Not that it’s a retread, of course. Not in the slightest.
Since Allie, her parents, and her little brothers have made the BIG MOVE, that was such a huge part of the plot of the first book, Moving Day, now it’s time for her first day at her new school as (say it with me now) The New Girl.
Thankfully I never had to deal with that dilemma as a fourth grader – but even more thankfully, I didn’t have a big, scary girl in my class tell me she was going to beat me up after class like Allie does.
My childhood was mostly peaceful.
Sadly, poor Allie’s isn’t. Not to mention that things aren’t looking so peachy for getting her promised kitten.
Once again (remember how I mentioned the “satisfaction guaranteed” sticker in an earlier review?) Meg Cabot’s book whisks the reader away to pure entertainment – even if in this case there are less (okay, no) hot guys and kissing.
Allie is so relatable and cute, not to mention so smart and kind, she is a great role model for young girls – without being obvious about it. She’s an animal rescuer/veterinarian in training, which I love. And one of the best things so far in Meg’s series is that she doesn’t shy away from some of the less cheery subjects (such as the girl who wants to beat Allie up, or tension between her Mom and Grandma).
But I can’t forget to mention the most important, vital part of this book: It’s HILARIOUS.
Allie’s antics, her family’s discussions, the general situations Ms. Cabot puts her characters in – be ready to laugh. Seriously.
So, hats off to yet another success to Meg Cabot. Let the books keep coming.
Because there’s no doubt I’ll keep reading.
How about you?