Awkward by Marni Bates
Mackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she’s the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous – not to mention unwelcome – attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, Mackenzie is an Internet sensation, with four million hits and counting. Sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes, she even catches the eye of the most popular guy at school. And that’s when life gets really interesting…(Goodreads)
OMG you guys, our girl Mackenzie just hopes to blend in. It’s not that she’s miserable or unhappy in any way, it’s just that she accepts that this is the way life is. There are popular people and there are invisible people, Mackenzie being the latter. She’s a smartypants, the girl you go to for help with schoolwork, but you otherwise ignore. Unfortunately, a mega-embarrassing youtube video of Mackenzie making a ridiculous attempt at CPR on a popular football player begins making the rounds. Within days Mackenzie goes from being invisible to totally mortified to crazy internet sensation. This video becomes the key to her popularity–something she didn’t know she wanted–and may finally help her get the attention of the one quiet, dreamy popular guy she’s had her eye on for years.
All of this new-found fame complicates Mackenzie’s life and causes problems in her relationship with her pal, Logan. Logan is the “it guy” in school and Mackenzie has been tutoring him for quite a while. They’re comfortable with each other and Logan isn’t really too sure of what to make of this new, popular girl. In fact, Mackenzie isn’t really sure what to do. It’s hard to tell who really likes her and who just likes the attention.
Oh my goodness, this book is adorable. I loved Mackenzie. She’s absolutely hilarious. She’s a smart, sweet girl with insecurities we can all relate to and she never really seems to have a problem with being invisible. That’s what I enjoyed about her. In fact, she’s pretty thrown by her instant popularity. There are some perks, but it’s not as if this is the life she’s always dreamed of.
Mackenzie’s rise to fame is, though a little far-fetched, a fun element of the story. It’s interesting to see her become a pop culture phenomenon when all she’s really hoping to do is manage NOT to look like an idiot most of the time. As far as the lovey dovey stuff, there’s great crushworthy potential. Logan is sweet and charming and the banter he has with Mackenzie is funny and feels like a real friendship.
Marni Bates has a fun, poppy writing style. This reminded be a bit of any number of Meg Cabot books or of a more recent fav, Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters. The situations are over the top enough to be entertaining and the dialogue and inner monologue of the protagonist is funny and had me rooting for her.
Crush Intensity: 4/5 So, so cute.
Fun Tid Bit: This has been optioned by Disney. Yay!
Thank you to Candice at The Grown Up YA. I won this book in a contest she held.