Review: Surviving Gretchen

Surviving Gretchen
Surviving Gretchen by Bonnie Daly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thanks, Bonnie Daly for the ARC of this book.

This is going to be a tough one to review. What I thought was YA was more an MG book. And I have a difficult time reviewing an MG book…probably because it’s been a long, long while since I’ve read an MG and I feel like I should be doing a book report or something.

Abby and Emma are BFFs. As in do everything together, share secrets, have fights, have life-altering death scares. (Yep, that one was unique to me.) Like any good set of BFFs. Then Gretchen, an evil mean girl, comes to town and decides that she wants to have Abby as her BFF…and what a little snot she was. Ugh. How Abby’s mom doesn’t see it in the beginning…IDK…

The cast of characters were fun. Best friends, aside. Brothers, older and younger, and a goat…yep, a goat with a humorous personality…reminded me of Charlotte’s Web if maybe you could never hear/read Wilbur and Charlotte speak. Uncles and doctors and even the visit to what I call “The other side of existence”…which i do count as almost a character of it’s own in this book, because it has a personality and plays a big part.

There is only one part I think wasn’t wholly necessary…and that’s the prologue. Especially, since it repeats a few chapters into the tale. And maybe in MG, it’s common or typical, but to me it was too redundant. I much prefer to have skipped it and read the stressful part in the story.

It was a good story for an MG. Very detailed and nicely written for a younger group. It reminded me of the books I used to read in first, second, and third grade–Charlotte’s Web, The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe, The Phantom Tollbooth and the likes of those.

I really don’t know who’d I rec this to…maybe the fourth graders, third graders I used to volunteer with would enjoy this. Somewhere on that level, for sure.

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