School is almost out for the summer! Work has been so busy lately. It always seems to get crazy right before the end of the school year due to all the end of the year activities. I’ve been reading like normal, but my reviewing has been slow so I’m pretty behind in my reviews.
I recently read Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade) by Denise Vega.
Seventh-grader Erin Swift has a talent for computers, a love of Snickers, and big feet that are great for soccer and useless for dancing. She has a lot on her mind: a new school where she and her best friend Jilly are separated for the first time in school, a crush on the Cure Boy in her home room, and leading the school intranet project. Then real disaster strikes, and Erin sets off a surprising journey to self-discovery – and the many meanings of cherry-flavored Tootsie Pops.
I picked this book up after I stumbled across it in the return bin at school. I saw the cover and thought it looked like a cute middle grades read and I must say that I really enjoyed this book.
Did you have that part of yourself you weren’t happy with? Like your hair, or your braces, or your nose…whatever! For Erin Swift it’s her feet – they’re big and she is incredibly insecure about them. I totally felt like Erin did in middle school (doesn’t everyone?!) so I can relate to having an awkward middle school experience. Erin is very self-conscious and unsure of navigating the halls of Molly Brown Middle School but she is also funny and smart and talented with computers, and graphic design. So talented that she earns an important spot on the school’s Intranet Club. Erin’s troubles don’t just center around her huge feet though, but instead she deals with a maybe “not-so best friend”, the mean popular girl in school, and then to make matters worse the whole school knows her innermost secrets!
Erin is likable and her struggles are easily relatable to anyone who has experienced middle school. Her inner thoughts and fears are all displayed on her own private website, that only she (and us!) get to see. What I really find relatable about Erin is that she is sometimes just as mean as those who antagonize her. Who hasn’t said horrible things about the mean people in your life while venting to a friend?! I know I have, and that’s one thing I appreciated about Erin-she has her flaws like we all do.
As a blogger I loved the internet/blog theme Vega weaves throughout Click Here (to go along with Erin’s favorite hobby). Even the pages have tabs at the top like a website would! It’s all very cute without being overdone.
My only complaint is that some of the characters are pretty stereotypical and not very complex, Serena most of all. However, Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived the Seventh Grade) is a fun read and I recommend it to any one who has survived middle school and anyone who is afraid they might not.
Author: Denise Vega
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 5, 2006)
Length: 224 pages
Series: First in a series of two
Buy the Book: Click Here (to find out how i survived seventh grade)