My Best Frenemy Julie Bowe
Welcome to the blog tour for the newest book what is now being called the "Friends for Keeps" series. (Previous titles are My Last Best Friend and My New Best Friend) Yesterday, the tour was at Bildungsroman and tomorrow it's heading off to TeensReadToo book club.
So, I am a huge Julie Bowe fan, and not just because she's also from Wisconsin and also went to college in Iowa. (Although that's an awesome combination. Trust me.)
Her Friends for Keeps series (I reviewed the previous titles here) is awesome because it's a great look at the complications of female friendship before you get into the complications that come with puberty and boys. Also, Ida May is just awesome.
Jenna and Brooke have been best friends since forever, but lately they're not talking. Stacey's been spending a lot of time with Brooke and Ida's worried that she's losing her best friend. Meanwhile, Brooke's challenging Jenna for who will be top girl in Mr. Crow's class.
Everything starts to go really sour when Truth and Dare gets introduced and gets way out of hand and Ida feels like she doesn't have any friends...
My favorite character in this installment is Randi. She's the class tomboy and she's so not down with they eyeshadow trend, but good dares are something she knows how to do. I also really like Ida and Jenna's developing relationship that's building slowly over the books. I love how the friendship dynamics change on a daily basis, even if it is causing some traumatic flashbacks to me feeling alone on the occasional recess and being a total witch about it when I was in 3rd grade (really, it's a miracle I wasn't alone for more recesses with the way I could act. Aiya.) Ida and her friends capture so perfectly the pain and joy of being a kid and I love returning to them with each book.
I really hope you check out this series, because it's terrific and deserves the love. Excellent clean realistic fiction for middle grade girls.
AND! A GIVEAWAY! Julie and her publisher are giving away a copy of My Best Frenemy, a button, and bookmark to one of my readers! All you have to do is leave a comment below. If you Tweet about it or post the giveaway on Facebook or blog about it or something similar and then TELL ME ABOUT IT (you have to tell me!) you'll get an extra entry for each extra thing you do. Comments have to be posted by midnight (US Eastern time) on Friday night. The winner will be drawn and announced on Sunday.
Enter away, spread the word, and check out Friends for Keeps. The fourth book, My Forever Friends is due out in Summer, 2011! YAY!
Book Provided by... the author, for the blog tour.
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