THIS IS ME FROM NOW ON by Barbara Dee (ARC review)

April 5, 2010 5 flames 2

Author: Barbara Dee
Source: Author submission
* I received this ARC free of charge in exchange for an honest review*
  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Original edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416994149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416994145
Sometimes your life just needs a little jolt. 
This is what Evie’s new friend Francesca tells her, and soon enough, Evie’s life has had something more like an earthquake. Francesca thinks life is dull unless you go after everything you want and say everything on your mind all the time–and sometimes that includes giving other people a little behind the scenes help to give them what she thinks they want. 
Evie can’t always tell if she’s horrified or fascinated by everything Francesca convinces her to do, but ultimately, she comes to see friendship–and life–in a whole new light. 
 Remember back in high school or even Junior High when you had those so called friends?  You know, the ones that were suppose to be your friends, but secretly they annoyed the heck out of you?  Well, in this book, Evie is finding out really quick how annoying those friends can really be.  She is at an important stage in life and she is stuck in a rut so to speak.
Then along comes Francesca.  Evie cannot stand her. She thinks she is a liar and a bit eccentric. She does everything she can to stay the heck away from her.  Then Evie gets paired up with her in a school project.  Well, it starts as a school project and becomes even more of a problem.  Even though some people would find Francesca a great friend, others would be scared to be around her.
This is a story of overcoming low self esteem, move past the insecurities, and making us all take a different look on life and people.  This was a cute book that I think younger teens will enjoy.  A great book from a great author that not only knows how to write, but also knows how to speak to younger teens through her writing.

Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf
For Rereading!

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