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January 23, 2012

Review: Awkward by Marni Bates - Juhina

Title: Awkward
Author: Marni Bates
Publication date: January 1st, 2012
Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Challenges: YA Contemporary, SARC 
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 300
Mackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she's the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous - not to mention unwelcome - attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, Mackenzie is an Internet sensation, with four million hits and counting. Sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes, she even catches the eye of the most popular guy at school. And that's when life gets really interesting...
Awkward was the perfect read during my stressful days of exams. It was funny, with a very likable protagonist and a plot that I highly enjoyed. Marni Bates is definitely an author I will follow for any new contemporary YA releases. 
The story revolves around Mackenzie, and there's no other way of saying it but she's a total klutz. She is part of the Non-Notables crowd, meaning the invisibles at high school, and the last thing she wanted was to have the spotlight on her. That's what happened when she tried to perform CPR on one of The Notables that she knocked down by accident. The video was posted on youtube and went viral. This equals to instant fame (Rebecca Black anyone?, but more likable). Mackenzie has enough of The Notables from tutoring Logan Beckett, but that's exactly what she gets, an overload of Notables. 
With this new fame, and the interest of two boys, Mackenzie isn't sure if its her fame or herself they're interested in. I love that Mackenzie didn't get caught up in the fame and ditch her friends, and wasn't naive about the sudden interest for her by the boys. Overall, Mackenzie chose the right guy without going through the whole drama of deciding.
This was a very light and fluffily read, definitely cute and I can say that I totally adored this book and would recommend it to all contemporary lovers! 
An upbeat tune! 


  1. This sounds really cool. Kind of reminds me of dancergirl minus the stalker haha. Great review Juhina!

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  2. This one seems awesome. I really like the cover and also it sounds a little bit like Audrey, Wait!(not that I have read it though, just the sounds of it) by Robin Benway. Love your review :D

  3. It seems like there are lots of books about the "invisible crowd" in books these days.
    Great review!!

  4. I never heard of this book but it sounds really good and the cover is really interesting! Awesome review, Juhina! Glad you enjoyed it! :)♥

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  5. Juhina, every time you review a great contemp, it makes me WANT the book. :D And I don't even read much contemporary compared to other genres. This sounds like such a fun read and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)

    1. haha YES! i am hopefully slowly converting you to a contemporary lover! :D

      - juhina

  6. This sounds like the perfect type of contemp! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I'm so excited to get my hands on it :0)