When Fiona’s diary is stolen by the most popular girl in seventh grade, she braces herself for the worst summer ever.
Fiona and Cassie obsess over their secret crushes and tell each other everything. Well, almost everything. Fiona confides her occasional frustrations with Cassie to her diary, along with details about the boys they like. But when Kendra, the ringleader of a clique of mean girls, takes Fiona’s diary and reads it aloud on the bus, Cassie does nothing to stop her. Worse, Cassie stops speaking to Fiona and begins to hang out with the mean girls, leaving Fiona to face her classmates’ teasing about the diary entries alone. The end of the school year brings some relief, but how will Fiona survive the long summer break without her best friend? To top it all off, Fiona is annoyed by the growing presence of her dad’s girlfriend, Jennifer, in their lives. Told in the endearing voice of a wise-beyond-her-years 12-year-old with a knack for self-reflection, this deeply engrossing story offers gentle lessons about the shifting sands of friendship and family and not always getting what you want. A strong subplot features a realistic portrayal of Fiona’s affluent, African-American, co-parenting family. Readers who enjoyed McVoy’s Drive Me Crazy (2015) will welcome this companion novel.
A smart, heartwarming novel about the ups and downs of family and friendship. (Fiction. 9-13)