Title: Cliques, hicks, and Ugly Sticks
Publication: December 6, 2011
Rating: 5 out 5Source: via Booksneeze
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Just when April Grace thought the drama was over...After an automobile accident, Isabel St. James—resident drama coach and drama queen—needs help putting together the church play. Mama insists April Grace and Myra Sue will help. April’s fall is now devoted to spending every afternoon with Isabel and Myra Sue—if anyone is as big of a drama queen as Isabel, it’s Myra Sue. Plus, she’s dumb. (Okay, not dumb, but "older sister dumb.") If that’s not enough, Isabel is wreaking havoc in the community trying to get Rough Creek Road paved, the new boy at school will not leave her alone, and then Mama drops the biggest bombshell of all . . . April Grace is no longer going to be the baby of the family . . .
Review: In this second installment in this series April Grace has begun junior high, and has to deal with the typical mean girls. Add to this her sister has an obsession with the family friend Isabel St.James, who is an absolute hot mess by the way, her grandmother has not one but two boyfriends, and something strange is going on with her mother that has her worried scared. Let's just say April Grace is very observant, and smart and she can sense when something is up. She has such a fun-tastic voice, it was so interesting seeing life from her perspective. She has this witty humor that you just can't help to fall in love with. I couldn't put this down, and there were many times I found myself laughing(well giggling) at some of her antics. She is very easy to relate to, as are all the characters, which were well-rounded, real, and quite comical. I absolutely loved the humor, love and faith in this book. Throughout everything that April and her family experienced their faith remains strong, which is so wonderful to see in characters. This book is realistic, sarcastic, witty and an overall great read that I would recommend to young girls. April Grace has a big heart and she has wormed her way right into mine, can't wait for the next book.
Cover Review: It is so cute!