Bad Best Friend, by Rachel Vail was a wonderful well written book. This book tells the story of Niki and her apparent “best friend”, Ava. When Ms. Andry, the gym teacher, tells everyone to stand next to their best friend, Ava moved closer to Brittany leaving Niki feeling abandoned and alone in front of the whole class. In what seems to be the end of the world for Niki, is actually a whole new beginning for her, she learns that she isn’t just the shadow of Ava.
Further on in the book, Niki starts to meet her new-old friends that she left behind to become friends with Ava. Niki starts to see the fun and good in them and regrets leaving them behind. There were so many huge events that I was like, “Wow! Did that really just happen?!” We also start to understand the personality traits of Niki’s little brother, Danny.
This book helped me realize how important friendship is. I feel like I have experienced friendship problems like these and I feel like many other people have experienced things like this too. I really learned a lot from this book about how people change and you can’t control it. I also learned that the people you care for will always be there for you no matter what, you can always count on them.
I really enjoyed this book. This book is so life like. It includes friend drama, boys, and the popular girl clique. Of course middle school will always be a roller costar for everybody, but Niki learned, and so did I, that you never really lost your true friends and that they will always be there for you.