Brilliant. Best-ever. That was how grade seven was supposed to be, but so far things aren’t turning out as well as Clarissa Delaney had planned. It’s hard enough being the unexceptional daughter of a bona-fide beauty queen, but lately her best friend Benji can’t seem to stand up for himself, Michael Greenblat keeps giving her strange gifts and Mattie Cohen, world-class goody-two-shoes, seems to think they are friends. Things can’t possibly get any worse . . . Or can they?
In this year of surprises, you’ll laugh as Clarissa tackles boys, bullies and the one B word she can’t bring herself to say.
I can’t explain enough how much I love quirky, off-centered characters. There’s just something so honest about them. And for me, the weirder, the better. After reading the first page of Words that Start with B I knew I was going to like it. Clarissa, while not overly weird, was quirky enough for me. As was her story.
I love the balance of humour vs seriousness in this book. VanSickle tackles topics that could have turned Words that Start with B into a hand-wringing, preachy melodramatic mess. But instead she approaches the issues head on and while there are emotional scenes in the book, non of them felt over-the-top. And despite the fact that there’s a lot going on, I didn’t feel that any of the story lines were rushed or thrown in. Each one was fleshed out, well developped and they complimented each other.
This was just a really great book, plain and simple.