Review: Awkward by Marni Bates

“Riotous laughs await in this contemporary duckling to swan story. Awkward bleeds the teen experience.”

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Title:Awkward
Author:Bates, Marni
Publisher:KTeen
Pages:300

From Goodreads: 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…

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Let me take a moment to start this review by asking you a question. How often have I waxed poetic about a contemporary novel? If you come around here a lot you know the answer, if you are new here (waves at new persons) the answer is very rarely. This is because I like very few contemporary themes. I rather enjoy the incredibly dark or the fantastically light.

Marni Bates hits all my LOL buttons with her debut Awkward. We start the book with Kenzie talking to the notable crowd about homework. Why else would the notables talk to an invisible? Kenzie is leaving the notable stairs when she turns around hitting a boy in the stomach with her backpack full of AP textbooks. He falls down the stairs and Kenzie runs after him giving him really bad and not needed CPR.

Someone filmed the incident and it hit Youtube branding Kenzie as The Most Awkward Girl in the World. Her new found fame brings her designer clothing, her high school crush is finally interested in her, and backstage passes to a rock concert. Kenzie is so blinded by the bling and being notable that she can’t see what is right in front of her.

I loved every moment reading Awkward. Kenzie is such a fun character and so very likable. Watching her life blow up exponentially bit by bit was hilarious. Another great thing about the book is that Kenzie had an amazing set of friends and a very supportive family. She learned to be comfortable in her own awkward skin with their full support.

Kenzie learns that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. But once you get there you can spread some fertilizer and make it greener yourself.

I seriously urge you to make this your first book purchase of 2012. Marni Bates is a talent, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! You can thank me later.

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    Looks fab! Off to download it…

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    I saw your Interrobang video about this and was glad you reviewed it here, too. I love my contemporary chock-full of humor (when it’s done well) and…is it weird that I love awkward situations? Mostly because I can be an awkward person, I suppose. And don’t even get me started on how teen me totally could relate! PS – hooray for supportive families!

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    any book with a full set of friends and family is a win for me.

    also, i love awkward. i just do.

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    [...] by Marni Bates. This got some major props from Pam @ Bookalicio.us, and it sounds funny and geeky and…awkward (go figure). But hooray for awkward and awesome [...]

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    [...] in the pages.Disclosure: Received for review for blog tour.Other reviews of Awkward by Marni Bates:Bookalicio.us A Backwards Story My Cute Bookshelf Fabbity Fab Book ReviewsWant my paperback copy of Awkward by [...]

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