rating: 4 of 5 stars
Emma-Jean Lazarus is not your typical seventh-grader. She would rather observe her fellow classmates than talk to them. After all, they are often irrational and their lives are messy and disorderly. She, however, tries to conduct hers logically and without as much fuss as she can. This all changes when Emma-Jean encounters Colleen Pomerantz crying in the girls' bathroom. In trying to help Colleen with her problems, Emma-Jean learns that a little mess in your life is an okay thing to have.
I really liked Emma Jean because she is a quirky and totally unique character. Unlike many of the heroines, she does not moon over a boy and/or engage in random acts of meanness with her friends. You find yourself sympathizing with Emma Jean very quickly and hoping she does not get hurt in the end.
This is also an easy read that I think would appeal to reluctant readers.
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