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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Reader's Diary #1328- Svetlana Chmakova: Awkward

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova has two main plots that are somewhat intertwined. Peppi, a new girl in middle school, has not gotten off to a good start. After tripping and spilling her books everywhere, a sweet and quiet boy named Jaime lends her a hand. However, when the gathering crowd starts to call her the "nerder girlfriend" she saves face by pushing and yelling at Jaime to leave her alone. Almost instantly she regrets it but cannot bring herself to apologize and of course, the longer it takes her to do so, the more "awkward" it becomes. The second plot sees Peppi's art club at war with Jaime's science club.

It's a charming story, amusing and sweet. To be honest, it probably teeters on the edge of didactic but I doubt that the younger readers it's aimed at will mind terribly.

I enjoyed the very manga-influenced art though not the colouring. It appeared quite washed out and I wasn't sure what the purpose was. I suppose it could be argued that there's a sepia tone which could suggest nostalgia, except it doesn't really read like a nostalgic story. There are also a few scenes at a Discovery Center where ecosystems are coloured much more boldly, and I suppose, they wouldn't have stood out as much had the rest of the book been coloured likewise, but they hardly seem pivotal to the plot and not worth sacrificing all of that colour elsewhere.

1 comment:

Nicola Mansfield said...

Glad you liked it. It's sitting on my table in my upcoming tbr pile.