Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

What a perfectly adorable book! In this middle school nod to Cyrano de Bergerac, Gracie’s best friend Sienna begins going out with Gracie’s secret crush, AJ. Frozen by the prospect of texting with AJ, Sienna has Gracie compose witty messages to him.

The characters are so wonderful and lovable that I wasn’t bothered in the slightest by how predictable the story was. I simply wanted to spend more time with them and have everything work out in the end.

I was astounded by how authentically Rachel Vail was able to capture how it feels to be in eighth grade and have your friends, who have all been friends basically forever, suddenly start to “like like” each other and awkwardly traverse this new terrain.

However, reading this book was much more bearable than actually being in eighth grade because Gracie is so charming and funny! Gracie’s clever, wry observations and self-deprecating humor channeled Princess Mia from Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries in a way I didn’t think was possible. (Even Meg herself rated it 5 stars on Goodreads!). Overall, I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet and fast read, no matter how many years stand between you and eighth grade.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC VAIL)

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