LESSONS I NEVER LEARNED AT MEADOWBROOK ACADEMY by Liz Maccie

LESSONS I NEVER LEARNED AT MEADOWBROOK ACADEMY

Age Range: 12 - 16
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Roberta Romano attends her first day at the affluent Meadowbrook Academy after being removed from her old school for bad behavior.

Roberta is a smart girl who just happens to make increasingly poor decisions, and these bad choices have earned her a one-way ticket to the strictest and richest school in town. Despite coming from the wrong side of the tracks, Roberta makes a connection with two social outcasts, Annie and Mervin. The short book covers just Roberta's first day at school, but it's a very eventful day. Hearts are broken, friendships are forged, and secrets are revealed. That all sounds like a lot of sentimental claptrap, but Maccie weaves it all together with an emotional maturity often missing from coming-of-age drama. Character comes first, and although there is the seemingly requisite wacky stunt in the third act, it merely serves as a backdrop as opposed to standing awkwardly as some clumsy metaphor. A few stock background characters muddy up the novel's midsection, and Roberta's mother is a frustrating caricature, but those are minor quibbles when all is said and done.

 A solid and promising debut. (Fiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: Nov. 4th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62681-418-9
Page count: 195pp
Publisher: Diversion Books
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2014




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