Sunday, August 15, 2010

How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart

Gephart, Donna, How to Survive Middle School. Delacorte Press, 2010. Pgs 248. Language: G, Violence: G, Sexual Content: G.
David’s lifelong wish is to become a tv superstar. He spends his time making Youtube videos which include his sister and her acne-filled face and his hamster, Hammy. When David and his best friend, who’s been helping him get in a big fight, David makes a new friend named Sophie who thinks he’s hilarious. She thinks he’s so hilarious, that she tells everyone about his videos. When 1000s of people start watching his videos and he ends up on tv, it seems like all of his dreams have come true, but then forgets the most important thing, being true to himself. Will he make amends with his old best friend and still keep the new? Will David figure out who he is again?
A unique, fun realistic fiction story that does a great job of reminding teens to be themselves. The characters are lovable, the plot line is well-done and has a good message. Readers will enjoy the humor, fall in love with the characters, and wish they could read more. MS. ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Jessica M, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High School.

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