Review: Awkward by Marni Bates

Posted March 15, 2012 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Awkward by Marni BatesAwkward by Marni Bates
Series: Smith High #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Published by K-Teen, Kensington on January 1, 2012
Pages: 300
Format: Paperback
Source: The Teen Book Scene Blog Tour
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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...

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Awkward by Marni Bates was such an enjoyable read I couldn’t put it down. Going into it I thought it would be good, since the synopsis capture my attention but it was so much more. The story revolves Mackenzie normal high school girl who classifies herself as only being really known for her smarts and is okay with that. Until this really in embarrassing indecent happens which is then broadcast to the world, instantly throwing her into the limelight, somewhere she does not want to be.

I instantly related to Mackenzie because who hadn’t been or felt awkward during high school? I like how even though she wasn’t popular she didn’t want to be and was ok with who she was. As her life totally changed it was fun to read about her new adventures as she navigated the world of popularity and being in the public eye.

Even though her status changed, she didn’t completely changed with it, keeping true to her self, family and friends while at the same time exploring her limits and really finding herself. I got to see how Mackenzie, with all her awkwardness and faults, dealt with and be challenged by things. I really enjoyed the added romance with the story. I say it was predictably fun, meaning though you probably knew what would happen it was still enjoyable to read and I loved how it slowly developed within the story. It had my anticipation high, waiting for when it would fully come together.

The characters were realistic, relatable and fun; from Mackenzie friends Jane and Corey, her mother and brother and who Mackenzie clearly classified as “The Notables”. It was refreshing that they all played important roles with the story and I liked how they integrated with Mackenzie’s life. I especially loved Logan; he was sarcastic funny and kept Mackenzie on her toes.

Overall Awkward by Marni Bates was a hilarious fun read that I enjoyed from beginning to end. Everything from her crazy predicaments to the interesting characters had me hooked. Readers looking for a funny engrossing read should pick up Awkward.

5 Stars

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