Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail: Book Review

November 11th, 2018 by

well-that-was-awkward-rachel-vailI admit it: I fully judged this book by its cover. And I was into it right away — the intriguing title, the characters on their phones, and what’s up with the turtle and the rabbit? As soon as I spotted Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail, I had to know more about it.

And then once I read the description on the back cover, I knew it was for me:

It’s all good. Well… almost.

When Gracie learns that her crush likes her best friend, Sienna, she decides to help Sienna compose perfect texts to him. And Gracie is super okay with it. Like, more than okay! In fact, it seems everyone around Gracie counts on her to be okay… all the time. But Gracie has a wonderful though complicated family, and a big nose (but cute toes!), plus she’s in middle school. What happens if sometimes she’s not fully okay?

I love a good romantic comedy, so I decided Well, That Was Awkward would be the perfect light-hearted book to take with me on vacation. But guess what — it was AND it wasn’t.

As the blurb promises, the book definitely delivers mistaken identity mishaps, witty banter, friend/crush drama, and a lot of fun.The story is told in first-person from Gracie’s point of view, and I really loved her vivacious voice. I also enjoyed Gracie’s interactions with her classmates and found all of that to be quite realistic. I pretty much ripped through the story and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.

But there was also a serious side that I didn’t expect — related to the death of Gracie’s sister years ago and how that loss still shapes her relationship with her parents and even informs the very core of her personality. I didn’t know about this part of the book, and it caught me by surprise as it was introduced on the very first page. What’s going on? I wanted a fluffy romantic farce! But I actually really loved this component of the story. It made Gracie’s character more rounded and deepened the book as a whole.

So I’d absolutely recommend Well, That Was Awkward, especially if you liked other books by Rachel Vail like Unfriended and Never Mind. I also think you’ll enjoy this book if you’re a fan of Goodbye, Stranger by Rebecca Stead or books by Jordan Sonnenblick like Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie.

Have YOU ever felt like your family or friends view you one way when you actually have many sides to you? Leave a comment with your story! Or just leave a comment if you’ve already read this book or any others by Rachel Vail!

— Karen

Karen is not really a sentimental person, yet she LOVES romantic comedies and especially Hallmark Christmas movies! This often comes as a surprise to people who view Karen as a grump.

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Funny Books, Reviewed by YOU

April 10th, 2012 by

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Orange who?
Orange you glad it’s time for a new post on Kidsmomo?


But seriously, folks… Over the weekend I mentioned that April is National Poetry Month. Well, it also happens to be National Humor Month!

In the past, Nancy and I have rounded up our favorite funny books for your reading pleasure, so today I thought I’d do something different and turn the spotlight on you!

Here are some of the coolest reviews for funny books that we’ve gotten from you guys over the years. So if you’re seeking something hilarious, giggle-tastic, LOL-inducing, and/or milk-out-your-nose/side-splitting, then look no further:

Never_Mind_Avi_Rachel_VailNever Mind! by Avi and Rachel Vail
Submitted by alyson(derf), Age 11 from Rhode Island
Rating: ★★★★★
Never mind is a fiction book,that will blow your socks off.It is the best book bye Avi yet.I recomend this to children ages 10-17 maybe even older.If you came up to me and said “should i read never mind by avi?” i would say- OH SWEET MOTHER OF POTATOS YOU SHOULD BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Reviewed by: Bat, Age 11 from Texas
Rating: ★★★★½
Picture this: you’re a member of a really rich family. You’re playing on the beach one day when a banker with a really bad cough turns up and tells you that your parents died in a fire that destroyed your whole mansion. You’re then put into the care of a really mean man who wants to inherit your fortune and makes you do all the chores. That’s exactly what happens to the Baudelaire childre*************** Sorry, my typewriter broke. As I was saying, that’s exactly what happened to the Baudelaire children. How do they cope? You’ll have to read this book (and the whole series) to find out. (One of the children loves inventing, another reads a lot, and another bites everything in sight.)

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka
Submitted by Jenna, Age 11 from Maine
Rating: ★★★★★
I first heard of this book when my teacher said she recommended it. But it looked kind of dumb, so I never did bother to read it. That is, until my teacher read it to my classmates and I. I loved it so much, I read it again by myself!

Knucklehead is a hilarious memoir by Jon Sciezka, telling of his childhood memories of living with his five brothers, Jim, Tom, Gregg, Brian, and Jeff. This book is full of funny memories and tons of photos. I really enjoyed the part when they brought the cat in the car with them and something hilarious happened. So you’re probably wondering what happened, right? Well, sorry, but you’re going to have to read this funny memior to find out!

Babymouse Series by Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm
Submitted by Elizabeth, Age almost 10 from New Hampshire
Rating: ★★★★★
Babymouse wears a pink heart dress and loves to eat pink cupcakes. She has a baby brother named Squeak and her best friend is Wilson Weasel. Babymouse gets pushed around by a mean cat named Felicia Furrypaws at school. Babymouse gets into all kinds of trouble and Wilson always helps her out. Unlike Babymouse he does everything right. My favorite book is Babymouse Burns Rubber. Have a squeaky day!

Have YOU read any fantastically funny books recently? Leave a comment with your recommendation, or submit a full review!

— Karen

Karen never got into the whole vampire craze, but she loves this joke: What’s a vampire’s favorite fruit? A neck-tarine! HA HA HA HA! Ha.

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Never Mind by Avi and Rachel Vail

January 12th, 2012 by

Submitted by alyson(derf), Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Never mind is a fiction book,that will blow your socks off.It is the best book bye Avi yet.I recomend this to children ages 10-17 maybe even older.If you came up to me and said “should i read never mind by avi?” i would say- OH SWEET MOTHER OF POTATOS YOU SHOULD BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kidsmomo Podcast #43: “Look Who’s Talking!”

March 8th, 2011 by

Karen says: You guys are gonna love our latest podcast, all about books with multiple viewpoints. And as a bonus, I tell some really fascinating stories about corn! I promise, you’ll be on the edge of your seat!

Nancy says: I think you’ll all really enjoy our latest podcast, all about books told in alternating perspectives. I’m just sorry that Karen talked about corn SO MUCH. Maybe you can fast forward through that part…

    Listen now:
    Download the MP3 (5 MB)

  • “Lost and found” — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Dumbledore tells all? We wish!
  • Our One Story, Multiple Narrators picks (Never Mind! and The View from Saturday)
  • Corn

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is books for series starring girls, in honor of Women’s History Month! So send us a review of your favorite series starring a girl, and check our picks for series starring girls.

— Karen and Nancy