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Read + Review: The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy


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Rahul is about to start a new school year at Greenville Junior High. It’s the last day of summer, and Rahul is not prepared to go back to school. He is now a seventh grader, and things do not seem to be looking his way. At the end of the first week of school, he is already being bullied by his greatest enemy, Frank. However, he stays strong with the help of his best friend, Chelsea. He also has his most favorite person in the world to help him along the way, his grandfather, Bhai. Together, they help Rahul overcome the challenges that are thrown at them throughout the new school year.


I enjoyed this book because the author made me feel a connection to this book and to its main character. I understood what Rahul was going through, and it connected me more to the book because he was a middle schooler just like me. I also liked how Bhai knows Rahul like the back of his hand. He knows exactly what to do to cheer Rahul up whenever he is sad or lonely. However, I disliked how Rahul cared a lot about how people thought he looked and what he liked. I wish he would have more confidence in himself. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book.


One memorable thing about this book is how strong Rahul and Chelsea’s friendship is. They both support each other no matter what and share an everlasting friendship. Even though Rahul feels insecure about himself, Chelsea reassures him that he is a great person. I admire Chelsea for being a great friend and helping Rahul through the school year.

Reviewed by Faribah, Twin Hickory Area Library

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