Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Super Sweet 13 – A Candy Apple Book
Author: Helen Perelman
Release Date: March 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Youth Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 8-12
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 9-13
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 3.5
Helen's Website: helenperelman.com
Perfect. Carly’s sweet thirteen birthday party has to be perfect from the guest list to the party theme to the birthday outfit. She’s been planning and researching parties for months now. Her purple notebook is crammed with ideas and tips.
Have you ever had to do homework, keep your grades up and try to plan the perfect party? It’s nerve-wracking!
On top of that, her parents are making her cut the list, which is impossible (they just don’t understand). She doesn’t know if her secret boy crush, Drew, will come. What happens if none of the boys show up? There won’t be any dancing! She is totally obsessed that every last detail be perfect.
Yet perfect is in the eye of the beholder. When things start to fall apart at the last minute, Carly goes into panic mode. What will be the turning point for her to realize that there is more than one way for things to be perfect?
Helen Perelman pens the drama and angst over a milestone in a young lady’s life with gentle compassion, humor, and some "oh brother" moments as well. Carly’s obsession with her sweet thirteen party rings true yet is not without its humbling lessons.
This story is a sweet treat with just a hint of ‘tude.
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