About the book:
Title: The Secret Language of Girls
Author: Frances O’Roark Dowell
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, realistic fiction, middle grade
In the old days, when Kate had no interest in romance, she never cared what other people thought. Now, it appeared, love was turning her into a rotten human being.
Eleven-year-old Kate Faber wishes she could talk to her best friend, Marylin, about this. But Marylin is no longer her best friend. Or is she? Kate and Marylin were always the kind of best friends who lived on the same block for their entire lives, and who agreed on what kinds of boys were worth kissing and who should be invited to their sleepover. The kind of best friends who didn’t need words to talk, but who always just knew.
But lately Marylin has started to think that Kate can be a bit babyish. And Kate thinks Marylin is acting like a big snob. Somehow nothing is the same, but secretly Kate and Marylin both wish it could be…
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads
Review: Meh… that’s basically my reaction to this book. I guess I’m growing out of these types of books. This is like SO many other middle grade books I’ve read, and there are just too many books like this! Honestly, I think authors should come up with more unique ideas than middle school friendship troubles, because this topic is so overused! The plots of these types of books are basically: Girl goes to middle school for the first time with her best friend. Her best friend ditches her-oh no! That best friend then becomes popular and gains a lot of ‘cool’ new friends, while the protagonist is left alone and has no one to sit with at lunch. And then-what a surprise!-they become friends again at the end of the book, when the best friend realizes that her new ‘friends’ weren’t as nice as she first thought they would be. Sound familiar? I agree! This book did not impress me at all, nor was it in any way unique. I read it in under a day considering the length of this book-247 pages with huge print! The characters sounded WAY younger than 11, I would’ve guessed that they were 8 or 9. I was 11 not so long ago, and trust me, my peers were WAY more mature than these characters! If I was younger then I probably would’ve loved this book, but I’m not sure about now, now that I’m a teenager. If you are in middle school or a super avid middle grade reader, then definitely give this book a chance! Maybe your opinion will differ from mine, as this would probably relate to you much more!
Rating: 2.5/5 Stars
30 Day Book Challenge:
Today’s prompt is a book that everyone hated but I liked. Sorry, I’ll have to pass on this one for today, because I don’t have a book for this category!