Book - 2015 | First Yen Press edition
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After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.
Publisher: New York, NY : Yen Press, 2015
Edition: First Yen Press edition
ISBN: 9780316381321 (hardcover)
0316381322 (hardcover)
9780316381307 (paperback)
0316381306 (paperback)
Branch Call Number: YGN CHMAKOVA
Characteristics: 210 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm


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Middle school is awkward. We must rise above.

MapleValleyEnumclawTeens Aug 22, 2016

This is a great graphic novel about middle school and all its awkwardness, friendship, school drama, and the like. Also, this book has a ton of diverse characters to celebrate! Fans of Smile, Drama, Sisters, and Roller Girl will love this.

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This is an AMAZING book! I absolutely love it. The art and the story is just awesome~

Jul 04, 2020

M trying 2 let me read it but it keeps canceling my hold!!

Jun 02, 2020

I cant Read book it wont let me borrow.

JCLBrittanyC Jan 18, 2020

This graphic series came with a co-worker's recommendation, and oh my goodness, I loved them. Each book in this series contains the same group of characters, but the protagonist for each book changes, which I thought was a clever way to keep you immersed in their middle school world throughout the series. I think these books would be incredible for upper elementary school students, as they encounter situations that may be awkward, where they may have to be brave, and where they begin developing a crush. I think these books offer a lot for young people to learn, and the illustrations are just so fun, so how could you not give it a try!

Dec 17, 2019

A pretty awesome book I should say! Funny enough, I discovered about this book a few months ago while randomly looking around a Chapters/Indigo store and thought it looked interesting, but I didn't have the money to buy it so I decided to borrow a copy at the library instead. Despite the book being made for a younger audience, I still enjoyed it as a 20 year old. The story was really relatable, especially back in the days when I was in middle school myself a couple of years ago, a really shy and awkward dude (though I still kinda am to this day :P) I would highly recommend this book to everyone, and I'm considering purchasing my own copy as well as the other books in the Berrybrook Middle School series, Brave, Crush and Dairy.

Nov 22, 2019

I love you, Svetlana. The first thing I read by her was her Dramacon manga series. Perfect young girl/teen/adult who still read teen literature or work in book stores so they just read everything to be aware of what's out there. Her books, Awkward and Crush go to another level than Dramacon. Realistic, relatable matched with flawless artwork to go with it. She doesn't go overboard on the story or the artwork. No distractions, allowing the reader to take it in because the dialogue does it all with that extra help of the art.

Aug 27, 2019

i love this book amazing

SPPL_Noah Aug 07, 2019

I think the Chmakova graphic novels are the best newish middle-grade books we've got. Really good. Check one of these out for a kid.

Jul 29, 2019

Peppi is awkward, like the rest of us and she grows into such a role model for everyone. when she helps and makes new friends we can all relate. I hope that awkward people like Peppi (and myself) learn that being awkward is ok.
I think you should be 5 to read this book

Jul 17, 2019

This book was pretty good! one part I liked in this book was how Penelope kept trying to apologize to Jamie but kept making excuses or ran away and hid whenever she had the chance and it was long after until she finally apologized.

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