Mackenzie Blue Carmichael (aka "Zee") is a little nervous about starting 7th grade. She is still crushing on Landon Beck. And who should she run into on the first morning of school? Landon. Literally! Zee's books - and her diary - went flying. She scooped it all back into her backpack ... or at least she thought she did. Within days, excerpts from her diary - including her feelings for Landon - started showing up on the blackboard in music class. Who was doing this to her? and why? Was it because of the Teen Sing competition? Was someone trying to keep her out of the contest?
There are a few things I like about the story, but mostly it reads like a script for a mashup of old Disney shows: iCarly, Shake It Up, Austin & Ally, Lemonade Mouth, etc. The plot is fairly predictable and the characters are fairly stereotypical
While I get that having an antagonist (Kathi) can be useful, her behavior is over-the-top. It's one thing to bully peers, but she crossed the line in what she did to the music teacher. Speaking of which ... Mr. P. is a key player and serves as a mentor to Zee and her peers. What isn't clear is what exactly caused him to change his appearance and get it together at the very end of the book.
Readers with stars in their eyes or who love music contest shows will find themselves dreaming big with Mackenzie.
If you don't like books that give examples of mean-girl behavior, you may want to skip.
This is a lightly illustrated chapter book about a girl with big dreams of becoming a star.
If your daughter is getting ready to go to middle school, this might be a nice book to share together so that you can discuss some of the scenarios and what to expect. In reality, this is a book to read just for fun.
9 and Up
9 and Up
Borrow if your reader likes predictable stories, this is for them. Otherwise, skip.