Love and Other Fiascos

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Love and Other Fiascos by Amy Ignatow is the sixth book in the Popularity Papers series.

Love and Other Fiascos by Amy Ignatow is the sixth book in the Popularity Papers series. It again stars the unpopular BFF’s Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang, who continue their adventures and misadventures in 7th grade.

 

This book takes place in February somewhere in New England. There are some references to Colorado in the novel, including Denver, which made it more interesting because I could identify most of the places that they referred to.

 

 

I liked this book for many reasons, especially for the funny illustrations, conversations, and the many imperfections of these characters. The book is laid out sort of like a scrap-book, with IM messages, doodles, and notes being passed back and forth during class. The illustrations make it look like a seventh grader illustrated it.

 

Even though a geeky boy, miscommunications, and the “sticky note of doom” tear the girls apart, but commitment to friendship brings them back together.

 

I would recommend this book for girls ages 10 and older because there are some mature themes, and many scenes are taking place in the halls of middle school. There are some themes that are reoccuring in the series, so you probably wouldn’t understand them without reading the rest of the series first. This is not the best book to read during quiet independent reading time at school because you will laugh out loud throughout.

 

I finished this book in about two hours, so I would recommend checking it out from the library instead of spending $16 at the store on it.