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Chocolate-Covered Baloney - K.D. McCrite Boy, oh boy! Good gravy!

This book was a very pleasant surprise. I requested this one day on NetGalley after seeing its ultra cute cover, and kind of forgot about it in the end. I was thinking it must be some boring Middle Grade book for tweens, talking about junior school evil teachers, hot classmates, and vile cheerleaders. I'm twenty now; I'm so over that phase. I didn't want to read all about those again, so this title kinda just... sat there. Then one day, I was looking for a light-hearted read, especially after that "disaster" with The Eternity Cure, and saw this one. I was sure it was going to be a disaster again, but I trudged on anyway. Boy, oh boy! Was I wrong on that one!

Right now I'm only wishing that I read it sooner. What I thought was a boring read turned out to be extremely light-hearted, with lots of humor and tween wit, with juuuust a little drama on the top to spice things up - resulting to a fulfilling experience that would leave you giggling and clutching a couple of tissues. Man, that was fun!

There were a lot to like in this book. First and foremost, the internal narration was bloody fantastic. We see the story in the point-of-view of April Grace, a young girl who hates change the most. Her voice was very effective and genuine, and it really felt like I was reading from a tween! Her gestures, her words and dialogue, even her reactions - from petty annoyance when snotty sisters get in the picture and irritation when best friends don't take your side to amazement and awe at the simplest of things - felt very, very real and endearing. This is what I appreciated the most, because there's nothing in it that tried to be "mature" or anything of that sort. It's a tell it like it is stuff.

Because of this, it allowed a lot of room for character development and growth, which is one of the best things ever to read in a book! April Grace is easily irritable and judgemental, which is common nowadays (and I bet you used to be one, too, a long time ago :>), and this attitude problems of hers eventually become worse as new things and events enter her life. But of course, like any other feel-good story, she realizes her mistakes, learns to listen to other people, and gives other people second chances.

Boy, oh boy! This book has a lot of moral values to learn from, and I reckon others will appreciate it, too. The stuff you learn from tweens ;)

All in all, this is a feel-good book. I'm happy to have read it when I was a bit pissed off and ranty, because I finished with a big smile on my face and a more positive outlook in life. Thank you!

An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley for reviewing purposes. No money or any form of transaction was exchanged.

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