Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: Awkward by Marni Bates

Awkward by Marni Bates
Release Date: January 1, 2012 
Publisher: Kensington Teen 
Source: Library 
Mackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she's the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous - not to mention unwelcome - attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, Mackenzie is an Internet sensation, with four million hits and counting. Sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes, she even catches the eye of the most popular guy at school. And that's when life gets really interesting...
I’ve been on a contemporary kick as of late and I’ve liked most of the ones I’ve read and Awkward was no exception! I’d heard only positive comments about this novel so I was eager to get my hands on it. Awkward was just as funny, quirky, and awkward as everyone said it would be. It’s worth your time to give this story of an awkward girl a chance. She’ll make you cringe, shake your head, and laugh throughout her funny tale of how she became famous!

Mackenzie, is without a doubt, AWKWARD. She can be insecure at times, especially when it comes to her crush (but than again, who ISN’T self-conscious around their crush in high school?) and the dreaded popular girl. Believe it or not, while the characters of this novel would seem clich├ęd, they’re not. Marni Bates has a way of making Mackenzie equally smart, equally funny, and well, equally awkward! As I read this story, I felt back for Mackenzie but then I rooted for her too. Some times I wanted to shake her and tell her what’s good is RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER and other times, I wanted to hurt her! As the story continues though, Mackenzie become stronger and more self aware than she was in the beginning. She’s gone through a lot and it’s shone her who her friends really are.

I just HAVE to mention the romance and the best friend. First of all, I called the guy that Mackenzie was going to end up with. He liked her throughout the novel; they had their share of banter and sexual tension but her love interest was a really nice guy. He cared about Mackenzie and they did have normal conversations and best of all: he wasn’t into her for her money. Corey and Jane, Mackenzie’s two best friends are the type of friends you want in your life: loving you no matter what and are always there for you. They had their own personalities and while they could have something going on with them, they never left Mackenzie all by herself. They always had her back. No backstabbing bffs in this book!

Marni Bates debut was a great book about a girl who’s awkward but she’s herself. I’m not sure how she did it but Marni Bates wrote Mackenzie to perfection; her voice and her personality shined through with Ms. Bates writing and I loved every minute of it. She got what being a real teenager was about and she didn’t hold back on anything.

Overall, I think everyone should read Awkward. It’ll remind you of your time in high school, the good and the bad. It’s a coming of age story in a very interesting situation that really tests how well someone knows their friends, their family and most of all, themselves. All the praise for this book and author was very well deserved!
Cover Comments: 
I actually like this cover. It's got a nice, teenagers feel to it and while there could have been much more done to it and all, I like it. 
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