“Charlie” by Dalya Moon
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction
Source: Kindle Freebie
Other books: Cousins Forever
Summary from Goodreads:
It’s 1988, and Charlie Woodchuck is the most minor of niners. At thirteen, she’s the youngest girl at Snowy Cove High School, and so clueless, she wore leg warmers and acid-wash jeans on her first day. Big mistake! Almost as big a mistake as signing up for a boys-only shop class. Doy.
Just when she thinks the first week of high school can’t get any more weird, Charlie discovers she may be adopted. According to her Science textbook, her eyes should be blue, not brown.
Now the girl with the boy’s name will have to use her detective skills to uncover the mystery of her identity. She’ll need the help of best friend Stacy, expert blackmailer, and new friend Ross, expert class clown.
Before the year ends, Charlie will face down the biggest bullies of all: the all-powerful members of Snowy Cove’s School Board. The Board doesn’t like what Charlie’s been up to, and they’re all out of doughnuts.
Charlie was a hilarious book. Yes, she’s dealing with situations that really shouldn’t be funny but you can’t help but laugh (since it’s not happening to you). Those are always the funniest books. It reminded me a lot of Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters.
I like her spunk. I guess I’ve taken some things like being able to take shop if I want to for granted so it’s really weird to see Charlie have to fight to take it. Good for her though. Charlie can be a bit over-dramatic and bratty but I’m pretty sure that goes with the age. Her moods were pretty realistic.
It’s a pretty short book but there’s quite a bit crammed in: Charlie’s family problem, Stacy’s problems, and Woodshop. That made the book very easy reading. You didn’t want to put the book down! There’s no good place to stop.
Moon is way too good at writing crappy friends. Stacy drove me crazy. It really brings back memories of middle and high school. Yes, girls can be that awful.
The bottom line? Charlie is a very funny and enjoyable read.