Chocolate-Covered Baloney by K.D. McCrite
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Okay, to be fair this is probably closer to three stars than two...
I liked the message of this book... Family and forgiveness and accepting people instead of always judging them. I loved the ending and I was glad everyone was able to work out their individual issues. Each character showed a lot of growth and that was very satisfying to me. April didn't grow up as much as she could have, maybe... but then again it might have been weird and inauthentic if she had grown a ton. She is just a little girl, after all.
The reason my rating is so low: The voice is clear and consistent through the book but it is... obnoxious. At first I was giggling to myself, April Grace is silly and funny and kind of the clear head between her and her sister. After a while, though, she just started to sound mean and catty. Her jabs at her sister were cruel. (Of course, I have sisters and I get that they can get on one's nerves, but she never had a single nice thing to say to her sister.) She used the exact same words and exact same phrases over and over again and it got old.
All in all... I don't feel like I wasted my time, but I wouldn't read this book again. It was cute and had a good story and a lot of redeeming qualities... I just didn't love it.
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