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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
Published by Drew @ Twin Hickory
Hi, my name is Drew, and I am the Teen Librarian at Twin Hickory Area Library. I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012, worked as the teen contact at Glen Allen Branch Library from December 2012-April 2018, and started at Twin Hickory in April 2018. Before being hired, I was a regular volunteer with the Henrico County Public Library. I was even a TAB member about fifteen years ago!
At Twin Hickory, we have a lot of great materials in our young adult section. We have a wide selection of manga, graphic novels, and audiobooks along with plenty of newly-released books and other favorites.
Things about me:
*Favorite YA Books: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, Goliath by Scott Westerfeld, Tangerine by Edward Bloor
*Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight
*Favorite Classic Movie: The Thin Man
*Favorite American Comic: Bone by Jeff Smith
*Favorite Manga: Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
*Favorite Music: I listen to a lot of different stuff, but some favorites are Billy Joel, Goo Goo Dolls, Jack’s Mannequin, Anamanaguchi, and an assortment of movie and video game soundtracks.
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