Ever since her dad left, Mackenzie has done all she can to help her mom out. She’s also focused on school – after all, she needs good grades and good test scores to get a college scholarship. All this work at home and school doesn’t leave much time for a social life, so Kenzie is socially awkward.
According to Kenzie, there are two groups at her school, the “Notables” – the popular kids – and the “Invisibles” – which she’s a part of. She’s pretty much ignored by the Notables, the exception being Logan, but then, he has to talk to her since she tutors him.
As she’s walking into school one day, Kenzie accidentally knocks down a football player and, thinking she’s hurt him, tries to administer CPR. Unbeknownst to her, it’s captured on video and ends up going viral on YouTube. Kenzie figures things will die down pretty quickly until a clip of that video ends up being in a video for the latest song by ReadySet, the hottest band around.
I thought Awkward, by Marni Bates, was just delightful! If I had a young daughter, this is exactly the kind of book I’d want her to read. It’s fun and funny and has a good message. Kenzie’s not perfect – she makes some mistakes, but she learns from them.
Kenzie’s a great character. She has big plans and knows what she wants to achieve. She’s certainly driven, but she’s also loyal and kind. It seems she has so much going for her, but she’s still riddled with self doubt and is unsure of herself in social situations. I think she’s a character many young (and not so young) girls can relate to. The secondary characters are wonderful as well, particularly Logan – they were fleshed out pretty well and felt like typical teenagers.
Sure, parts of the story are a little far fetched but, you know, it doesn’t really matter. Awkward is funny and just a little bit romantic and I think it has a great message. Be sure to check this book out!