Karen’s Declaration: I’m a Fan of This Book

April 15th, 2010 by

Yes, the book's got gnomes in it!

In our recent “You Go, Girl!” podcast, I recommended A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban, about a girl who suddenly finds herself friendless and how she deals with that along with some family stuff (plus there’s a musical recital involved).

Well, if you liked that book, I’ve got another one for you: Rissa Bartholomew’s Declaration Of Independence by Lynda B. Comerford. It’s about a girl who suddenly finds herself friendless and how she deals with that along with some family stuff (plus there’s a musical recital involved).

Yes, apparently I have a very particular taste in books. But don’t worry — though there are similarities in the premise, Rissa Bartholomew’s Declaration Of Independence is by no means a repeat of A Crooked Kind of Perfect. Whereas Zoe in Crooked is dumped by her best friend, Rissa actively declares independence from her entire group of pals — hence the book title.

As you can imagine, Rissa’s life is pretty lonely after she tells off all her friends in the world. And that’s actually my favorite thing about this book! To be clear, I’m not taking pleasure in Rissa’s pain — sure, I make fun of Justin Bieber’s baby voice and ridiculous sneakers every once in a while, but I’m not THAT mean.

No, I just love how real Rissa’s experience feels. It’s not sugar-coated whatsoever, and not all kids’ books can say that. So declare your independence from books that talk down to kids — and pick up Rissa Bartholomew’s Declaration Of Independence!

— Karen

Unlike Rissa, Karen never feels lonely — not when she’s got her Harry Potter pillow to keep her company! More about Karen »


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