Review – Awkward by Marni Bates

Author: Marni Batesawkward-by-marni-bates

Pages: 239

Publisher: K-Teen

Awkward (Smith High#1)

Summary: Mackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she’s the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous – not to mention unwelcome – attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, Mackenzie is an Internet sensation, with four million hits and counting. Sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes, she even catches the eye of the most popular guy at school. And that’s when life gets really interesting…

My Review:

I loved this book! It was a fast read for me.

(Marni, you spin a good yarn!)

Don’t confuse the story with MTV’s Awkward, although both main characters seem to get themselves into unusual situations.

Mackenzie, a bright but socially awkward teen, accidentally knocks down a football player with her AP book-filled backpack, then tries to give the boy CPR, not realizing he doesn’t need. The entire thing is filmed and posted to YouTube. Instantly, hers becomes the most-watched video, and everyone wants her story.

One video leads to two, and one socially awkward moment begets another. There were some truly funny moments that made me laugh out loud and kept me giggling at Mackenzie’s misfortunes. Throughout the story, though, I kept rooting for her. And she didn’t disappoint.

I loved Logan although I wish some of the story had been written in his POV.

I hope there’s a book two because I’d love to revisit some of these characters.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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