Awkward (Smith High)
It wasn't deep or highly philosophical or anything. Instead, it was a cute book with a few themes that are common in YA. Awkward follows the story of Mackenzie. She is what you can call the invisible Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog After having read the summary for Awkward, I didn't really have huge expectations. She is what you can call the invisible girl in her high school. On top of that, she's awkward. After her failed attempt at CPR on a guy at school is filmed and posted on Youtube , Mackenzie becomes an internet sensation and rockets to popularity.
That girl is so likable and adorable. I think Mackenzie is the kind of character that most people can connect with. I know I did. She is funny, caring and tries to stand up for herself even though she is awkward.
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Moreover, she doesn't let the popularity get to her too much and it's very interesting to see her wade through her moment of fame. At the end of the book, you realize how much Mackenzie has grown. I especially loved her interactions with her friends. Overall, Mackenzie was a great protagonist. Logan is the guy Mackenzie tutors. He is also the most popular guy at school. He was down to earth, caring and sweet. Plus, he had issues that made him not so perfect as you would have thought.
I think that Logan pretty much proves that not all popular guys are how they are usually depicted in teen movies. Awkward has a solid set of secondary characters. They are all equally likable. I especially liked the interaction between Mackenzie and the band. I also like the fact that her brother and mother play an important part in this book. The romance in this book progresses slightly. Although it was quite predictable, I found it cute. The relationship between Mackenzie and Logan starts from tutors then goes to friendship and then into dating. Also, the book doesn't focus a too much on the romance.
Logan and Mackenzie are like a different version of Etienne and Anna! If you like romances where the characters fall in love really fast, then you probably won't like it. Marni Bates is a great YA contemporary writer. Her writing style is smooth and fluid. It makes you want to read more and more. Also, she has a very funny voice. I think her writing style is really amazing since this is her first book and all. Plus, she's really young.
I know I'll be picking up her other books when they come out. Overall, Awkward is a delightful and funny read. If you're looking for a book that is light, fluffy and quick read, then I recommend this book to you.
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View all 3 comments. Nov 30, tarawrawr rated it it was amazing Shelves: That was me throughout all of Awkward — I was a giggly, squealing mess because I was having so much fun. And Marni Bates knows teens. Awkward is so unbelievably relatable and embarrassing and I swear I was turning red with embarrassment for Mackenzie. Logan is going to be one of those male fictional characters that sticks with me for a long time. He was just so interesting and normal and nice but still guy-like and just, so swoon worthy in certain moments. Jan 28, Wendy Darling rated it it was ok Shelves: The better, less farfetched, much funnier, and much smarter version of this story?
Piper Banks' Geek High series. Being socially awkward and a bit clumsy, the spotlight is a no-no.
Awkward (Smith High, #1) by Marni Bates
Aside from that, she watches from afar with her two besties, Jane and Corey, and works hard to get into the college she wants. Of course, that's until her clumsiness changes everything One day, while making study plans with Logan, Mackenzie accidentally plows into a football player with her massive backpack full of textbooks. The guy topples over, falls down a set of stairs, and lands sprawled on the floor.
Mackenzie thinks she's killed the guy and proceeds to straddle him and perform CPR. Only, she has no idea if she's even doing it right and acts accordingly: Panics, yells, doesn't even notice the guy is fine and attempting to remove her from atop him. When the whole debacle shows up on YouTube, Mackenzie gains all that attention she never wanted, becomes famous, and ends up hurting someone in the aftermath of it all. So much for being invisible, right? The only thing I wasn't happy about was the fact that the realism seemed to fade away with the whole hanging-out-with-and-singing-with-a-band thing.
I also hoped we'd find out who taped the whole thing and made Mackenzie famous. Alas, we do not find out. Mackenzie is the most endearing character I think I've ever encountered. I just love her! While adjusting to the spotlight, she comes out of the shell she's built for herself ever since her dad cheated on her mom and left them. She grows as a person and learns a whole lot about herself and the people around her.
Her journey is an inspiring, albeit comical, one. I think just about anyone would fall in love with this protagonist. The plot moves along at a really fast pace. There are no lulls and no dull moments. I read through this book super fast. It's just one of those stories where you can't get enough! It's creative and filled with surprises. There's drama, romance, comedy - and with action to boot. By far, the best thing about this story is the comedic element.
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I can't say it enough - this book is so so so funny. It has a few serious moments, but it's mostly fluffy and cute. Don't underestimate the storytelling, though. It's well done and impressive. Awkward is a book I'd recommend to ALL people. It's packed tight with humor, action, and wonderful characters. It's funny without trying too hard.
It's got a hint of romance that, although not the main focus of the book, is a great story in itself. It's realistic in how it portrays high school life and the possibility of insta-internet-fame. Not that I know anything about that, but if I had to imagine what it'd be like, I'd say this seems about right! This book is totally fun, totally cute, and a complete joy to read. AND it was satisfying. Everything comes together in a really great ending that left me with a smile on my face. It's also clean aside from a little underage drinking - no sex, no cussing, no violence.
Puede que se haga viral y lo transmitan en la TV, etc. En fin, son bastantes personajes bueno, no tantos pero no me quiero explayar tanto con los detalles. Jan 13, Melanie rated it it was ok. I am in the minority if not sitting in a room all by myself in disliking this book. In fact, I seem to be having one of those "Did we all read the same book? Where to start with my problems with this book I don't know if I can control myself. As a lifelong Portland-area resident, I was totally excited to see the book set in Forest Grove, Oregon.
It's always fun to see how authors infuse their boo Yup. It's always fun to see how authors infuse their books with local flavor, and I hoped for some fun familiarity. While the author does apparently live here, I can only hope she is a transplant, as she has managed to mangle the Portland area and people completely. One simply cannot leave Forest Grove on a whim on a weekday afternoon, trot down to the Lloyd Center a minute drive WITHOUT the heinous westside traffic , mosey around the mall for a couple of hours, then drive back in one afternoon.
Incorrect and weird Portland references were sprinkled throughout the book, constantly slapping me out of the action and making me say, "What the? The foundation of this story rests on the "awkward", "nerdy", "geeky" main character. An image forms of a certain kind of character from these descriptors; however, aside from her being smart and studious, and one very weird incident, I did not feel she came even close to any of those words.
And so I find that offensive to all people who truly are "nerdy", "geeky" or "awkward". This girl is apparently attractive, witty and interesting to other people, quickly making friends wherever she goes and admired by strangers and peers alike. All the awkwardness feels forced into the scenes by the author, because MC is "supposed" to be weird, not because she actually is. And all that falls away or is added back on as the scenes dictate. We have the usual high schooler angst, family drama, sexual orientation issues, learning disabilities, fame and paparazzi, rock stars, hockey and The author made the classic mistake of having so much she wanted to "say" and not having an editor rein her in.
The book felt very disjointed due to the many subplots floating around. There were good points to the book. I appreciated the growth the MC went through, the friends were a good foil to her often self-centered ways, the crush was a very nice character and one of the most "real" people in the book. Otherwise, this was a total bust for me. Dec 17, Amy Lignor rated it it was amazing. This novel really shows you the power of Youtube and all those other technological programs and devices we all seem to love so much. In fact, it will remind you of all those news programs that talk about how the government watches our every move each and every day.
Mackenzie Wellesley was one of those quiet, brilliant nerds who liked to stay far away from the spotlight. He is one of the extremely hot guys in the super-cool crowd who she tutors in history so that he can keep his grades up. One day, however, her calm, quiet life is thrown into a tailspin. Hitting one of the football players with her seriously heavy backpack by mistake, the player hits the cement. Without thinking, Mackenzie begins to go into hysterics, screaming about CPR and whether or not the boy is dead.
Mackenzie soon misses the invisible part of her life, as reporters take up residence on her lawn. Her younger brother is extremely angry at her for being the family embarrassment. Logan is talking to her more and more, trying his best to help her through this situation. But going from a nobody to a somebody overnight has just as many risks as it does rewards, and watching Mackenzie try to figure out her new life is absolutely hysterical. Until Next Time, Amy Jul 04, Audrey Graser rated it liked it Shelves: Awkward 1 Main character: I get it, the book is entitled "Awkward" but sometimes it was a little too much.
I loved that she was flawed. It was a little stereotypical, but the fame did change her and she had to realize that. I loved Corey, Melanie and Mackenzie's broth Title: As for Logan, at first I thought he was just after Mackenzie for the fame especially during the Lloyd Center scene where he didn't want people to see them with books but after his secret came out, everything made sense. As is usual for chick-flick YA books, there was nothing particularly moving or exceptional about the writing style, but it was entertaining. There were a couple grammatical errors which I realize is picky, but hey, I'm an English major.
A lot of the moments reminded me of The Princess Diaries. One thing I have to rave about: I thought it cleared up a lot about where Mackenzie's life was going to go through a cool plot device. I also enjoyed her realizations about what she had done wrong and what she had done right. It fits well with the theme but not instantly my favorite cover style. Jan 06, Dea rated it really liked it Shelves: It is a quick and fun and hilarious read that deals with coming out of your own shell and learning how to trust again.
Mackenzie, having been famous for her video on YouTube where she knocked out a jock and attempted to do CPR, suddenly faces a life of a Hollywood celebrity over the weekend. Mackenzie is the type of heroine who I can most relate myself to, being awkward and shy and all. Another reason why it worked for me is her unwavering personality. The secondary characters were also hard not to admire especially Logan, the Notable of all Notables read: Marni Bates wrote an incredibly cute debut novel for teenagers and young-adult readers. Fans of Meg Cabot and Stephanie Perkins will surely be entertained with this one.
Jul 29, Nina rated it liked it. I sometimes find myself having to alternate between more intense and series books with lighter reads otherwise I'd be a nervous wreck. I worry about my characters too much sometimes. Mackenzie is used to flying under the radar and spending her time studying for her multiple AP classes. Usually, she rambles when she's nervous and finds herself in awkward situations. During one of her most embarrassing moments in public, some mystery person decided to record it and put it on YouTube.
The video goes viral and she is suddenly thrown into the spotlight. Mackenzie has to find a way to deal with this new found attention from the media as well as her classmates. Good - Mackenzie stays true to her friends. They stick by her throughout everything and she reciprocates. I actually cringed a few times because of the weird things she would say to people. This made me feel like her character was more believable.
Bad - I felt like the secondary characters could have been fleshed out a little more. I think that was pretty juvenile and I really don't find it believable. Teenagers don't talk like that.. This book was super short and easy to read. I finished it in a few hours. I needed something that was light and not so serious and this was perfect for that.
Jan 31, Avon Bernabe rated it it was amazing. Love love love this book! The title really suits the book. Mackenzie is one hell of an awkward girl. But that won't be a hindrance dear. Because judging by what happened to her life, you might want to be an awkward too. Seriously, I won't mind. And I liked how this book showed that in a way. Same, but not quite the same. That's why I loved this one. I loved how it was able to make me laugh from the simple "remi Love love love this book!
I loved how it was able to make me laugh from the simple "reminiscing" that Jane said to Mack. That "spitting" and "farting" thing. That was totally hilarious.
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Then from serious matters. They were not too heavy but that's fine with me.
This book has just something that pulls me. Even some of those serious events seem to amuse me. That's how great the characters are. And ofcourse the writer. Bates did a great job. I was also entertained with how Mackenzie thinks of the best and truthful reply but would end up saying the other thing. For some reason, that didn't bother me. She's just so smart, full of humor, good person, and though she's not really aware, she's kinda hot.
D Who would have forget the almighty Logan? So gentleman, eventhough he's popular. I would not mind having him for myself. It contains the trends, and that's so cool. Twilight and Robert Pattinson were even mentioned. I'm a huge fan of theirs. So there, this book will not be a waste of time. You'll never wanna put it down! Oct 30, Paulina rated it it was amazing. I am sure this book will never win a Novel. It is not a piece of literature that schools will make you read at literature class and no one is going to write an essay on this book.
BUT Mackenzie is an amazing character and she is not only concerned about grades. She also tries to help her mom out, takes care of annoying little brother and supports endlessly her two I am sure this book will never win a Novel. She also tries to help her mom out, takes care of annoying little brother and supports endlessly her two best friends.
She is a great person and personally I think that was the whole point of the book: Mackenzie learning to appreciate herself like she deserves too. I think this is very important. Everyone goes through this 'I am not even worth the air Im breathing phase'. I loved the part when mackenzie does a list of what she needs to improve on. The fact that she wrote: We always think about how misfortuned we are because we will never afford designer clothes or how we'd love to travel around the world or something.
But it is rare that we have someone that knows how lucky they are because they were given someone to rely on. The story was about self discovery and feeling good with yourself and it was wrapped in a funny, cute, easy and of course awkward way, it was perfect.
Jan 08, Mari rated it really liked it. I loved how insanely awkward Mackenzie is. I loved how Jane, Corey and Mack's brother Dylan were so protective and loyal to her. And I love Logan, as in "can I have him for myself? Awkward is chock-full of pop-culture references and for the most part, it works. Of course, the downside to this is it makes the story feel dated. A good example would be that of a celebrity mentioning his wife, when everyone knows well, everyone who has read Hollywood breaking news in One word: A good example would be that of a celebrity mentioning his wife, when everyone knows well, everyone who has read Hollywood breaking news in that the two have gone kaput.
And oh, I'm pretty sure aplusk was "tweeting" and not "twittering" about Mack. I nitpick, I know. Nevertheless, this book is funny, refreshing, and a quick read. You probably think you know me I kid you not, sighed. I killed him, I thought numbly. I killed him with my awkwardness! Mar 02, Emily Anne rated it really liked it Shelves: Okay, for the record, I loved, loved, loved this book! It made me laugh so hard. I will post a full review later! Dec 10, Aeicha rated it really liked it.
Bates has taken a familiar storyline and breathed new life into it with endearing characters, a story that is outlandish enough to be fun and exciting but realistic enough to be relatable, and a wonderfully quirky spark. In a high school divided into the Notables the rich and popular and the Invisibles, Mackenzie knows her place.
But that all changes after her most embarrassing moment ever is captured on film and posted on YouTube. Suddenly, awkward, geeky Mackenzie is famous. Reporters are hounding her for interviews, talk shows are inviting her to appear on their shows, designer clothes are appearing on her doorstop, and the It band of the moment, ReadySet uses her video in their latest music video.
Invisibility is no longer an option for Mackenzie. And things get even more complicated when cute, infuriating boys enter the picture. But, Awkward turned out to be such a refreshing, charming, and enjoyable read. Yes, the basic plot is familiar- awkward, outcast girl rises above the social hierarchy of high school, outwitting the mean girls and bullies, and gets the hot guy in the end-but Bates has managed to take this basic plot and create something quite special and meaningful.
I really loved how funny this book was. Bates writes with a smart and honest wit. There were scenes and dialogue that literally had me giggle-snorting! Bates offers readers a really empowering message throughout this book. A message about self-acceptance and being true to who you are. Bates also gives readers an insightful and honest glimpse into the varying family dynamics and relationships that exist. Awkward paces nicely and never drags; I actually found it quite a quick read.
The dialogue is fresh and hip. Modern pop culture plays a significant role throughout this book, which can be a tricky and dangerous move for an author to take. On the one hand, this makes the book fun, relatable, and very much in the moment, yet, on the other hand all the modern pop culture references may alienate some readers who are not familiar with them.
I think for the most part though, most teenagers today will find the pop culture focus in Awkward to be fun and entertaining. On the surface these characters are a bit stereotypical and familiar, but Bates does a wonderful job of making them engaging and relatable.
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Oh how I can relate to this awkward, quirky girl! We have the recital on tape. You can tell when my world imploded by the way my brown eyes expanded and my shoulder-length brown hair whipped my face as I looked from my dad to my happily waving mom. But it gets worse—so much worse. I was frozen while all the other little girls twirled and flounced around me.
I stumbled out of formation and—blinded by the stage lights—I tripped on the sound system cable and went flying right into the curtains, which promptly fell down and revealed my dad sucking face. And in this specific case I think Freud might have a point. I avoid the spotlight. I guess you could say that I strive for anonymity. We don't store any files, we just index the content of another websites via searchengines.
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