Finished TBH, This is So Awkward by Lisa Greenwald. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“Told entirely in text messages, this addictive new series from the acclaimed author of My Life in Pink & Green is perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Wendy Mass.
To be honest, middle school is rough! Cecily, Gabby, and Prianka have been BFFAE since pre-K, so it’s totally natural when they don’t include the new girl, Victoria, in their plans and group texts.
Between organizing the school Valentine’s Day dance, prepping for their first boy-girl party, and trying to keep their texts so boring their moms won’t use spy apps to read them, the friends only have time for each other.
But when Victoria is accidentally sent a hurtful text message, the entire sixth grade gets called out for bullying, cell phones are confiscated, and the trio known as CPG4Eva is forced to figure out just how strong their friendships are IRL.”
There are middlegrade novels that will transcend their intended audiences. This is not one of them (and that’s okay). I think the target audience will find a lot to enjoy here and there’s a good lesson (even if it’s not really a subtle one).
The idea of cyberbullying isn’t a new one, but this book discusses the blatant kind (one of the girls accidentally says something mean about another in the wrong group chat text) and the insidious kind (exclusion without any overt meanness attached). I think it’s easy to consider only one kind of behavior bullying, but ignoring people can be almost as bad.
I think young readers will still enjoy it, even though the format by its nature keeps the book fairly superficial. It’s a fast, easy and fun read.