In Sofia’s words . . .
Mia St. Claire is only the most popular girl in all of Middlebrooke Middle School. For three very obvious reasons:
1. She’s very rich.
2. She has tons of money.
3. She can buy anything and everything she wants. And she does.
I’m sure people like her for other reasons too, but none of those reasons are obvious enough for me to really know. Or care about, for that matter.” -from Goodreads
“Gossip from the Girls Room” is a cute little book. It’s the notebook of Sofia Becker, who has a unique voice, and a good way to convey here feelings and opinions- as well as all the gossip at school, in the notebook. It’s filled with amusing doodles which really just emphasize the funny bits of the book. The doodles are also cute in that they are unique, with kind of a school girl doodle style with a touch of japanese manga type of flair (ex.. the big eyes in her drawings of people). This book has a nice story where Sofia learns some important lessons about gossip- including the fact that she can hurt people, it’s not always true, things aren’t always what they seem to be (and neither are people) and she also naturally and importantly learned how it felt to be the talk of the halls, whether because of her mom teaching, or because she was actually the daughter of the mom everyone was talking about because of well something. I don’t want to spoil everything. I also liked how author Rose Cooper managed to really inhibit the 5th or 6th graders mind (in my opinion) with Sofia.This book was a bit young for me, but that’s a personal thing- and it was a nice book-. I also liked that it reminded me of when I was younger and used to read those American Girl “Amelia’s Notebook” books. 4 stars for something I think 10,11,12 year olds will really enjoy.
If you would like to learn more about “Gossip From the Girls Room” go to author Rose Cooper’s blog: here.
Thank you Random House for sending me this book to review.
Reader’s note: THIS REVIEW IS BIASED IN NO WAY by being sent a review copy. Real Opinions=ForTheWin.