Sunday, July 29, 2012

Review: Awkward by Marni Bates


Author: Marni Bates

Publication Date: January 1, 2012

Publisher: K-Teen

Genre: Contemporary



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 Thoughts: I picked his book up on a whim and decided to give it a go.  It is about Mackenzie Wellesley who becomes known as the "Queen of Awkward" when a YouTube video of her basically beating a guy with CPR (in an attempt to help him) goes viral.  It follows the life of a young, awkward teenage girl dealing with sudden fame, infamy and high school life as she tries to stay herself and figure out how to deal.

Mackenzie is a girl who likes to rely on no one - especially men of any sort after she caught her father cheating with the ballet instructor during her recital.  She is a completely independent, geeky bookworm and loves it.  She is an Invisible in her high school and she intends to keep it that way.  The only thing that seems to keep the Notables (popular kids) off of her back is the fact that she tutors uber-notable Logan.

Ever wonder what happens to those YouTube sensations when their videos go viral?  Mackenzie finds out first hand.  It is hard for a girl to figure out life when she is being thrown to the paparazzi, boy bands and coming home to find boxes of free designer clothes dropped off by UPS. It is hard to just be yourself and continue to be invisible when everybody has a camera and video recorder in their phone.

I enjoyed this book from start to finish.  I had an idea of how some things were going to turn out but I was glad that they didn't.  This book defied all of my predictions and that is why I loved it so much.  I'm am not going to say why - because that would be telling - but I would recommend picking it up and giving it a try for yourself.


  1. So, a bit of commentary on the instant "fame" that's so common these days? Love it! And Mackenzie sounds like a girl I'd love to spend time with :) Thanks for the review.

    1. I really loved that it was about something that I haven't read before. Thanks for dropping by :)


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