I received this book for free from BEA16 in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat
Published by HarperCollins on 2017-09-27
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary, Family, Friendship, Humorous Stories, Middle-Grade
Meet Abbie Wu! She’s about to start middle school and she’s totally in crisis.
Abbie Wu is in crisis—and not just because she’s stuck in a family that doesn’t quite get her or because the lunch ladies at school are totally corrupt or because everyone seems to have a “Thing” except her. Abbie Wu is in crisis always.
Heavily illustrated and embarrassingly honest, Frazzled dives right into the mind of this hilariously neurotic middle school girl as she tries to figure out who she is, where she belongs, and how to survive the everyday disasters of growing up. With Abbie’s flair for the dramatic and natural tendency to freak out, middle school has never seemed so nerve-racking!
Packed with hilarious black-and-white illustrations and doodles throughout, Frazzled takes readers through Abbie Wu’s hysterical middle school adventures.
This was one of my top books that I wanted to pick up while I was at BEA earlier this year and I’m SO SO SO glad I did! And then when the tour invite went out, I jumped on the chance to be a part of it and help spread the love for this amazing book! So check out my review and make sure you don’t miss the giveaway at the end!!!
This book was so much fun! Even reading it as an adult, I could relate to Abbie so well. Plus, the illustrations throughout the book add so much humor to the story, I could not stop laughing! I’m always a little nervous when picking up middle-grade books because you never really know if the writing will work well for adults as well as kids, but you do not have to worry about this one. Booki Vivat wrote a fantastically humorous book that will appeal to both kids and adults!
One of the reasons I related to Abbie so well is that I’m a huge worrier. And I was even worse in school. I worried about everything and Abbie does as well. And it’s all exaggerated by the fact that she’s starting a new school this year and it just happens to be middle school. She doesn’t know if she’ll have any friends or what her extra class should be. She’s suppose to pick something she’s interested in but she can’t think of anything. And she spends days worrying about what she’ll do on the first day. I remember so many times just sitting in my room worrying about the next day of school and somehow, Vivat made those times funny! I wish I had been able to read something like this back then and realized that I probably wasn’t the only one who was worried about everything from where I would sit at lunch to whether or not I would be called on my one of my terrible teachers.
But the book isn’t just about worrying about school. It’s also about wanting to fit in and find a place for yourself when you still aren’t quite sure who you are. And again, so many of those feelings were captured perfectly in this book and the illustrations. The pressure to figure out who we are starts so young and we aren’t always sure of who we are in middle school. Or even as adults. Everyone wants you to define yourself in one word or one profession or one extra curricular but we aren’t just those things. And I appreciated getting to watch Abbie try and find her “thing” and create places for herself when she didn’t quite fit in anywhere else (sometimes even at home where she feels like her siblings run the show).
Most of all, though, this book is just lots of fun. I read it almost as soon as I brought it back from BEA. I just couldn’t wait! And I loved it! My daughter then grabbed it out of my hands as soon as I was done and loved it as well. So I can tell you for sure that it will appeal to both kids and adults. And she’s not a worrier like I am but she still loved Abbie and her adventures. I hope you guys will give this book a chance. It really is a fun book that reminds us how hard being in school can be but also how great it is when you find close friends and something that’s special. And how our families can surprise us, even when we might think we have them all figured out.
3 Finished Copies of FRAZZLED (US Only)