Confetti Girl, written by Diana Lopez, comes across much like its cover: bright, fresh, and full of life. I can't tell you how much I love the cover and the main character shines just bright.
Apolonia "Lina" Flores, is a self-proclaimed sock enthusiast, loving socks of all colors, shapes, and designs, a slightly crazy hobby giving hint to her slightly crazy life. Her house is filled to the brim with her father's books, which wouldn't be such a bad thing is he hadn't named her "Apolonia," after a character in one of them and she's growing up without a mom, as she passed away a few years before. Lina has lots of questions about life and isn't getting a whole lot of answers out of her dad....or really out of anyone.
Typical middle school issues mingle nicely with the tragedy that overshadows Lina and her dad, things like boys, crushes, grades, and friendships. Lina loves science and sports, but her English grade? Not so great. The boy she likes? Not sure if he really likes her back. And her best friend? Acting super-weird since she got a boyfriend.
Lopez proved to be a great voice for middle grade girls, with a fresh, likable main character, and true-to-life situations. I saw a lot of myself in Lina, growing up in a single parent household, not knowing how to ask the questions I always wanted to ask and not always knowing just who to trust. A bright and colorful plot to match a bright and colorful cover!
Recommended for library shelves.
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Middle Grade Fiction
Little, Brown Young Readers