Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child by Maria T. Lennon
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
It's impossible to add spoilers to such a formulaic book - middle child, needing attention, acts out. Gets in trouble. Gets the opportunity to start over. Manages to do so. The end.
Usually I'm not so cranky about this type of book, because who doesn't want to remake themselves? We've all been there, and in middle school it often feels far worse than it really is. In this case, Charlie is as bad as portrayed and that's the problem. She's downright unlikeable and you need to like the character for this to work. I didn't find her humorous, but the author's attempts to not show Charlie as a bully, a mean child and one in need of help but rather as misunderstood, a fashionista, and normal don't work. Or, more accurately, didn't work for me.
ARC provided by publisher.