Monday, March 26, 2018
Lights, Camera, Disaster, by Erin M. Dionne
A middle reader about a girl with a lot of artistic inspiration but not very much inner discipline. That makes for a difficult read because her problems, while potentially rooted in physiology, seem mostly to do with an inability to simply sit down and do the work. It doesn't help that she is also prone to tedious bouts of self-pity that annoy parents, teachers, and friends (and thus the reader as well). That she eventually turns her life around is what mostly saves this story, but it's a hard trudge.
That said, a character strong enough to annoy you is at least a well-written one! And Dionne's ear for modern middle school life is admirable. Young readers will get this story and, if they are forgiving enough about the narrator's faults, may well enjoy her journey.
[Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Scholastic Press, in exchange for an unbiased review. The book goes on sale on March 27, 2018]