a new confidante.  The texts are occasionally supplemented with homework assignments and diary entries that give the reader a little more insight into the characters.  Bullying, boys, a dance, and parental monitoring of texts are all covered in this series opener.  224 pages; grades 3-6.

Pros:  It was inevitable…a book told in texts. The format is as addictive as an iPhone, and even reluctant readers will find this a quick and easy read.

Cons:  Emojis really don’t take the place of well-crafted prose.

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