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Can You Say Catastrophe?
by Laurie B. Friedman


Overview - April Sinclair just wants what any normal thirteen-year-old would want: to disown her parents and obnoxious little sisters; to escape to summer camp ASAP with her two best friends, Billy and Brynn; and to make a good impression on Matt Parker, the hot new boy next door.  Read more...

 
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Overview
April Sinclair just wants what any normal thirteen-year-old would want: to disown her parents and obnoxious little sisters; to escape to summer camp ASAP with her two best friends, Billy and Brynn; and to make a good impression on Matt Parker, the hot new boy next door.

Unfortunately, Matt witnesses April's utter humiliation at her birthday party. Then Billy kisses her. Just as April is trying to figure things out, her parents cancel her camp plans in lieu of a family RV trip. A summer of babysitting her sisters and ""re-bonding"" with her family isn't how she imagined life as a teenager. And it certainly won't help her straighten out her feelings about Billy or Matt. Is there any silver lining to a road trip in The Clunker with her family of misfits?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781467709255
  • ISBN-10: 1467709255
  • Publisher: Lerner Classroom
  • Publish Date: August 2013
  • Page Count: 151
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-14

Series: Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair #1

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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-08-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this witty and empathic first book in Friedman’s Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair series, 13-year-old April is endlessly irritated by her younger sisters, May and June, as well her ever-embarrassing parents. April is mortified when her sisters expose her crush on new neighbor Matt in front of Matt himself, but that’s just the beginning. In a journal-style narrative that spans several months, April recounts being kissed (and then ignored) by her best friend Billy, suffering “complete humiliation” when her sisters catch her examining herself naked in the mirror (April is self-conscious about her “tiny” butt and uneven breasts), and having her sister June point out the tampon string hanging from April’s bikini bottom at the pool (once again in front of neighbor Matt). The final straw: being forced to “re-bond” with her family on a road trip instead of attending summer camp. Friedman (the Mallory series) makes April believably melodramatic, self-absorbed, and insecure, yet keeps her fully sympathetic as she faces the confusion of growing up, changing relationships, and figuring out what truly matters. Ages 10–15. (Oct.)

 
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