Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rocketgirl Reviews: Of All the Stupid Things

For some time now, I've mentioned my stepkiddos-to-be, Rocketboy and Rocketgirl. They're 12 and 13, and both the monkeys like to read, but they have some very specific preferences. Rocketboy won't read just anything. He needs a book to capture his attention right off the bat, and he's quite the artist, so he's always drawn to graphic novels.

Rocketgirl is a born writer. She scribbles all the time, and God only knows how many notebooks she's filled since she moved here to be with us a year ago. She's also an avid reader, and she reminds me a lot of myself at her age. She likes things that tend toward the slightly romancey, though she's not averse to other books, too.

Both of the kids have been observing and helping Chuck with some of his graphic design projects--my logo, for one. They've both seen this blog, and they think it's cool, and I'm not sure who brought up the idea of Rocketgirl reviewing for me. She wants to start her own blog as well, but that'll be a work in progress once she reviews here for a bit. She decided to start with her most recent read: Of All the Stupid Things, by Alexandra Diaz. I won this pretty gem of a book from Trisha at Eclectic/Eccentric, so thanks to her.

Without further ado...Rocketgirl Reviews!

I was roaming the bookshelf looking for something to read when I stumbled upon the book Of All the Stupid Things! I read this book within two days because it was so good. The book is about three best friends: Tara, Pinkie, and Whitney Blaire.

Tara is an athletic girl who has to train for a marathon coming up in a few months. After hearing a rumor about her beloved boyfriend, Brent, having an affair with a boy cheerleader, everything starts to go downhill. While Tara was away on a trip with her mother she ran into her father and his new family. Which made things even more difficult . When this new girl, Riley, comes to town they become best friends. Pinkie and Whitney Blaire's friendship with Tara gradually fades away because of anger. It only makes things worse when Tara's assumption about Whitney Blaire and Brent together gets into her head.

Pinkie is like the glue in the friendship. She is the one that is happy, huggy, and is pushed to the side when there is a fight. Whitney Blaire ends up forcing Pinkie to choose sides. She ends up running to her best friend, David, for some guy advice after Whitney Blaire assumes something horrifying to Pinkie about Tara. Yet she has different problems; Pinkie is dating, or she thinks she is dating, the after school teacher when he invites her to an assembly. When she's not dealing with friends, family, and teachers, she's visiting her mom's gravestone, giving her letters, and telling her everything that goes on.

Whitney Blaire tries to stop the relationship from ending but also is trying to stop the new girl, Riley, from stealing Brent from Tara. When Whitney Blaire overhears Riley talking to some friends she tries to step in but is at the wrong place at the wrong time. And then Whitney Blaire runs into trouble with David, the guy who's had a crush on her for years.

I love this book because it teaches you lessons in different ways. One is you can't assume anything because if you assume wrong it will end up in chaos. In this novel, it's all about trust in others, friendship, loyalty, support, and being there for others.

However, I'm not a big fan of the misspelled words. Sentences that were missing words, or words that didn't belong, and some sentences where words needed to be switched.

Overall, with those adjustments the book was great.
Thanks for checking out Rocketgirl's very first review. She's reading To Kill a Mockingbird right now, and I think she plans to share her thoughts on reading it for the first time in honor of the book's 50th anniversary. Stay tuned!


  1. What a great idea to have rocketgirl do a review! I liked this book so I'm glad to see that she did as well :)

  2. Fantastic review! I bought this book while I was in New York, so I'm glad to see it's so good!

  3. Great review, Rocketgirl! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the book and hope to see more of your reviews!

  4. I think it's very cool that Rocketgirl is reviewing, and I'm glad I could pass along this book! I look forward to more reviews.

  5. I must admit to being really excited about hearing her thoughts on To Kill a Mockingbird. I believe that I read it for the first time when I was her enjoyed and it one of the only "required reads" that I remember absolutely loving. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Rocketgirl -- GREAT JOB! I think your post is very insightful and gives great attention to detail on what would have worked better and what you liked! I look forward to more of your reviews!

  7. Thanks guys! Rocketgirl was REALLY happy to see comments to her post and she says "Thank you." I'm sure she'll express her gratitude in her next post.

    Meanwhile Rocketboy will be posting one soon as well. :)

  8. Wonderful review. And I love this idea to have rocketgirl do some of the reviews! If she creates a blog, I'll definitely be a follower.

  9. Great review Rocketgirl! I look forward to hearing what you think about To Kill a Mockingbird.

  10. I loved reading Rocketgirl's review. So much so that I'm tempted to snag a copy of this book for myself. I'll look forward to her next review (and blog)! Well done!


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