Monday, January 13, 2014

Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child, by Maria T. Lennon

I have recently read Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child by Maria T. Lennon.

Charlie C. Cooper is a gifted hacker, a changed bully and a middle child. She moves to Los Angeles to have a “fresh start” after putting laxatives in her school lunch and getting expelled.  She wants to start all over and make popular friends in her new school. But there’s one problem. Her therapist sends her on a mission to find the most unpopular, loneliest and bullied girl in school and befriend her.

I definitely liked this book. It didn’t take long before it caught my attention. There are also some very good morals in the story. For example, it’s showing the reader that doing what’s popular isn’t always the right thing to do.  I personally think it was a good point to address.  Lastly, it covers topics that middle school students go through such as bullying, popularity and trying to fit in.

I would recommend this book to preteen girls, especially if they’re middle children. They will be able understand Charlie more than any other readers because they would recognize themselves in her character. People who like reading about mean girls will like this book. Last, if anyone is a fan of Harry Houdini or gymnastics then they should definitely read this book.

-Tara Voyard
7th grader

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