Reel Life Starring Us

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"Reel Life Starring Us" was a cute girly book about fitting in and standing out. The story was about two girls and their lives at Rockwood Hills Middle School (RHMS).

"Reel Life Starring Us" was a cute girly book about fitting in and standing out. The story was about two girls and their lives at Rockwood Hills Middle School (RHMS). One, Chelsea, the popular girl with designer jeans and lots of friends. The other, Dina, an artsy and gutsy weird 'new girl'. Together, they form an unique friendship from working on an assignment for their school's 50th anniversary gala. At RHMS everyone is afraid to be themselves, afraid of Chelsea and her posse, and afraid of 'being chipped'. Dina starts the 8th grade year a month late and without a clue. Rockwood Hills is a lot different from her old school, certainly no one at Dina's previous school would dump crunched up potato chips in someone's backpack. Chelsea, also starting school a month late because of mono, has a secret she's trying to keep from everyone, including her best friends. The duo gets paired up to make a video about RHMS for the 50th anniversary event. Through the twists and turns of this story, rules are broken, secrets are told, and friendships are made.

 

I enjoyed reading "Reel Life Starring Us." The story was cute, and I liked that it had a happy ending. It was told from Chelsea and Dina's perspectives which made hearing the characters' thoughts interesting. The book was a little cheesy, though. During the story, woven in were lessons about being true to yourself and breaking up the ruling cliques.

 

I would recommend this book to upper elementary girls, and to middle school students looking for a cheery quick read. This book was an easy read for me, an 8th grader. One part that really spoke to me was about 8th graders and Facebook. The book wrote, "… That's the whole thing with Facebook, and documenting everything, right? Why else would people share every photo, every update, every video? They want to be remembered, they want to be seen." I never really understood what was so appealing about Facebook, personally I think updating my status and adding pictures of me and my friends is fun, but really people Facebook and update because they want to be remembered and want to be 'seen'. From the 295 pages of "Reel Life Staring Us," I enjoyed this relatable story.

 

This book was published by Amulet Books in 2011. I knew I would enjoy this book by Lisa Greenwald because I've liked another one of her books, "My Life In Pink and Green." I encourage girls to read "Reel Life Starring Us"; especially if they liked "My Life In Pink and Green." For more information about "Reel Life Staring Us," go to http://www.lisagreenwald.com/reellife.html.