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The History of Hilary Hambrushina
Marnie Lamb
Publication date: May 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Hilary has one goal for her first year in junior high: to become popular. But her plans are turned upside down when her best friend leaves for the summer and a quirky girl named Kallie moves in next door. Kallie paints constellations on her ceiling, sleeps in a hammock, and enacts fantastical plays in front of cute boys on the beach. Yet despite Kallie’s lack of interest in being -cool, – Hilary and Kallie find themselves becoming friends. That summer friendship, however, is put to the test when school begins, reigniting Hilary’s obsession with climbing the social ladder. As Hilary discovers the dark side to popularity, she must decide who she wants to be before she loses everything.

- Review -

      First, I have to say I enjoyed the author's writing style, and how she builds her characters. But this book didn't feel young adult, it's felt middle grade. With that said, if it was pitched as a middle grade I would have liked it that much more because I went in thinking it was a YA and expecting things more YA feel.

     With that said, I did enjoy this book. I like how it's a book written by the main character herself when she was old. I like how the arts play a huge part in this story. There are a few characters who get bullying, as someone who has been in those shoes, I felt that the scenes were written well. Like I said before, this isn't a bad story. I enjoyed it, there's a mix of different kinds of girls, with all different kind of problems. Filled with many lessons for young girls. Kallie is by far my favorite character in this book, her free ways, standing up for what she believes in and her friends; are amazing. While the main character, Hilary, who at times I wanted to yell at, is a girl who learns many lessons, who finds your writing about in the book.

     One of the parts I enjoyed most about this story was there is a scene where Hilary's class was to do a project showing their family roots. I have been looking into my own family roots, so I enjoy and books that have anything to do with that, even if it's just a few pages.

It's a fast read, filled with lessons, that the younger readers would enjoy.

Author Bio:
A Journey Prize nominee, Marnie Lamb earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Windsor. Her short stories have appeared in various Canadian literary journals. Her first novel, a YA book named The History of Hilary Hambrushina, is forthcoming from Iguana Books. When she is not writing fiction or running her freelance editing business, she can be found cooking recipes with eggplant or scouting out colourful fashions at the One of a Kind Show.


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