Love Is A Four-letter Word

Love Is A Four-letter Word

Book - 2011
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Clarissa survives two makeovers, discovers a hidden talent for badminton, makes new friends, and learns that while the word many be simple, love itself rarely is.
Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, 2011.
ISBN: 9781443107877
Branch Call Number: YA VAN
Characteristics: 237 p. ;,20 cm.

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Jun 26, 2012

Oh, MG. <3 I'm pretty sure the highest compliment I can give a middle-grade novel is that it made me want to relive middle school over again, and Love is a Four-Letter Word did. The birthday party at an Asian restaurant, the auditioning for the local theatre, even the cluelessness with which Mattie picked her crushes all are middle school incarnate.

Then there's Clarissa, who's retained her delightful sass and sense of righteousness to make for dozens of hilarious situations that spur the storyline forward almost effortlessly. The encounters involving her and her mother's new boyfriend, the jealousy she feels towards Benji getting into the play without her and the confusion around her relationship with Michael are all so real and down-to-earth that you can't help but say, "This IS how it is."

Though the plot does coast along at a fairly snappy pace, it isn't anything spectacularly original. In the end, Love is a Four-Letter Word is a novel that relates just how a fourteen-year-old girl in the middle of the biggest transition of her life feels.

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