Title: Super Awkward(2016)
Author: Beth Garrod
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Humour and Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic UK
Release Date: 1st September 2016
Reviewed by: Lois
“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.) ”
Super Awkward is all about 15-year-old Bella. She thinks her life is always going to be ‘Super Awkward‘. Bella has to miss her best friend’s birthday party because her mum has dragged her to a caravan park in wales for a week. What else can go wrong…? A lot!
I wish this book had been published when I was 15. I would have felt so much better about my life if I had Bella’s life to compare it to. This book is such a fun, humorous and quick read. It was the perfect book to read to get me out of my reading slump. I read this entirety of this book in one sitting. I just could not put the book down, I wanted to know what happened next.
The story and characters were so relatable and made me feel like I was back in high school. Bella is an amazing main character, awkwardness and all. Everyone will be able to relate to Bella in one way or another. She is extremely funny and awkward. Bella’s best friends Rachel and Tegan reminded me of my own high school friends. Their friendship and rough patches made for great moments in the story. Bella’s relationship with her sister was one of my favourites in the book. It reminded me so much of my relationship with my sister. Bella’s mum was fantastic. Yes, she was cringey and likely awkward for Bella but when she was a part of a chapter I couldn’t stop laughing.
Romance does play a big part in this story. One form of romance come from Bella’s ex-boyfriend Luke and the trouble he is causing. Another is a boy she meets whilst at the caravan park in Wales in a very embarrassing yet hilarious way. I was a big fan of the fact that despite the many love interests in this book that there was never a love-triangle storyline. I am not a big fan of love-triangles so the absence of one in Super Awkward made me like the book even more.
Super Awkward is a very up-to-date and current story with many pop culture references to laugh at throughout. I feared before reading this book that it would feel rather immature. I was very wrong to think that. This book and its humour will appeal to a wide range of ages. It is the type of humour that even as you age takes you back to your own teenage years.
Beth Garrod is an incredible author. This book is written fantastically and Beth’s own sense of humour has definitely made its way into this book. I cannot wait to start reading this books sequel ‘Truly Madly Awkward‘. I’m sure it will be just as amazing.
Overall, I cannot recommend this book enough especially if you are looking for a YA book with humour and lovable characters. I will certainly be re-reading this book in the future!
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