Ava loves words. She collects palindromes, words like her name that are spelled the same frontward and backward. She enjoys jokes and riddles, rhymes, and vocabulary. And she loves to write. Her story is told through her diary entries as she records her experiences and thoughts. In this book, Ava is having some serious difficulties. Her friend Chuck now has a girlfriend and Ava thinks she may possibly wish she were dating Chuck (instead of Kelli with the sparkly headbands). Then, when she makes a poster of tips for healthy living, some of the older girls at school take the tips as a personal insult and things get really tense. What can a well-meaning 5th grader do when she is misunderstood like that?
The situations are all true to life and deal with things like teasing, bullying, jealousy, crushes, worrying about your weight and other things that kids have to handle every day. Ava's family is depicted as supportive, but not perfect. She even mentions that her mom is not the ideal movie mom that always knows the right thing to say. And she rates some of her dad's "meatless Monday" recipes with rather low scores.
For readers who enjoy realistic fiction and stories with school, friends, and family situations, Ava is entertaining and you might even pick up a tip or two about healthy eating habits or word games.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.