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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Poor Me by Dara Edmonson & Raina Edmonson

Poor Me by Dara Edmonson & Raina Edmonson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Short (19 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Suns
Review by: Cholla

When Jessie’s mother gets a job at an expensive private high school, Jessie can attend free. Trying to fit in with a group of stuck-up rich kids, she denies even knowing the lowly school secretary – her very own mother. Is being part of the in-crowd worth denying the one person Who genuinely cares about her?

Being a teenager is hard enough, but when you’re poor and just barely making it, things are that much worse. When Jessie’s mother lands a good paying job as secretary at a ritzy private school, she does everything she can just to fit in. Until it all goes horribly wrong.

Jessie is your typical teenage girl. She has a good head on her shoulders, works hard, and keeps her nose clean. And then she’s introduced to a group of snobby rich kids who lure her into their mean games. All she wanted was to fit in and she suddenly falls into the keeping-up-with-the-Jones’ trap. Her mental monologue convinces you that she knows right from wrong and you’re just waiting for her to find her way out of the viscous cycle she’s in. However, in the end, she sees the light and gets the sweetest revenge possible.

In this touching and real-to-life story, Jessie’s struggles within herself and in her relationships touch on the things that all teens are faced with, whether they’re rich, poor, or stuck somewhere in the middle. Poor Me is beautifully written and styled in a way that is appealing to both younger readers as well as adults. And, in the end, she learns one of life’s most important lessons – one that will stick with the reader long after they’ve finished the book.

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