Review: Hundred Percent
Tink isn’t so sure she likes all the changes she’s experiencing now that she’s in the fifth grade. She’s developed before her peers and people are noticing. Jackie, her best friend, is boy crazy and determined to be part of the cool kids group. Maybe it’s time for Tink to shed her old nickname but what should she call herself – Chris, Christine, or Hundred Percent?
Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young is a fabulous book for every child on the brink of adolescence and every adult who remembers what it felt like. You can’t read this book without falling in love with and rooting for Tink. She doesn’t know what to make of all the changes going on in her life and, to make things worse, Jackie seems to be going in a different direction than she is, so Tink wonders if their long term friendship can survive.
So many of the things Tink struggles with don’t seem so bad when you look back on them but, when you’re living through them, they all seem like the end of the world. Young captures the tension and drama of that age group perfectly and helped me remember what it felt like. Hundred Percent is sure to resonate with middle grade readers and those who love them. Pick it up for the young people in your life!
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