It was kind of boring and I didn t exactly understand I thought it was an amazing story about I loved this book I thought it Was An Amazing Book an amazing book this book My favorite part was when they went to the carnival What an incredible book for middle graders and tweens Targeted toward those ages 8 12 grades 3 7 Drive Me Crazy was filled with the up and down emotions and the back and forth thought processes of two very different girls who were brought together for a super special adventure I loved itMy ThoughtsInitial Meeting Lana From the start I adored this character Lana came across as a brave and wise old soul She was bright optimistic intuitive and compassionate I loved the fact that she was so family oriented She seemed to care alot about making memories and cherishing what she had been given She had a great elationship with her parents and her grandparents She had integrity and strived to do the ight thing even in difficult situations I felt very protective of this character Cassie Almost immediately upon meeting Cassie I have to say that I did not necessarily like her She was almost the exact opposite of Lana She seemed superficial and shallow She lacked substance and tended to care about the opinions of others She complained a lot She subscribed to the social cliue mentality She came across as selfish and competitive As the Story Moved Forward Lana Boy oh boy Who knew Lana was dealing with all of that Her strength was noteworthy especially for one so young I found it interesting how aware she was of the circumstances at home but I also found it interesting how she held back a part of her truth egarding what was going on at home For one so courageous and expressive of sorts it was hard not to notice that she did not take the direct path That was interesting I could not help but think how peculiar Dealing with what she had to deal with on top of dealing with Cassie on top attempting to make this trip the best trip ever waswhew This young girl was on the cusp of maturity while still trying to navigate that delicate place of in between where you are still considered to be a little girl and yet you are notCassie The pressures and emotions that go along with being young while growing older this was Cassie s story Already at her tender age she has had to deal with loss betrayal social tension academic ivalry sibling angst and Not to excuse her behavior but as the story progressed I can say that I definitely understood her Wow She too much like Lana was at a major point of transition in her life Not a girl but not yet a woman she had a lot coming at her She did not want to sink under it all Yes she tended to be concerned about herself than others at times but she was in my opinion still trying to figure out who she was and what she wanted while attempting to gain ground in the popularity dance that
goes with growing upBy the End of the Story Lana From the with growing upBy the End of the Story Lana From the on I was totally crying Cassie Who knew Maine could be so magical in ways than oneSupporting Characters I loved Grandpa Howe and Grandma Tess so much They were three different kinds of a hoot and a holler Lana s parents were dealing with a lot and my heart went out to them Lana s friends seemed genuine and comfortable in their own skin Although they were not mentioned much they still had a presence that helped to shape Lana s story Cassie s parents were a hard ead but her brother wasa typical brother Cassie s friends on the other hand were so NOT I was extremely curious about Fiona though Good or bad this character had something that captured my attention in a big wayThere is so much that I want to say and that I could say about this story but I don t want to Not Handsome Enough ruin it for theeaders This book has substance and depth It speaks a language that middle graders and tweens will be able to elate to It also presents itself in such a way that parents can be assured that there kids are not being exposed to tainted fluffI am elated that such a clean and meaty book is available for this age group I would highly ecommend itRating 55Recommend YesAudience Ages 8 12 Grades 3 7Status CleanConflictDrama YesFamilyLife Lessons YesRelevant for Targeted Age Group YesOther Family Read Aloud Tween Talk Group School Library Middle Grade Book Club GiftSeries Worthy Yes This is a story. Buckle upLana and Cassie have met only once before at the wedding of Lana’s Grandpa Howe and Cassie’s Grandma Tess two months ago They didn’t exactly hit it off in fact depending on who you ask that first meeting was either an embar.
Terra Elan McVoy ¸ 3 ead & downloadT in Beer Law: What Brewers Need to Know real social situations To be fair McVoy does seem to be making some effort to avoid exaggeration this certainlyings true to me than something like Canterwood Crest But the ultimate problem is still the same this book is selling a fantasy than any sort of GIS and Fr�uleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany reality Being twelve in this novel sounds awesome even with the conflicts that these characters have It s about going on a funoad trip and getting to see all sorts of cool things While there are conflicts they feel very much secondary to the overall moodMaybe this wouldn t be such a problem if someone other than McVoy were writing this But here s the thing about McVoy her style was already incredibly light She has written a couple darker novels but for the most part her books are fluffy and fun The emotional conflicts tend to be very low stakes and the overall tone is always light and semi comedic This can work when she s writing about characters that feel like The Confederate Privateers real people and she s trying to speak toeal situations that teenagers go through But this genre encourages McVoy to make her characters less well developed and to make the tone even lighter and fluffier than before The esult is so over
saturated that the paper might as well literally be made of sugar I do wantthat the paper might as well literally be made of sugar I do want emphasize that this wasn t as big of a disaster as it could ve been McVoy seems to be aware of the problem so she had Lana and Cassie fight for most of the ide ather than be the BFFs I expected them to be Lana also spends a large portion of the trip worrying that her mother is seriously ill although this sub plot didn t work for me nearly as well as the conflict between Lana and Cassie It felt incredibly forced and out of place with an obvious endingUltimately the eason neither of these sub plots worked to make the mood any less frivolous is that neither Cassie nor Lana feels like a Otto Freundlich: Cosmic Communism real person Their personalities feel like sanitized versions of messy and complex characters from McVoy s good novels Cassie has the same vapidness as Becca from After the Kiss but because Cassie s situation feels lesseal than Becca s I never The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, really came to feel any sympathy for her Likewise Lana is just as fun loving and idealistic as Daisy from The Summer of Firsts and Lasts and there seally not much
else to say about her character to be honest I didn t think she was compelling when she was namedto say about her character to be honest I didn t think she was compelling when she was named SOFAL was one of McVoy s weaker novels and I certainly don t think she s compelling here Moreover this book has the exact same problem that SOFAL had Lana and Cassie s narrative voices are completely identical Which makes sense because their purpose isn t Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness really to be separate characters in the narrative Their purpose is to be stand ins for the type of person a young girl would want to be as a teenagerIf I m being honest I m not sure if this book even works for its target audience The aforementioned sub plots while not at all compelling might be too distracting from the fantasy But either way it definitely doesn t work for me and I can t imagine it working for anyone over thirteen Turns out even when it s a talented author writing it I don t want toead a book that s meant to mainly have value for young kids At best it ll be like 11 Birthdays where the plot will at least be well written enough to make the book inoffensive At worst you get something like Canterwood Crest where the author doesn t even care enough to write eadable prose or a decent dramatic structure This falls somewhere in the middle the prose while not effective at least works on a sentence level and the characterization is occasionally compelling But this is probably McVoy s weakest novel it has all of the frivolousness and forgetability of her YA novels without any of the depth or characterizationThis eview can also be found on my blog Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Talesuick Dirty A trip across country filled with adventure family friendship and coming to terms with yourself and lifeOpening Sentence Wonderful is the only word to I can use to describe it The ReviewThis story is told in alternating chapters from Lana and Cassie s viewpoints It starts off in Lana s viewpoint and immediately we get how excited she is to be on the trip with her grandparents and for chance to Other People's Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America really become friends with Cassie Despite Lana s worries about her mom she is sure thi. Backseat is a crowded place for two tween girls with two huge secrets to hide and this bumpyoad to friendship is full of unexpected twists and turns Like it or not they’re in this together full speed ahead on the adventure of a lifeti. Told in alternate chapters by Lana and Carrie The two are thrown together on a oad trip with their honeymooning grandparents They met for the first time at their grandparents wedding Lana thought that they had a chance to become good friends and was looking forward to the trip Carrie isn t interested in being friends
*carrie is too *is too trying to keep in touch with her new group of friends Lana is trying to have fun but she is also very worried about her mother She has been having lots of headaches and Lana is certain that her parents are keeping something from her Naturally she fears the worst What if her mother has cancer and is going to die She is trying very hard to hide her fears from her grandparents and pretend that she is having a great time on their trip When the girls can forget about their other worries they do have fun touring Hearst Castle going to an amusement park and doing other touristy things But the tensions grow between the girls and they spend a lot of the trip not talking I had a hard time empathizing with Carrie s obsession with some friends who didn t seem very nice or very kind I had a little sympathy when she was thinking about the fight she had with her former best friend Fiona which sent her looking for new friendsI liked Lana a lot I liked her caring elationship with her parents and I liked her delight in spending time with her grandparents I thought her Der Bilderwächter relationship with her Grandpa Howe was especially good I could understand her worry about her mother and could also understand why parents might want to protect a twelve year old by not telling her what was happeningThis was an excellent story I came to like both girls and the friendship they built Is swearing at a MG frowned upon This book is one Is a book Iead if I have
Nothing Else To Read So This Iselse to ead So this is the 3rd time I ve ead Drive me crazy And it is still pretty good This book is about Lana and Cassie They met at their grandma s and grandpa s wedding They both have different interest and friend groups Cassie has very popular friends and Lana doesn t have p This book was AMAZING In the beginning I wasn t so into it but it gets a lot better after about 50 pg s or so I could not put this book down so I ended up eading it in one day though it took me a while to ead it was totally worth it I would Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris reccomend this to any teenage girl There are two types of middle grade books books about kids that also have potential value for adults and books written exclusively for kids I know a lot about MG science fiction and fantasy than I do about MG kids books but from what I can tell the contemporary MG books with value for adults tend to be problem novels particularly about disability The ones written exclusively for kids on the other hand tend to stick to a few basic topics If theye for boys they tend to be funny I use that term loosely stories about socially awkward losers in the style of Diary of a Wimpy Kid If they Letters to Rollins re for girls they tend to be excessively girly usually about social situations and popularity they might also have some sort of added appeal like horses oroad trips Which brings us to McVoy s most ecent novel This is McVoy s MG Debut After A Few debut after a few of writing YA I do like McVoy as a YA author but while she s writing about something that should fit her strengths it s not a topic that interests me and she doesn t execute it as well as she could veThe thing is I don t eally like MG contemporary that much whether it s for boys or girls when it doesn t have value for adults The Scotland Yard reason is obvious I m not a kid any Books made to speak to a kid s viewpoint don t interest me Maybe I couldespect this in a You do you I ll do me way if not for the fact that these books tend to be so poorly written Until the last few years the protagonists of these books have almost always been teenagers ather than the same age as the target audience Even with the new trend of having the protagonists be twelve or thirteen it still feels like these books aren t eally about their target audience twelve or thirteen is the absolute oldest age I can imagine someone finding value in this book This book is Unverified: A Novel really made for 6 11 year olds and when it speaks to their worldview it s portraying how teenagers look to young kids Cassie and Lana aren teal people and they Grand Teton Explorers Guide re no. Rassment or a disaster but they’re about to spend an entire week together just the two of them and their honeymooning grandparentsoad tripping in Cassie’s grandmother’s SubaruLana thinks a summer UFO Crash at Roswell: The Genesis of a Modern Myth road trip sounds like fun but the.