Super Awkward by Beth Garrod
Release Date: 1st September 2016
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What They Say:
I, Bella Fisher, am absolutely WINNING at FAILING at life. 1. I once got my tongue stuck to a box of Calippos in a supermarket. 2. I accidentally called my geography teacher Mum. Twice. He wasn’t impressed. 3. I’m a geek. And not in a geek-chic kind of way, but in a secretly-caring-about-failing-maths-and-science way. 4. I always fail maths and science. So it figures that when I meet the FITTEST BOY IN THE WORLD, Zac, I’m doing solo star jumps. While dressed as a cereal box. *(NOTE TO SELF, fancy dress = HE-WILL-NEVER-EVER-FANCY-ME dress.) Now I’ve got to somehow persuade Zac to come to prom with me while avoiding my evil ex and dealing with a secret so mega-awks I want to Ctrl-Z my brain… What could go wrong? Oh yeah, that’s right. Absolutely everything.
Super Awkward is THAT book I wish I had when I was a teenager. I was not a good teenager, and it’s so good that there’s more books out there that show that being awkward is okay, and being a geek is okay, in fact call me biased but I’d ALWAYS rather be an awkward geek. #REPRESENT Super Awkward is perfect for Geek Girl fans, The It Girl fans, for anyone who likes a quick, warm read that will make you laugh your back off (a lack off?????).
My only issue with the book (except for a few messy wrong words used – breaks instead of brakes, wrap instead of rap) was the fact that at the start of the book, Rachel, Bella’s friend, turns 16. What’s the problem with that, you ask? Well, they’re in year 10. PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE. Unless she was held back, which is never mentioned. But if you’re fifteen, going on sixteen, you should be in year 11. It’s a slight thing, and one that people may not even notice, but I’m so picky (and I don’t care). It didn’t ruin my enjoyment, but you leave school at 16 in the UK ergo Rachel could not be in year 10. That’s all.
Apart from that slight hiccup (which people will tell me to get over, I AM I SWEAR), I loved the book. I loved Bella. She resonated with me so, so much. She will with many girls, who feel like being awkward is wrong, and anytime Luke came into a scene I cringed, because he was awful. I kinda wished he’d got some come-uppance, because he was truly terrible to Bella, bordering on bullying, and I genuinely still have no idea why he acted the way he acted. He needed a punch in the face, and I will happily have delivered it. He grated on my last nerve, and Bella really needed to do a Hermione and punch him, like Hermione did to Draco. It would have been soooooooo satisfying.
While the BFF-ship between Bella, Rachel and Tegan hits some bumps, I liked how real their friendship was – when you’re that age, everything is blown up, more than it is, and it was nice to see that they broke up and made up, like all normal teens, but they were always there for each other, proved by an epic – EPIC – food fight. And I loved Bella’s sister Jo! What a nice sister to have. And Zac! *Happy sigh*
I really, really enjoyed this book, it was so cute, so quick witted, I loved Bella Fisher, and I was so sad to finish her tale, although what a tale, and I loved the idea of Pssst, only because I am horrifically nosy (what can I say, it’s a Brit thing???). This is the perfect read, it should be in every school, read by every teen because they’ll relate so much to this book. For anyone who has ever felt even the tiniest bit awkward, this book is for you!