Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up – Jessica Brody


51baifpaqdl Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up – Jessica Brody,  Delacorte Press, 9780399555107, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Adeline Bell hates so many things about being 12 years old.  She doesn’t have a dog, her parents always call her by her childish nickname “Addie”, her 16-year-old sister never wants to hang out, and even her best friend Grace wants to keep doing childish things.  Addie wants to grow up.  Fast.  When her elderly neighbor gifts her with a magical wish-granting jewelry box Addie scoffs at the idea but still puts her wish inside anyway: “I wish I was 16”.  In a story that is an adorable mix of movies like Freaky Friday, Click, 13 Going on 30, and Big; Addie discovers that skipping 4 years might mean she has a dog and a stylish new bedroom decor; but she also doesn’t REMEMBER anything from that 4 year gap.  Which makes French class a nightmare and driving a crashing-disaster.  Plus?  It looks like she’s not even friends with Grace anymore but instead seems to be a minion on the Mean Girl’s squad!  Maybe being a high schooler isn’t all it’s cracked up to me. Addie has to work to figure out who this 16-year-old version of herself IS and has to decide if it is really the sort of “her” she’d ever want to become. And if she ever wants to undo this wish; she’ll need to find the long-lost key to that magical jewelry box.  This is sweet and nostalgic and very fun.

Anything you didn’t like about it? It’s predictable and not a deep read and the awkward/embarrassing moments might make you cringe while you’re laughing but overall it is charming, light, and easy to get sucked into

To whom would you recommend this book?  Middle schoolers dreaming of being older will really enjoy this but also young high school readers could enjoy a bit of nostalgia about the days of wishing they were older and the pros/cons that Addie finds during her time as a 16-year-old.

Who should buy this book? Middle Schools, Public Libraries

Where would you shelve it? Middle grade Fantasy Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: April Duclos, Hudson Public Library, Hudson MA

Date of review: 2/19/17

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