You guys! Holy crap! I loved Awkward by Marni Bates. Mackenzie Wellesley spoke to my inner awkward nerd (by inner I really mean obvious to everyone).
To give you an idea of how much I enjoyed this book, I’ll tell you that it reminded me a lot of Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway. Mackenzie is funny, socially inept and accidentally famous, much like Audrey. Both books have great characters that are easy to relate to – and both are absolutely hilarious.
When Kenzie trips over, straddles and does crazed CPR on a completely conscious popular guy, the subsequent YouTube video goes viral and her life explodes. Luckily, she manages to more-or-less get through it thanks to the cast of completely amazing side characters.
Seriously, the girl has some great friends. Jane, the studious (like studious on a crazed OCD level) BFF that always has her back and Corey, her gay sidekick and personal fashion guru. Then there is Logan (just his name appearing on the page eventually started setting off my inner swoon). What started off as a tutoring relationship turned into something much different.
You guys, just finishing Awkward made me sad because I got so addicted to these characters. Luckily, it looks like Marni Bates has written a companion novel featuring Jane that will be out in the next year or two. I’m definitely looking forward to that!
If you are in the mood for a cute, quick contemporary read that will make you laugh (and swoon!), Awkward is definitely a book you should pick up. It doesn’t have much substance to it, but that doesn’t keep it from being a great – and really fun – read!