Forget Me Nat by Maria Scrivan

61fcOZFaJIL._AC_UY218_Forget Me Nat (Nat Enough, #2) by Maria Scrivan. Graphix, 2020. 9781338538250

Format: ARC (9/20 pub date)

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

Genre:  Realistic fiction

What did you like about the book? Middle schooler Nat feels good about herself: she’s got good pals, her comics are appreciated by classmates, and … she’s in love! Derek is in her class, and everything he says or does tells her he likes her too. Her pals Zoe and Flo get tired of her constantly telling them the latest Derek-related news. In fact, when Zoe develops her own crush on Yuki, a tuba player in band, Nat barely hears her. The reader can tell that Derek does like Nat, but not necessarily in the romantic way that she thinks. Scrivan perfectly channels the ups and downs of a middle school first crush, as well as boring classes, band practice and the drama of the cafeteria lunch table.  I like that Nat’s friends and classmates are a diverse bunch, and that her friends help her get over the inevitable heartache. The gentle humor of this story will make the middle grade reader feel good about their own social challenges. Scrivan’s (and Nat’s) art style is like a comic strip or zine and is very accessible.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Offer this to fans of Nat Enough and other realistic middle grade graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier, Jennifer and Matthew Holm, and Terri Libenson.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle schools and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: July 22, 2020

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