When I came on Goodreads to leave a review I did a shout of joy to find out that Awkward is only the first book in a series. I am so excited that there are already two more books published. It is so hard to find books for my daughter. She is in middle school, reading at a high school level, hates reading, and has ADHD which makes it hard for her to focus on lines of texts. Yet, as an avid reader, I feel it is important for her to be able to read, thankfully so does her English teacher. I want books that are of substance, but that grab her attention.
Although, to be honest, I picked up Awkward not just for my daughter. By the end of the first chapter I was hooked. The story was engaging and relatable. While it oversimplified the middle school structure, that was mostly remedied by the end of the book. It was also just fun to read a graphic novel, something that I do not do enough of. The illustrations and the writing went hand in hand.
My high school daughter ended up reading the book after I finished. While she was in the middle of reading my middle schooler picked it up and started - of her own choice. It has been sitting on our kitchen table for a week with multiple children picking it up and reading it. My high schooler finally finished and said it was an amazing book. My middle schooler is still picking it up and reading it in small bursts. She enjoys the artwork, the character concepts at the back of the book, and the process of creating the book. She loves drawing, so I was excited that this was included.
Overal this is an amazing book that is great for any late elementary or middle school student. It is also enjoyable for those of us who are long past this age.
This is the first graphic novel in the Journey to Minecraft series. It is written for younger readers, in early elementary and uses appropriate vocabulary.
The graphic novel is exceedingly short, even for a comic book. It is more like the first part of one complete book rather than the first part of a series. I am sure this is a way by the author to try and get more money out of the publication. It seems like a horrible ploy. I would gladly pay a few dollars for a Kindle version of a book that I know my daughter would read. I think having it stopped so early in the story would just annoy her.
That being said, the graphics are quite good. The writing is simple, but that is to be expected. The plot is extremely appropriate for the age and genre. It also does have a plot, which is a bonus. The biggest downfall is the story being separated between books instead of being combined together.
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