On my rare attempts to read books targeting children younger than high school, I am always glad when I find a gem which I thoroughly enjoy despite being decades older than the characters. This was one such book.
Pipi Mcgee wants to leave middle school as Penelope McGee and not carry the multiple issues that have plagued her over the years from the first grade. Unfortunately for her, she does not start this year with a flourish either. This spurs into action, and she lists out the things that she needs to change/erase from people’s memory in order to move forward. This is an ambitious plan and she’s looking at everything with hindsight that she thinks is appropriate. She then proceeds to get lost in her plan and forget what she actually meant to do. The plotline is not unique, there are no special twists along the way (at least for adults) but the narration and all the characters were adorable. There was so much that everyone brought into the story, the sudden bursts of humour and I need to iterate the fact that the characters were brilliant. The good, the bad and the in-between were described in a very interesting fashion and it kept me hooked. I actually read this in one sitting and would recommend it to anyone who has the time or the inclination to read a book about a girl who finds herself and her journey on that discovery (and how the supporting cast actually supports her all the way!)
I also think it presents a very positive feel to readers who might empathize with some of Pipi’s troubles, even I had some flashbacks with a few situations!
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is completely based on my own reading experience.