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Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail

Well, That Was Awkward

by Rachel Vail

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Great for Year 7-8 students, especially girls as very PG. Gracie, Emmett, Sienna and AJ have been friends since primary school and are now in their last year at Junior High. Gracie decides she like AJ but one of the "mean girls" Riley beats her to the punch and asks her to ask his best mate Emmett to ask AJ who he likes. AJ says Sienna not Riley, so then there is pressure from the class group for Sienna and AJ to become girlfriend and boyfriend which is supposed to happen at Gracie's lame party but doesn't.
Cue lots and lots of texting between AJ and Sienna, but it isn't Sienna, it is Gracie using Sienna's phone because S is too awkward to text him herself.
Book includes a dead sister and a lost tortoise....a very funny and sometimes sad novel that I think is true to life. Highly recommended. ( )
  nicsreads | Jul 29, 2018 |
There are unexpected consequences when thirteen-year-old Gracie sends texts pretending to be her bashful best friend.
  tartanlibrary | May 22, 2018 |
A realistic fiction novel, this is a Lone Star 2018 selection.

Isn’t everything awkward at middle school age? Gracie is always okay, always happy, always ready with a quick quip. Her sister Brett died before she was born, but her death has made her parents very cautious with Gracie and has made Gracie feel like she needs to be happy for her parents and not bring them any distress. Her best friend is Sienna, who is beautiful, kind, and athletic. They often hang out with Emmett and AJ. Things change when Gracie suddenly realizes that AJ has somehow become cute. Awkward.

Dating in middle school can be awkward. When you go to school, you have close friends, friends, and people you kind of know. Riley is one of the other friends that the gang also spend time with. She is beautiful and knows it and brags about going on auditions. She starts it all: Find out who AJ likes from Emmett. Texts ping pong back and forth in the novel. Gracie learns from Emmett that AJ likes Sienna. Gracie, always okay and happy, tries to be happy for Sienna, but Riley isn’t so happy. Because Sienna feels awkward and doesn’t know what to say to AJ, she has Gracie handle all of the texting back and forth.

Gracie and Emmett end up being the only people who aren’t awkward around each other. They live just a few floors apart, so they are accustomed to spending more time together. This novel is pretty realistic--from the texts to the awkwardness to the meltdown that Gracie is building toward by trying to be great, happy, and okay ALL the time. I thought it was super cute and enjoyed listening to it. ( )
  acargile | Dec 19, 2017 |
Oh the fickle hearts and the daily angst of the middle school student! This book was a bit too predictable and I didn't really like it but I think it would make a great middle grade/ early YA read. This book discusses the peer pressure to date, fickle friendships, bullying from the popular crowd, and self-esteem issues which are all realistic and relevant issues that kids face today. ( )
  DMPrice | Jun 12, 2017 |
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Gracie has never felt like this before.  One day, she suddenly can’t breathe, can’t walk, can’t anything—and the reason is standing right there in front of her, all tall and weirdly good-looking: A.J.
But it turns out A.J. likes not Gracie but Gracie’s beautiful best friend, Sienna. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna. Super happy! She helps Sienna compose the best texts, responding to A.J.’s surprisingly funny and appealing texts, just as if she were Sienna. Because Gracie is fine. Always! She’s had lots of practice being the sidekick, second-best.

It’s all good. Well, almost all. She’s trying.

Funny and tender, Well, That Was Awkward goes deep into the heart of middle school, and  finds that even with all the heartbreak, there can be explosions of hope and moments of perfect happiness.

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There are unexpected consequences when thirteen-year-old Gracie sends texts pretending to be her bashful best friend, Sienna, and their friend Emmett starts texting back pretending to be shy A.J.

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