Monday, November 21, 2011

Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

"Just when April Grace thought the drama was over . . .

After an automobile accident, Isabel St. James—resident drama coach and drama queen—needs help putting together the church play. Mama insists April Grace and Myra Sue will help. April’s fall is now devoted to spending every afternoon with Isabel and Myra Sue—if anyone is as big of a drama queen as Isabel, it’s Myra Sue. Plus, she’s dumb. (Okay, not dumb, but "older sister dumb.") If that’s not enough, Isabel is wreaking havoc in the community trying to get Rough Creek Road paved, the new boy at school will not leave her alone, and then Mama drops the biggest bombshell of all . . . April Grace is no longer going to be the baby of the family . . .

Girls will completely relate to April and love her sense of humor as she deals with siblings, boys, and the many changes that come with growing up."

I received a complimentary copy of Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks Confessions of April Grace by KD McCrite through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for a review. I am not required to provide a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

I feel like a dork admitting it, but I tend to enjoy teen and preteen fiction. There, I said it. I like that the stories are easy to read, and usually quick reads that I can complete in a day or two even with a busy schedule. Sometimes I just don't want a heavy storyline. I thought that this would be one of those quick, cute books, but I was wrong. I was a little confused that it was set in the '80s, as most kids reading it wouldn't understand any of the '80s references. Many of the characters went by their first and middle names~maybe that's more common in Arkansas, where the story is set, but I don't know anyone that does that personally. The flow of the story was a little slow moving, but it certainly wasn't a bad story by any stretch of the imagination. All in all, I give it three stars. Take it or leave it.

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