I have read the second book in the Harry Potter series many times. Ironically enough I have never written a review. It is difficult to write a review for a book that you know so well, specifically when you know the story intimately in both print and video form. However, I reread with the purpose of reviewing the story.
Ultimately, I found the second book to be enjoyable. It is still amazing writing and amazing characters. The world of Hogwarts is alive and draws you in. There is adventure that keeps you on the edge of your toes, even when you know exactly what is going to happen.
However, I found that I was not as enthralled with the second book as the first. When I finished the first book I was left with a "wow that book was amazing" feeling. When I finished The Chamber of Secrets it was more like, "yeah that was good." I did feel like there was too much retelling. The first third of the book was a recapture of the first book. At the time Harry Potter was not the social phenomenon that it is now. Even so, it probably did not need so much recap.
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.
Bob is a cute story about a girl who realizes that she forgot about her “imaginary friend.” Upon finding him again, in the closet of her grandmother’s house, she attempts to determine where he came from. The novel is a quest for her to find where he belongs.
While the story is cute, it is also a little scattered. It seems to go from one place to the next and has some massive plot holes. Overal I was entertained but not awed by the book.
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